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May 2016

The Snail

The Snail A snail pauses on a porch to look out and ponder all he sees. He is soon joined by a man who steps out onto the porch to do the same. Looking down and seeing the snail the man nudges it off the porch with his boot. Three months later the man once again steps out onto his porch. Looking down he again sees the snail that looks up and asks, “What was that all about?” The man perceived the snail as inconsequential to his life and as not belonging. I sometimes feel that many people perceive immigrants …
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Our Separate Realities

Our Separate Realities The light turns red. On the driver’s side of my car there is a man holding a sign; he is outside in the cold. The sign says “homeless, anything helps, God bless.” I feel uncomfortable; I want to lock my doors. Not because I think this man will hurt me in anyway, but rather because I want to separate myself from his reality; to not have ours mesh. “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” If I separate myself from this man; then maybe …
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Daily Work – Helping job seekers get better options

Daily Work – Helping job seekers get better options My name is Lovetter Zizi and I am a case management intern at Daily Work. My family and I left our country, Liberia, in 1990 because of the ongoing civil war. We settled in the refugee camp in Ghana. I remember we came to the United States on October 2, 2000. The first week into the U.S. we had to get our medical assessment and vaccinations. Three months after being in the United States we got our green cards and reality began to kick in. My uncle was finding it difficult …
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Thank you for a wonderful lunch!

“Daily Work was put in my path for a reason…and I want to thank all of you for making this resource possible for me and others like me.” — Ingrid, Daily Work Job Seeker. Dressed in maroon and gold, Ingrid nervously…and then proudly, shared her inspiring path to a full-time job with the University of Minnesota. Prior to beginning a full-time job with the “U” in January, Ingrid had spent more than 5 years struggling in temporary and part-time positions, hoping that “this was the one” that would give her the security provided by a steady income and health benefits. …
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