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Everyone Has A Story

Everyone has a Story My childhood story did not have a lot of color. I grew up going to a school where I could count the number of diverse students on one hand. I came from a town where diversity was not valued…many students were mean to kids from other cultures; they called them names and sometimes even picked fights with them. Even as a child, this always felt wrong to me. Now as a social work student in my senior year, I wanted to change my story. I wanted an internship where I could engage with people who came …
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5th Annual Steps To Success Luncheon – April 26, 2017

Where will you be on April 26? We hope you’ll having lunch with us! In six weeks, on April 26, Daily Work will host our 5th Annual Steps to Success Luncheon..and we have some special things in store! This year’s event will feature: MPR news reporter and radio personality Kerri Miller (pictured here) as our emcee. She currently hosts MPR News with Kerri Miller, The Thread® and Talking Volumes™. A special performance demonstrating how everything in our lives, especially housing, impacts our employment..and vice versa. Did you know that nearly 20 percent of Daily Work job seekers are struggling with homelessness? Compelling information about how your support is helping …
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Immigrants Play Vital Role in America’s Past, Present and Future

Immigrants Play Vital Role in America’s Past, Present and Future As an organization that serves mostly immigrants, we enjoy the strength, intelligence, and unique perspective people from other places and cultures bring to us and to our community. A case in point is the story of Abera (pictured here) and his wife, Alem, becoming U.S. citizens. For the past four years, Daily Work has been Abera’s partner as he has progressed from unemployment and minimum wage jobs to now working full-time for a major Minnesota employer earning nearly $50,000 per year. Abera personifies the American Dream. His resilience, intelligence, and …
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Abera’s Citizenship

Abera’s Citizenship! Congratulations to Abera and his wife, Alem on receiving their U.S. Citizenship! Son Elmo (left), who was born a month after Abera and Alem arrived in the U.S., reminded his Dad that he was a citizen before anyone else in the family! Abera had to jump right into his new duties….he was called for jury duty three weeks after receiving his citizenship. Congrats to all of you — we are so happy to have you in the Daily Work family!

Better Skills Require Better Wages

Better Skills Require Better Wages With national and state unemployment rates at all-time lows, you may wonder why Daily Work always has a waiting list of new job seekers. Especially since news stories about businesses that need qualified workers make regular appearances on the nightly news and in newspapers. One challenge that we continue to encounter is the disconnect between what skills employers want in new employees and what they are willing to pay them.  For example, the Star Tribune recently ran a story about a new training program, “Rise Up,”  between the National Retail Federation trade group and 30+ …
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December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Daily Work does more than help people find jobs. Our mission is to help people prepare for, find and keep work that gives them the stability needed to support themselves and their families, free from financial crisis and the pain of poverty. But financial crisis and poverty…and the fallout as a result of them, are often the very things that interfere with our job seeker’s ability to find and keep a job. That’s why we help job seekers find and apply for work, but we also provide referrals and advocacy to help them address other areas of need including: …
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2017 Resolutions

Thank you for being a partner to Daily Work in 2016.  Whether you are a donor, volunteer, Facebook friend, staff person or intern, or you once were, you have been there for us in the finest sense. With that gratitude in mind, here are Daily Work’s 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity. We will put people first. Daily Work Board chair Dave Krahn once said: “I am passionate about Daily Work because at the core of what we do is a commitment to: Truly be in the company of people, …
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Daily Work does more than help people find jobs.

Daily Work does more than help people find jobs. By Julie Hoff, Executive Director Our mission is to help people prepare for, find and keep work that gives them the stability needed to support themselves and their families, free from financial crisis and the pain of poverty. But financial crisis and poverty…and the fallout as a result of them, are the very things that interfere with our job seeker’s ability to find and keep a job. That’s why we help job seekers find and apply for work, but we also provide referrals and advocacy to help them address other areas of …
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Tips for Staying Warm and Safe this Weekend/Winter

I received this article about fall prevention from St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church.  It has some good reminders and suggestions that you may find helpful, given the forecast for some extreme weather (even for MN) conditions this weekend!  Julie Hoff, Daily Work executive director 9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Falls This Winter Don’t let a fear of slipping outside keep you indoors By Sheryl Kraft Health Writer Credit: Thinkstock(This article previously appeared on Grandparents.com.) Snowstorms, freezing rains and ice are all a reality this time of year in many parts of the country. And unless you’re planning on holing …
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A Little Agency with a Big Heart

As a Case Management Intern at Daily Work, I have witnessed the impact of the passion and the commitment of Daily Work’s staff and donors in helping to make a change in each job seeker’s life. Daily Work assists a diverse working population, where the majority are Ethiopian immigrants. I know what it’s like to grow up in a Hmong immigrant family, where I saw the struggles and difficulty my parents went through just to navigate in the new world. My grandparents are the most courageous people I know for taking the risk to raise their family in a world …
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