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.”
Daily Work Today
Fifteen years later, Daily Work is an independent, nonprofit organization operating from two Lutheran churches -‑ Christ on Capitol Hill in St. Paul, and Christ the King in New Brighton. Our partnerships with these congregations are critical to our success, provide office space and basic office equipment to Daily Work. In addition, Daily Work has a close relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), which provides financial and referral support.
But, 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.
Daily Work's Strategic Plan
The 2013–2015 Strategic Plan incorporates the best of what Daily Work has been along with everything we strive to be – a dynamic and effective resource for people who want to become self-sufficient.
Key stakeholders, past and present, participated in a six-month planning process. What resulted is a blueprint for codifying and strengthening Daily Work’s operations and programs, for better quantifying and demonstrating key outcomes, and for becoming a sustainable, responsive resource in our communities for years to come.
Click on the link below to read more about the Daily Work Strategic Plan: