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I’m Working For My Parents

I’m Working For My Parents Hello! My name is Pangnhia Khang and I am a Daily Work intern majoring in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Because of my parents’ experience of difficulty finding a stable job when they immigrated to the U.S. I was drawn to Daily Work’s vision and values. My parents did not speak the English language and did not have any work experience, this made it hard for them to find work. Seeing them struggle made me want to become a social worker – to advocate for individuals and help them with services …
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Job Seekers Know Best

Job Seekers Know Best January was Motivational Interviewing month at Daily Work for case management interns. Throughout the month we engaged with readings and videos to learn about Motivational Interviewing techniques as well practicing the techniques with each other to hone our skills. But what is Motivational Interviewing and why is it important to our services at Daily Work? Motivational Interviewing is a paradigm shift in social work’s overall helping practice to person-centered, motivation-building, and guiding; in comparison to social work’s previous practice which tended to be more deficit-based and directive. The skill consists of three aspects: Collaboration. The understanding …
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Yes! There are jobs during COVID-19 and you can get one!

Yes! There are jobs during COVID-19 and you can get one! One of the biggest events of 2020 was the COVID-19 pandemic. It impacted the entire world and changed the way that we lived our lives. The pandemic continues to be a global problem as we enter 2021, yet people’s lives can’t be put on hold until it ends. You can still find work! As a case manager at Daily Work, one of the questions that I get asked often is “are there any jobs for me to apply to?” With all of the closures that have occurred due to …
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Celebrating the Season from Ethiopia to Minnesota

In America we call it Christmas. In Ethiopia it’s called Ganna. And according to archaeologists, both began well before the official holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. For Americans, it’s a month of preparing with trees, cookies, gifts, and advent. For Ethiopian Christians, the time is more austere, with 43 days of church, fasting and sometimes, games. Like in America, Ethiopians practice a variety of faiths including Islam, Judaism, and other traditional religions; however, Christianity is the country’s largest religion and it was officially adopted back in the 4th Century. “People have been celebrating and practicing Christianity for centuries in …
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Don’t Make These COVID Mistakes This Holiday Season

Don’t Make These COVID Mistakes This Holiday Season COVID-19 has been on all of our minds ever since we first heard about cases popping up in the United States earlier this year. Many states, including Minnesota, went into quarantine in March 2020 to help stop COVID-19 from spreading further. Facts have spread across various news organizations and social media about COVID-19 and the dangers that are associated with the virus, but misunderstandings still persist. This blog will highlight a few of the common misconceptions about COVID-19. As you head into this holiday season be aware of what’s true and not …
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A Gift to Spark $20,000 More

Losing a parent is always a difficult experience. Losing a parent with whom you are very close with, first slowly to Dementia, and then quickly to COVID, can weigh even heavier. “At first I did not appreciate the challenges of Dementia,” says Carmen I. Nitsche of her mother Carmen D. Nitsche’s diagnosis that slowly took away her abilities, memories, and life. Carmen understands that her mother’s health was already deteriorating, but the pace and brutality with which COVID took her was both an emotional shock and a stark analogy of the pandemic’s work on society as a whole. “If the …
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When You Don’t Have The Right Tools

How do you feel when you don’t have the right tools for the job?  Frustration? Sadness? Overwhelm? This experience almost always triggers a lot of emotions, and when stakes are high, it can be outright anxiety-provoking. For Felicia, a Daily Work job seeker and college student, not having a computer of her own was causing both stress and frustration. “Technology is my biggest barrier to employment right now. I was actually let go from a great paying sales job because not having a computer to get through orientations was causing issues. It didn’t look professional,” Felicia said recently. But that …
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Meditating Mindfully Worked for Us – Try It!

Meditating Mindfully Worked for Us – Try It! In this COVID-19 pandemic, we all may find ourselves losing our connection with the present moment. This results in us missing out on what we’re doing and how we’re feeling. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. It is a type of meditation that helps you focus on your emotions when feeling stress. Mindfulness has been a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness for us, and we believe it will be for you too. I, Mai Herr, am a …
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The Job Market has Changed

Aric is amazed by how much the job market has changed. Once upon a time, he’d go door to door soliciting restaurants and retailers for applications. He’d fill them out in person, on the spot, by hand. Today, business owners would look sideways at people if they showed up without a scheduled appointment or an interview. “I’ve been telling my friends that (Daily Work) will help you get on the computer and help you find jobs,” says Aric. “They don’t know you can’t be on the street looking for a job.” As human resource processes have automated, finding and applying …
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