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Reaching Out Gave Me Hope

It Might Be Worth It for You, Too I started volunteering for Daily Work when I was unemployed in 2013. While my volunteer work used to be more expansive, my current volunteer work is to help create content for the Daily Work website by encouraging the case managers, whether social work interns or volunteers, to write blogs. I know my work may seem strange, but I guide each case worker through the fear to write and into a place to explore their experiences at Daily Work through words. Each of them is encouraged to write 2 or 3 blogs, and …
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Inspired to Sacrifice

Inspired to Sacrifice   A morning in July, at exactly 8:52am in the morning, and I was driving to Daily Work for my regular Friday internship shift when I got a phone call. It was Julie Hoff, the Executive Director of Daily Work. She said, “Good morning, it’s Julie. I’m calling you because I know you’ll be among the first to get to work,” (A compliment I appreciated by the way). In a calm but pained voice, she told me she is having an emergency and will be a little late. She then told me where to get help to …
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Twins Put on a Great Show for Daily Work Raffle Winner

Twins Put on a Great Show for Daily Work Raffle Winner Congratulations to George Soule, the winner of Daily Work’s 2017 raffle drawing on August 21. The raffle prize this year was for a private suite of 24 seats at the September 12 Twins game, a prize valued at $2,400. The suite was donated by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority. Daily Work sold 116 tickets for the raffle and Soule purchased five of them to secure the win. Thank you to everyone who purchased a chance to win. All proceeds from the raffle sales go directly to supporting the day-to-day operations …
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Our New Fall Interns

Summer is gone and fall is here again. Just like the fall leaves changing into a beautiful display of color; Daily Work is enhanced by another ambitious, motivated group of social work interns who are as vibrant, and colorful.  Each of them is different from the other, but at Daily Work come together for the same purpose; to learn to be social workers and help those who are in need.  Daily Work is proud to welcome and introduce from left to right Top Row: Lian Conrad from St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work (BSW and MSW), Le …
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My Daily Work and What It Means To Me

My Daily Work and What It Means To Me When I first came to Daily Work in 2013 I was newly homeless and sick. My physical health was very poor and I couldn’t work like I had in the past. The stress and anxiety of not being able to work and then becoming homeless quickly overwhelmed me and changed the way I saw the world. I was constantly angry about my situation and trouble followed me more than ever before. I couldn’t get along with people anymore, at least not for more than a few minutes. I wondered how could …
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St. Paul and Ramsey County Exploring New Ways to Help Job Seekers

St. Paul and Ramsey County Exploring New Ways to Help Job Seekers By Julie Hoff This story highlights what Daily Work has known for a long time…that there are many people who want to and are able to work, but who cannot navigate today’s (mostly online) job application process without personalized assistance. According to an August 20 Star Tribune story, “‘People want a more hands-on interaction instead of being pushed to a class that they maybe don’t get anything out of — or don’t know what the next step should be,’” said Tonya Draughn, a member of a new committee …
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Daily Work – More Than Just Jobs

Daily Work – More Than Just Jobs You may have heard that Daily Work helps people get jobs, but did you know that we also connect people to other resources that they might need? Bridge to Benefits is among the many other resources that are offered at Daily Work for those who are in need. One of the job seekers that I work with has limited English and is still learning job readiness skills, but he desperately needs a job to pay his rent and bills on time to avoid eviction and electric shut-off. It is not uncommon for Daily …
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Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part II The Importance of Affirmations

Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part II The Importance of Affirmations By Maya Lehmann My first blog on this issue talked about Julia Dinsmore’s poem, “My Name is Not ‘Those People.’” If you haven’t had a chance, I encourage you to look back at that blog and read her poem. In that blog, I introduced the poem and now, I’d like to elaborate on the fundamental wisdom Dinsmore brings to life in it. One of Daily Work’s core values is dignity. At Daily Work, we acknowledge and honor the fundamental value of all people. We pledge …
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Interns Double The Impact At Daily Work

Interns Double the Impact at Daily Work By Becky Montgomery, LICSW, Volunteer Social Work Advisor at Daily Work Do you know that Daily Work has relationships with five different schools of Social Work? This fall, Daily Work will host interns from the Schools of Social Work at Metro State (BSW), St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work (BSW and MSW), University of Minnesota (MSW) and University of Wisconsin-River Falls (BSW).  Previously, we also have hosted interns from Augsburg College (BSW), College of St. Scholastica, and this summer, we had our first Saint Olaf College Social Entrepreneurship Scholars intern. Interns …
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Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I It seems like Americans are more polarized than ever before. It is very easy to dismiss and distance ourselves from people whose beliefs, education, background, or values are different from ours. This seems particularly true in the political rhetoric these days, especially when it comes to government services and public assistance. Essentially, we have created and reinforced an “us” vs. “them” mentality that is harmful to American society and impairs our ability to work together and make positive changes that can benefit us all. This polarization and dichotomy …
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