In 1997, Twin Cities' Lutheran pastors identified a critical need for living wage jobs for their urban church members. In response, these pastors wrote grant proposals, received funding, and in 2000, formed Daily Work: an employment-focused ministry utilizing congregational volunteers to support, mentor and assist other congregation and community members failing to make ends meet in low-paying jobs.
The name Daily Work is derived from Luther’s Small Catechism. In his explanation of the first article of the Apostles’ Creed, Luther stated: “I believe that God…provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all I need from day to day.”
Twenty years later, Daily Work today is an independent, nonprofit organization operating from the basement of Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill. We eagerly welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds who need help finding work and who desire long-term self-sufficiency.
In fact, due to changing demographics in our communities, many people Daily Work serves today are new to America: immigrants from Ethiopia, Liberia and Eritrea. Daily Work continues to be primarily a volunteer-driven organization, but volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, including many college interns who are completing field work requirements as part of their degrees.