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Owning a car isn’t just a luxury any more

Owning a car isn’t just a luxury any more. Today, owning a car might be the key to upward mobility for many people in poverty. A recent New York Times article summarizes two studies that basically have the same conclusion. According to the Times article “The relationship between transportation and social mobility is stronger than that between mobility and several other factors, like crime, elementary-school test scores or the percentage of two-parent families in a community, said Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard economist and one of the researchers on the study.” What’s concerning for the Twin Cities is where the job growth …
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May is Recommitment Month

May is National Recommitment Month, so I find it very fitting to write a blog about never giving up on your goals. National Recommitment Month involves looking back at our New Year’s Resolutions and reviewing our progress. Some goals had to do with bettering our relationships with our loved ones, or losing those extra Holiday lbs.; regardless it’s time to ask yourself: have I made progress? Self-reflection is very crucial and necessary to grow and become a better version of yourself. The worst thing we can do to ourselves is create a goal and do nothing to pursue it. It …
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Steps To Success Luncheon Reminder

Don’t miss out! If you don’t come on May 13, you’ll have to wait until next year! The Steps to Success Luncheon is on Wednesday! This year’s program is shaping up to be better than ever! Sign up now so you don’t miss out!  To sign up now – click here! This year’s event features: Minnesota Public Radio’s Chris Farrell. Chris is senior economics  contributor at Marketplace, an award-winning journalist, and author of four books, his latest is Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. Two live testimonial speakers who will …
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Finding Strength and Support during the Job Search

Find Strength and Support at Daily Work Are you feeling down in the dumps about your job search? Do you feel stuck in a rut? I think everyone can empathize with this feeling sometimes. However, as I look around me I realize that there are people and organizations that want to help and support me. Daily Work is one of those agencies. We can provide both tactical help and support for you during your job search. One of the things we pride ourselves in at Daily Work is that fact that we meet people where they are at. You don’t have to …
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April Newsletter

Could You Share your Most Difficult Moments? A message from Executive Director Julie Hoff It’s hard to talk about difficult moments in our lives… even if they have a happy ending. To volunteer to share them in front of more than 200 people is especially hard, but many of Daily Work’s job seekers are willing to do just that. In the words of one of them, here’s why:   I am willing to talk to you today because I am so grateful for how Daily Work has helped me find not just a job, but also… to believe in myself …
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Driven to Make a Difference

I was born and initially raised in Monrovia, Liberia, located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. I was raised in a family with nine siblings. I lost two of my brothers and my father during the civil wars that took place on and off for almost 14 years from 1990 – 2003. My family and I suffered a lot during the wars. We walked day and night without a destination, hiding in forests for shelter. We wailed when we saw dead bodies in the forest and innocent people being killed. We ate and drank whatever we could find and …
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One Sure-Fire Way to Handle Conflict More Effectively

How effectively do you deal with conflict? Anyone looking for a job knows that question is at the top of every interviewer’s list. Dread it, fear it, cry or get angry, we all face conflict and navigating it effectively can improve our relationships, both at home and at work. Conflicts that are not resolved in a productive manner can get in the way of addressing important issues. Through research and experience, I find using I-messages is one of the most effective ways to communicate my feelings to others and resolve conflicts. I-messages are focused on the feelings of the person …
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My New Beginning

As an immigrant from Nigeria, I know exactly what many of Daily Work’s job seekers are going through. As someone who has been in their position, I am grateful to all the people that helped me find success in America. My goal is to use what I am learning here to make things better for the people in Nigeria. Places like Daily Work are making it possible for me and other immigrants to make a better world, both here and in our home countries. People like you, who support Daily Work, are making this possible. Here is how my new …
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The Means to an End

The Means to an End  The Greek Philosopher Aristotle once said: “The means to an end [can be achieved in three ways] first, have a definite, clear practical idea; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary wisdom, money, materials & methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” Greg, one of Daily Work’s job seekers, provides a clear example of how to create the changes necessary for achieving the means to an end…which for him, is a fresh start and a new career. Greg is a single, 57-year old African American man; he currently lives in government provided …
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