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Are you a Good Listener?

Why Listening is the Key to Effective Communication We’ve all heard that good communication is key to a good relationships, understanding, and making the best possible first impression. So, what is effective communication? Listening is one critical component. Listening effectively with job seekers builds a relationship with them so that we can work effectively together in finding employment. Every day, Daily Work must gain information from job seekers to help them make employment decisions. Without good listening, Daily Work would not be able to obtain the information needed to help job seekers reach their goals. What else does listening do? Active …
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Silver Linings of Remote Work

The surprising benefits of remote work When I first learned that I was going to be doing my case management internship with Daily Work remotely due to COVID-19, I was very skeptical, and frankly, kind of scared. The idea of learning the ins and outs of the organization through a fully online orientation was daunting enough, but the necessity to also spend the rest of the summer conducting my appointments over the phone from home was nearly unimaginable. However, I made the choice to jump in headfirst and trust the process, and I am so glad I did! As my …
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15 Facts about Ethiopia

Learn about our neighbors from Ethiopia Here at Daily Work, many of the job seekers that we partner with are from Ethiopia, although each of their journeys to Daily Work is unique. Some individuals are born in Ethiopia and move to the U.S with their families when they are children. Others may move during their teenage years and then graduate from a U.S high school. We also see people who are later in their lives and have only just arrived. Some are awaiting their families’ arrival, so that they can start their new lives in the U.S. At Daily Work, …
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Time to take the Census is running out!

2020 census collection will end September 30 What is the census?Just once every 10 years, the federal government counts each person living in the United States. In addition to determining how many representatives a state can send to Congress, population data informs how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed to communities across the country ― money that supports programs impacting education, housing, employment, health care, public policy and more. About 25% of MN households have NOT yet responded to the 2020 survey – and the Census Bureau has only until September 30 to try to connect with them! …
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Self Care During a Pandemic

Remember these three tips to stay healthy during COVID As we all know due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many agencies and workplaces, including Daily Work, have transitioned away from in-person contact to remote work practices for the safety of staff and clients. This lack of personal contact and other factors of the pandemic create additional stresses and anxieties for people. Here are a few tips to stay safe and take care of our physical and mental health. Eat Healthy When you eat healthy, you will sleep better and be better able to concentrate on tasks and other things. Also, you …
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COVID 19 Doesn’t Discriminate, Or Does It?

CDC report shows People of Color are getting COVID more frequently People often say that COVID-19 “doesn’t discriminate” in an attempt to encourage people who see themselves as immune to take social distancing and mask precautions more seriously. This good-natured attempt at promoting social responsibility is true in many ways: young, healthy people can contract the virus, and maybe more importantly, they can pass it on to those who are more vulnerable than them. However, even though COVID-19 can infect any of us, and in that sense, does not discriminate, our social structures certainly do. According to a report published …
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Race Battle Fatigue in the Workplace

People of Color Face Additional Challenges in the Workplace If you are a human in the rigorous American workforce, I am sure the feeling of fatigue is not distant to you. The challenges of going to work, attending to your mental and emotional health, and providing care for your family can all be very heavy obstacles to juggle. And oh, wait! Please do not get me started on maintaining a certain level of physical health – staying alive. Remembering to feed yourself and even drink water can be a daily challenge for some of us. Battling this fatigue is strenuous, …
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Daily Work A Place Where We All Can Grow

Social Work Intern Pursues Passion for Improving The Lives of Other Immigrants Editor’s Note: Daily Work welcomed several new interns in June 2020. This blog is the last in a series of blogs that showcased our students’ first impressions as interns at Daily Work. You can learn about all our interns and volunteers on our website. My name is Mai Herr and I am a Daily Work intern majoring in social work at Metropolitan State University. Growing up as a refugee, I was exposed to lots of social workers and social services from nonprofit organizations like Daily Work. We have …
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Daily Work – A Community that Builds Community

What’s a business degree intern doing at an agency with mostly social work interns?  Hi, my name is Madeline Echavarria and I am an intern at Daily Work. My major is Business Administration and Accounting. I know it’s odd, right? I have a business degree at an agency where most interns are in the field of social work. However, I am utilizing my administration skills and playing a vital role in management, organization, and operational tasks. I find it interesting to see how non-profit organizations work, but what I find even more spectacular is to observe the community Daily Work …
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Praxis: Where Sociology and Social Work Converge

Putting Theory into Practice at Daily Work By Gina Mueterthies, Case Management Intern, Summer 2020 I wasn’t sure I was cut out to succeed as a Case Manager. As a Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies student at St. Olaf College, (not Social Work) taking in so much new information about best practices, case notes, and client interaction was daunting. As a non-social work student, I’ve had a lot to learn about social work practice and the day-to-day operations of a Case Manager at a small, non-profit organization like Daily Work. However, as the weeks progress, I’ve realized that my …
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