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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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Daily Work is a Judgment Free Zone

Daily Work is a Judgment Free Zone A key learning objective for students of social work is identifying and managing personal and professional values, especially when they conflict. For example, at Daily Work one of the most difficult barriers a job seeker can face is a felony record. Often, these felonies are alcohol or drug-related, but sometimes the felonies are more serious, such as assault or sexual assault. Depending on the nature of the crime, this might come into direct conflict with our personal values. We might question whether or not we can or want to help someone who has …
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Challenges to Minnesota’s New Minimum Wage

It might seem like the Minnesota minimum wage battle is over because a new bill passed last year that will incrementally raise Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by August 1, 2016. However, with the change of leadership in the Minnesota House of Representatives, this long awaited change might be in jeopardy in 2015. Many people might think that once a bill is passed, it’s forever. But the fact is that with our two-party system, when the governing party changes hands, laws can get changed or even repealed. As a member of the JOBS NOW Coalition, Daily Work supports a …
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The Long Road to Living Wage Employment

The Long Road to Living Wage Employment It’s on-call and doesn’t have benefits…YET! Several jobs and two years later, Mesfin achieved his goal of obtaining employment at a local hospital, giving him a foot in the door a for benefit-eligible, living-wage position in the future…the next step in his plan to have the time and money to go back to school and earn a college degree in the U.S. Daily Work helps job seekers like Mesfin find work to meet their short-term financial needs and progress towards their long-term career goals. We are impressed by your dedication to your goals …
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Age Discrimination … Wrong and Dumb

Age Discrimination … Wrong and Dumb Both of my parents are in their early 50’s and currently struggling to find jobs that pay as much as their pre-recession jobs. We moved to Minnesota 11 years ago because my parents heard that there were manufacturing jobs here that paid more than $13 per hour and included benefits… unheard of in Southern California, where we had been living. In 2004, for our family of family of five, this was living wage work. As a social work intern at Daily Work, I have noticed that many of our clients are older and also …
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Three Ways to Beat the New Job Jitters

Three Ways to Beat the New Job Jitters As a Social Work major I am required to participate in a fieldwork internship for both junior and senior year. I can honestly say that I have loved every single one of my classes at St. Thomas, but one can only do so much learning in a classroom. While I was excited to put my “book knowledge” into practice, I was also nervous about transitioning my learning from the classroom into the real world. My biggest fear was that I’d fail. What if I didn’t meet my agency’s expectations or I couldn’t …
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