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The Real Unemployment Numbers and Why I’m Not Counted

The Real Unemployment Numbers and Why I’m Not Counted As a Daily Work job seeker, I was pleased to hear that unemployment rate in the state of Minnesota is one of the lowest in the nation I wondered if this means that everyone who lost their jobs is now returning to work and there is a happy ending to this story. Sadly, I know so many people who are still really struggling. So, I did my research and I wasn’t surprised to learn that there are a number of factors that do not reflect the real number of unemployed people …
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How Do You Pay it Forward?

How Do You Pay it Forward?  Powerful things happen when a group of people come together to make a difference. We might not change the world instantly, but little things add up to make a big difference in the lives of others. The great humanitarian Mahatma Gandhi once said: “We should be the change we want to see in the world.” It’s important to set examples for the younger generation to follow. When we “pay it forward,” others look at the work we do, they see the positive impact we have on others, and they can be motivated to be …
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The #1 Mistake Job Seekers are Making Today

The #1 Mistake Job Seekers are Making Today Outfit for the interview? Check. Beefed up resume? Check. Character and job references? Yikes! Going through the job search process can be daunting; from phone interviews and personal interviews, to pre-employment assessments and group interviews, it takes a lot get to that fantastic day when a job offer finally comes through. If you’re a job seeker, you don’t want to go through all that, only to lose the offer due to poor references. The reality is that having someone to step up and tell your possible new employer what a great contributor …
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Ellen is on her way!

Ellen is on her way! Perhaps one of the greatest casualties of the 2008 recession is the decrease in the number of full-time jobs with benefits. Today, the ratio of part-time employees is substantially higher than pre-recession levels (16.9 percent pre-2008) and has only modestly improved since its peak of 20.1 percent in 2010 (Mislinksi, 7/8/2015). Many of Daily Work’s clients have to work two part-time jobs because they cannot find full-time work. Ellen, who has worked part-time at Cub for more than a year, is just one example. Previously, Ellen owned a successful day care business and felt confident …
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Do You Think That Immigrants Are Some of the Hardest Workers in America?

Do you think that immigrants are some of the hardest workers in America? When I first came to this country in 2007, I spoke only a few words in English and I was willing to take any kind of job to make a living. I remember my first job in America was making rice crispy bars in a bakery factory that paid me $ 7.00 an hour. The work environment was very hot and the floor was wet with sticky sugar. I had to stand seven hours a day and I received a check of $470 bi-weekly, but I was …
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June/July Newsletter

Let’s Start a New Message for People in Poverty A message from Julie Hoff, Executive Director What do you imagine when you think of American culture? I see bootstraps. When I think of American culture I think about personal responsibility and equal opportunity. I was raised on the idea that I could do anything I wanted to if I got an education. But today, that American dream seems only to be available to the middle class and the wealthy. Here’s why: The wicked step sister of personal responsibility and equal opportunity is blame and shame. Specifically, because “America is the …
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Let’s Start a New Message to People in Poverty

Why Do We Blame the Poor for Poverty? What do you imagine when you think of American culture? I see bootstraps. When I think of American culture I think about personal responsibility and equal opportunity. I was raised on the idea that I could do anything I wanted to if I got an education. But today, that American dream seems only to be available to the middle class and the wealthy. Here’s why: The wicked step sister of personal responsibility and equal opportunity is blame and shame. Specifically, because “America is the land of opportunity” we blame people experiencing economic …
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Understanding What it Means to be an Ally

Allies are important to social justice movements because they work as agents for social change. An ally is someone who supports and advocates for the equality, equity, dignity, and rights of oppressed people groups of which they are not a part. An ally is also someone who challenges people and systems who, consciously or unconsciously, perpetuate oppression against those oppressed groups. An ally’s job is to walk alongside the oppressed people group they are supporting. This comes in many different forms, ranging from being an outside support, doing behind-the-scenes work, or being a stranger calling out oppressive comments or behaviors. …
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“Did you miss our last newsletter?

“I have my life back” – Tracey’s Success By Tracey Gennrich, Daily Work Job seeker To have a job again, after a very long stretch, means I have my life back. I’ve never experienced a flood or fire, so I don’t know what that situation would be like, besides being terrible. But, at least in either of those instances, if you have insurance, you can begin to rebuild your life.  Without a job, your life is on hold. You have no idea when you’ll get another job and worry constantly about money. Just because you’re unemployed doesn’t mean the bills stop. …
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May Newsletter

“Connecting the Disconnected” A message from Executive Director Julie Hoff On May 13, nearly 250 people joined us at our third annual Steps to Success Luncheon. This year, we were fortunate to have Chris Farrell, author and economics commentator for MPR and Marketplace, as our emcee. He is a fabulous speaker and profound writer… and in his remarks, he talked about Crystal Palmer, a housing activist he met while doing a public radio documentary about Chicago’s efforts to transform public housing projects into mixed income communities. During the interview process, Palmer asked, “How do we connect the disconnected? That’s the key to success …
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