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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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Open House Remarks – Tiffany Xiong, former Daily Work intern

From the Open House – Tiffany Xiong, former Daily Work intern To read more about what happened at the October 18 Fall Celebration and Open House, click here. My name is Tiffany Xiong and I was a social work intern in 2013. My experience with Daily Work was both personally and professionally rewarding for me. At Daily Work, I helped people in a real, authentic and practical way. I helped them with their resumes and cover letters – many of them had never even had one before! I helped them understand current workforce recruitment practices and how to identify the transferable …
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October 2016 Newsletter

October 2016   Values are not universal; they are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and situational context, but because values are often linked to deeply held personal beliefs, they can be cause for discrimination and misunderstanding in the workforce. Recently, several Daily Work job seekers were terminated from positions due to this conflict. Here are few examples: A  job seeker was told by a hiring manager that he intended to extend a job offer, only to have it rescinded after the job seeker disclosed he was homeless in a casual conversation as he was leaving the interview. This same job seeker was terminated from …
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Daily Work MNSights Feature

Check us out! Daily Work is featured in the Fall edition of MNSights, the newsletter of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, For more than four decades, a number of Minnesota foundations have been sharing expertise and operations to improve the effectiveness of their giving. Today, this group of charitable affiliates comprises Minnesota Philanthropy Partners; MN Partners is anchored by: The Saint Paul Foundation Minnesota Community Foundation F. R. Bigelow Foundation Mardag Foundation Thanks to MN Philanthropy Partners and Julie Kendrick, a local, free-lance writer and proud supporter of Daily Work, for showcasing the important resources Daily Work and others are providing to strengthen families …
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True Diversity in the Workplace Needs to be a Two-way Street

Values are not universal; they are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and situational context, but because values are often linked to deeply held personal beliefs, they can be cause for discrimination or misunderstanding in the workplace. Recently, several Daily Work job seekers were terminated from positions due to this conflict. Here are few examples: A  job seeker was told by a hiring manager that he intended to extend a job offer, only to have it rescinded after the job seeker disclosed he was homeless in a casual conversation as he was leaving the interview. This same job seeker was terminated from a position …
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New Fall Interns

Meet Our New Interns! Fall is here again and with it we welcome new social work interns to Daily Work. We are fortunate to have four talented women from St. Kate’s/St. Thomas and for the first time, University of Wisconsin River Falls joining us for the school year. Brit, Maihlee, Brittany, and Hannah (shown above, from left to right) will join Metro State students Koua, Kalia, and Adriana, who will all be graduating this December with bachelor degrees in social work from Metro State University.  Now with seven interns, Daily Work has more than twice as much capacity to serve …
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School and Work Success Begin at Home

School and Work Success Begin at Home By Kalia Vang Minnesota continues to have one of the worst gaps in the country for school achievement between white children and children of color. As the daughter of parents who were refugees from Laos and now that I’m a mom myself, I often think about how I can help my three-year old daughter succeed in school. Now that I’ve been interning at Daily Work, I also think about how I can help her be prepared to have a job someday. According to National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) “Families of youth, …
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“Ready To Learn”

“Ready to Learn” By Amanda Teske, former Case Management Intern Last summer, I decided I wanted to challenge myself with an internship somewhere. I am studying Psychology at the University of Minnesota and wanted more experience with Psychology or something close to it. Through the help of a family friend, I was referred to a nonprofit organization called Daily Work. I started in May of 2015 and I came back this summer as well. Starting at Daily Work was a challenge for me. I had never done any work/volunteering where I helped people one-to-one, like we do at Daily Work …
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You Are A Hero!

You are a Hero! Dear Daily Work Donors: My name is Koua Fong Lee. I am a Metro State University social work student interning at Daily Work. This is my senior year and I will be here at Daily Work until I graduate in December.   One thing I have learned during my internship is that the funding Daily Work receives does not come from the government at all, but it comes from individual donors in the community who deeply care about other people’s lives. This impressed me and made me want to write this letter to thank everyone who …
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