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So… What really is Halloween?

So… What really is Halloween? For some Americans Halloween is a chance to dress up as their favorite super hero or possibly a scary monster and for kids, get lots of yummy candy. There are movies, décor, and apparel all dedicated to this time of the year. But where did this tradition of dressing up as someone else and buying expensive costumes originate? These things may make it seem like an American tradition to go door-to-door asking strangers for treats and candy, but where did it all start? Definitely. According to History.com (https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/samhain) Halloween is a tradition hailing from Celtic …
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Want to Get Motivated?

Want to Get Motivated? Sometimes it can be tough getting motivated. We’ve all been there; up against the wall of ‘which way to turn next’. Maybe you’ve lost steam on your job hunt– applying for what seems like hundreds of jobs, but not getting any bites. Perhaps you’re not sure which path to head down, what next steps to take. Maybe you’re just not feeling very engaged or interested in making a change because you don’t have the energy or time. We know the feeling!! Getting motivated can feel like an uphill battle, but with some nifty techniques, this process …
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The Bus Trip that Changed my Perspective

The Bus Trip that Changed my Perspective I rode the city bus once as an adult and I never used it again ever. That experience brings back anxiety-filled memories of when I was a kid riding the school bus and I missed my bus stop when I fell asleep on the bus. All of these emotions of sadness and fear flooded me again when I rode the city bus. The voices in my head overflowed as I wondered “Gosh, am I really lost? How am I going to go home? Where am I? Is this a safe neighborhood to get …
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What is Welfare?

What is Welfare? When we think of the word “welfare”, most of us are conditioned to picture social programs designed to aid poor people or people with disabilities; SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid (Medical Assistance in Minnesota), Free and Reduced School Lunches, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (aka Minnesota Family Investment Program in Minnesota), Social Security Disability Insurance. These programs are heavily stigmatized and most are subject to means testing, in which the recipients have to prove that they are poor below a certain threshold and/or disabled and unable to hold a job. However, there is a more helpful, more complete …
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Picnic In The Park

Calling Daily Work job seekers, donors, volunteers, friends, and families Let’s gather to celebrate community at a Picnic in the Park! The Picnic will be Tuesday, September 10 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the east picnic pavilions in Como Park, (Midway Parkway and Como Avenue).  Celebration will include  sharing stories & food and activities such as music, lawn games, kid fun, and a silent auction & raffle drawing. The event is free to attend and all proceeds benefit Daily Work job seekers. *Como Park East Picnic Pavilion: 1199 Midway Pkwy @ Como Ave. Register by September 4th:  https://dwpicnic.eventbrite.com To …
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How Daily Work Fights Bureaucracy’s “Iron Cage”

How Daily Work Fights Bureaucracy’s “Iron Cage” Have you ever felt trapped by bureaucracy? You’re not the only one! Max Weber, a German sociologist and one of the founders of European Sociology, theorizes about the process and results of bureaucratization. According to Weber, the system of bureaucracy emerged in the capitalist context as a form of reforming organization and striving for a more efficient means of industry and economy in order to maximize output. He argues that this system cannot exist without a hierarchy of positions, in which laborers are subject to supervision and regulation by those in higher positions. …
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Something I wish Everyone Knew

Something I wish Everyone Knew Daily Work’s mission is to provide mentoring and employment services so job seekers can thrive. Through our mission, we are doing our part to create a community where everyone can work, grow, and contribute. But that’s not the whole story. Something else I wish everyone knew is that Daily Work doesn’t find dead-end, minimum wage jobs for our job seekers. We sit down with each job seeker individually and learn what they need in a job in order to thrive. We don’t just group everyone together and get them whatever job we feel would be …
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How do you make your voice heard?

How do you make your voice heard? Social Work Day at the Capitol took place Monday, April 8, and all four Daily Work interns participated. By having Social Work Day at the Capitol, social workers are able to represent their career and advocate for the services that will benefit the people that they work with. A large number of social work students attend the event and meet with legislators to discuss topics like mental health services in schools and community programs for older adults. When I was in a group meeting with a representative, many of the students in the …
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The Triple Trauma often Faced by Refugees and Immigrants

The Triple Trauma often Faced by Refugees and Immigrants When working with people at Daily Work, we strive to know about their personal life experiences because these experiences shape their perceptions and how they interact with the world. At Daily Work. Many job seekers are immigrants or refugees. Moving to a new country can be a very stressful experience and in many cases, it causes trauma. For refugees especially, they often have experienced a “triple trauma paradigm”. David Schuchman, a social worker with 30+ years’ experience working with immigrants and refugees, recently spoke at a Daily Work staff meeting to …
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25+ Students Interested in Internships with Daily Work

25+ Students Interested in Internships with Daily Work It may seem hard to believe, but Daily Work will likely select all of its Fall 2019 interns by the end of April. The process for attracting students is very competitive; more than 80 social service agencies attended the “Field Fair” on the University of Minnesota Campus to share information about internship opportunities for students. The “field fair” is essentially a mini-trade show for Master of Social Work students from the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Augsburg University to learn about internship (field) opportunities. Eleven students from the fair expressed interest in …
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