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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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Truer Words Cannot Be Said

“Truer Words Cannot Be Said” “It’s not that the load takes you down, it’s the way you carry it” (Lou Holtz). Truer words cannot be said about the job seekers at Daily Work and the ways they cope with and manage stress. Physiologist Walter Cannon came up with the idea that there are three types of stress responses in animals, including humans: fight, flight, or freeze. Further research has shown that no matter what the stressors, humans experience one of Cannon’s three responses, also known as the “generalized stress response.” These responses are coping mechanisms for dealing with stress. As …
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We Journey Together

We Journey Together By Theresa O’Connor, Former Daily Work Office Manager We are all on a journey in life. For myself, I have had the incredible opportunity to journey as the Program Manager at Daily Work for the past two and a half years. It has been an honor to serve the diverse population of job seekers and social work interns at Daily Work. I have had the opportunity to grow and learn as a professional and enrich my knowledge and appreciation for the richness culture brings to relationships, work places, and in my life. In words made famous by …
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Common Words Get New Meaning at Daily Work

What do the words complicated and determination mean to you? In just three months, the job seekers at Daily Work have given me new a new understanding of these two common words. [kom-pli-key-tid] — Difficult to analyze, understand, explain, etc. When I think of complicated I think of trying to get my kids out the door in order to get them to the bus stop on time. When I think of complicated from the prospective of a Daily Work job seeker, an entirely different image comes to mind. Complicated for a Daily Work Job seeker is struggling to find a job and pay the bills, but …
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Grateful For Daily Work

Grateful for Daily Work  I became an intern at Daily Work through the field placement process at St. Thomas University, where I am getting a master’s degree in Social Work. My goal was to obtain an internship that would help me gain meaningful social work experience and clinical supervision. I am grateful to be at Daily Work for several reasons. Daily Work has a lot of heart. I wanted to intern at a place that took client care seriously and truly had the heart to help people to the best of their abilities. Most importantly, I wanted to be surrounded …
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