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October 2018

400 Years of Systems that Still Hurt the Poor

400 Years of Systems that Still Hurt the Poor There is a certain inhumanity to how our society treats the poor. Going back to the English Elizabethan Poor Laws of 1601 (transferred over to America essentially unchanged when the colonies were founded), there has been a distinction in our society between different types of poor people in regards to their eligibility to receive public assistance. The “worthy” poor who qualified for public assistance were unable to work, typically due to disability or illness. On the other hand, the “unworthy” poor were able-bodied but did not work; often because there was …
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Five Twin Cities Organizations Fighting to Overcome Racism

Five Twin Cities Organizations Fighting to Overcome Racism By: April Pierce, Communications & Web Services Intern Immigration and the growing diversity of our nation and our state are constantly in the news and on our minds. As an organization that serves mostly immigrants and other people with diverse backgrounds, Daily Work is always seeking new ways to educate our staff and partners about overcoming racism and how to have more cultural humility in our interactions.   In this pursuit, we regularly discover other Twin City organizations working hard for social justice and racial equity. The best part? Connecting with an …
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Introducing the New Daily Work Case Managers

Introducing the New Daily Work Case Managers By: April Pierce, Communications & Web Services Intern Daily Work is excited to welcome a new group of case management interns: Jensen Bloedorn, Josh Brooks, Leah Sonsalla, and Megan Toner joined us in early September and they will be with us until May 2019. They are now fully trained in their new roles and are meeting with job seekers. During the ebb and flow of interns and volunteers leaving and joining us, we fully appreciate how valuable they are to Daily Work. Daily Work maximizes every dollar donated thanks to the hard work and …
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Big Change in the Works for St. Paul Job Seekers: $15 Minimum Wage

Big Change in the Works for St. Paul Job Seekers: $15 Minimum Wage By: Megan Toner, Case Management Intern St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is paving the way for a big change in the way St. Paul’s minimum wage workers live. Minimum wage has been a hot topic for years. Many people now realize that people working for minimum wage do not make enough money to support themselves or their families.  An article on CNBC by Ester Bloom states, “The percentage of American full-time, minimum-wage workers who can afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment in any U.S. state without being what …
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Warning! Cute Kid Photo!

The Daily Work office was full of energy yesterday, thanks to these three. Children often have to accompany their parents to Daily Work. You can help them pass the time when they’re here by donating healthier, individually-wrapped snacks, crayons (8-packs), and small coloring books. We also appreciate other snacks (with a good shelf life) or toiletries that we can give to job seekers who are hungry or homeless. 

Let’s Warm Things Up!

Let’s Warm Things Up! By Leah Sonsalla, Case Management Intern Although the calendar may claim it’s fall, the weather near Daily Work feels more like winter. The temperature has dropped and so have a few snowflakes. Even though the weather is colder, it’s still nice to walk outside, bundled up with a warm coat, to see all the beautiful fall leaves adorning the trees. Sadly, our job seekers don’t always have the luxury of a nice, warm coat. When people are struggling to maintain employment, everything in their life is impacted. What it would be like for you if you …
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From Homeless to AV Tech; Jeff’s Journey

From Homeless to AV Tech; Jeff’s Journey By: Jensen Bloedorn, Case Management Intern There’s so much more to Daily Work than I expected. With just my short time being here, I am helping job seekers to study for exams, better manage their financials, or find the right wardrobe for their new job…and this is just the beginning. It is so rewarding and humbling to be a part of someone else’s journey to discover their inner strength. When Jeff first came to Daily Work he was nearly out of money. He had $100 in his savings account and he was unemployed. …
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Daily Work in the News!

  Daily Work in the News! The May Steps to Success luncheon was a success story thanks to the hard work and dedication of the students of Inver Hills Community College. Under the supervision of Julie Hoff and their professor Amy Zsohar, the students of the small group communications class developed real-world work skills and gained valuable knowledge and experience in the planning of a nonprofit fundraising event.  Read more about their experience in this Inver Hills News Story: https://news.inverhills.edu/blog/community-based-learning-with-daily-work/