The Allen Temple Housing & Economic Development Corporation ATHEDCO is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to address the pressing economic issues facing the residents and neighborhoods of East Oakland and beyond. DJASSTA is a program of The Allen Temple Housing & Economic Development Corporation (ATHEDCO). It is a faith-based organization whose mission is to provide education, vocational training, and career development services to formerly incarcerated individuals in order to assist them to become self-sufficient; develop and follow designated career paths; help build strong communities; work on the reunifications of families; avoid re-offending, and lower the recidivism rate. In 2002, the opening of the Dr. J. Alfred Smith Sr., Training Academy (DJASSTA) enabled ATHEDCO to provide employment training and placement for some of Oakland’s most complex and at-risk populations. DJASSTA provides formerly incarcerated individuals with the skills and support they need to re-enter society and achieve self-sufficiency. DJASSTA provides innovative outreach, mentoring, training, education, job placement, wrap around services, collaborations, and has assisted over 1,200 individuals from Oakland. With continued support, many of these individuals have obtained and retained employment, remained free from incarceration, and have made positive steps towards family and community reunification. 

The predominantly African-American and Latino Staff at DJASSTA are reflective of the service population.  ATHEDCO strategically employs individuals from challenged backgrounds to help increase rapport and empathy, as well as provide positive role models of success. ATHEDCO has spent the last five years working with the formerly incarcerated and is acknowledged nationally as a leader in providing employment services to those returning home from prison.

You can reach us at 510-567-1490 and by fax at 510-567-1474. We are looking forward to hearing from you. You can also contact us at our e-mail address:

If you are not familiar with ATHEDCO/DJASSTA and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.