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Public Transportation: A Blessing or a Curse or Both?

Public Transportation: A Blessing or a Curse or Both? “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone” is a cliché that rings true to me lately.  I never appreciated having a car until I no longer had one. I now rely on public transportation to get around.  There are several positive aspects of public transportation including NOT worrying about finding parking, breaking down, running out of gas, flat tires and the other maintenance issues with cars. Of course, it’ much cheaper, too. A monthly, unlimited bus pass runs from $90 – $120, depending on the fare needed.  But lately, …
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The Art of Communicating When You Can’t Communicate

The Art of Communicating When You Can’t Communicate By Trisha Nelson, Daily Work Case Management Intern  In the world of Daily Work, communication is the most important tool. Jobs are such an important part of life for people in the United States. Your job is often the place where you spend the majority of your time. Deciding where to apply and eventually work at is a big decision. So what does the Daily Work staff do when communication becomes a barrier? Here are three options and the challenges associated with them. Some communication tools that I use frequently include paying …
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Driving Towards the Finish Line

Driving Towards the Finish Line By Sarah Sharp, Case Management Intern for Daily Work Mohamed was working two part-time jobs, pushing carts at a major retailer and working in a small grocery store, when his sister referred him to Daily Work. Mohamed knew that cleaning bathrooms, pushing carts, and stocking shelves didn’t fit his vision of his preferred job. He aspired to be a driver, work that he previously did in Ethiopia when he used to chauffer “bosses”. As a newcomer to America, he didn’t have a resume and completing job applications was really difficult for him. When he did …
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Kingdom of the Lotus presents 800-year-old music and dance concert to benefit Daily Work

Kingdom of the Lotus presents 800-year-old music and dance concert to benefit Daily Work Kingdom of the Lotus traditional Cambodian ensemble will present a benefit concert Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. that will support and celebrate the mission of Daily Work, a small, nonprofit organization that moves people out of poverty by helping them find living wage jobs. The concert will take place at the historic Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Avenue in St. Paul. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. (doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.). Light refreshments will be served immediately following the …
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News from Social Media: Fact or Fiction?

News from Social Media: Fact or Fiction? by Julie Hoff You’ve probably heard people say “you shouldn’t get your news from social media,” but the truth is… I do. And I am ok with it…and all the other online news sources, too. Yes, it’s important to call out or disregard the “fake news” or the “non-news news,” but at the end of the day, I get a lot of good news, hard news, and inspirational news from Facebook and other social media platforms.  I get excited by this news. I am excited to share news that can change perspectives or help …
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How Change Happens

How Change Happens By Janet Westlund, MSW, LICSW, Social Work Supervisor Think back to a time you made a change in life.  Maybe it was related to a financial investment like purchasing a new home; a personal investment like a relationship; a physical investment such as adding exercise to your daily routine or quitting a habit that no longer benefits you; or maybe it was a geographical investment like a move to a new city.  Do you remember the experience?  How did you get to the end result?  Do you remember any feelings of stress or perhaps even ambivalence? The …
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Our Global Village

By Julie Hoff, Executive Director at Daily Work Recently, my mom sent me a little card with the following information. She said it was an excerpt from a homily she heard at church. Even with the Internet, I could not track down exactly where the information came from or how long ago it was written, although I did find some reference to it on the website for St. Louis University. While I cannot attest to its’ complete accuracy, I found the perspective shift valuable and hope that you will find value in it, too. The Global Village Microcosm If you …
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Can You Pass the Test?

Can You Pass the Test? By Lian Conrad, Case Management Intern Imagine that as a job seeker, you have just spent the last fifteen minutes working on a job application for an entry level position that you feel would be a good fit with your skills and schedule. After working hard to accurately type in the ingredients of your work history for the job application formula, you think that you are done with the application. However, it gets more complicated. Right as you breathe a sigh of relief and click the “Next” arrow, thinking that you will be submitting the …
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Daily Work – Defined by Gratitude

Daily Work – Defined by Gratitude By Rachel O’Keefe, case management intern The holidays are a time when many people account for their blessings and celebrate them. It’s always during this period that I’m struck by how fleeting gratitude can be and that when time isn’t set aside to take stock of blessings, they often go unrecognized. Gratitude is defined as, “the quality of being thankful” or “readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” I’ve been a Case Manager Intern at Daily Work for about four months now and in that short span of time, I’ve witnessed more …
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Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Krahn

Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Krahn By July Zheng, case management intern Dave Krahn is Daily Work’s most committed ambassador. His name practically personifies Daily Work. Dave has been volunteering with Daily Work since 2005 in every capacity possible, as a board member, board chairman, volunteer executive director, donor, and now as a case manager working personally with job seekers. When I first saw Dave, I sensed he is very kind, friendly and warm-hearted. I immediately started to relax as we talked because he is so nice and easy to talk to. Dave told me that he learned about Daily Work as …
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