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Surprise Brunch at Daily Work…

Thank you to Aisha, Brit, Brittany, Hannah, Maihlee and Michelle for the wonderful surprise brunch they hosted for us, the staff at Daily Work (Julie, Hellen and Becky). We could not be more touched and thankful for this lovely gesture. The brunch treats represented the wonderful and diverse backgrounds of our students and included, homemade chicken wings, a vegan, buffalo dip, papaya salad with sticky rice, vegetarian and meat-filled sambusas, cheese, salami and crackers, fruit and cookies. But the best part was the beautiful cards signed with a personalized note for each of us. We truly felt special and appreciated. …
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How Daily Work Set the Stage for My Social Work Career

How Daily Work Set the Stage for My Social Work Career A key part of Daily Work’s mission is the effort we undertake to host social work interns. Just like our job seekers, we help student interns be prepared to find and keep jobs and ultimately, advance in their social work careers. Ariana “Ari” was one of our star interns in the 2015-16 school year. We recently learned that she was accepted into the Master of Social Work program at Augsburg College. Congratulations Ari – we are so proud of all you’re accomplishing and we are honored to have been …
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Daily Work Helps Women Explore New Possibilites

Daily Work Helps Women Explore New Possibilites Growing up it was clear to me that as a girl, I wasn’t as worthy as a boy. I noticed that my father’s expectations for me were not as high. He was less stringent with me than he was with my brothers; he had very high expectations for them. I remember how my father always praised my brothers for everything they did. But I was not recognized or praised by my father as much. I think this is due in part to the traditional belief that once a Hmong daughter marries, she becomes …
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March Newsletter

Immigrants Play Vital Role in America’s Past, Present and Future March 2017 As an organization that serves mostly immigrants, we enjoy the strength, intelligence, and unique perspective people from other places and cultures bring to us and to our community.A case in point is the story of Abera (pictured here) and his wife, Alem, becoming U.S. citizens. For the past four years, Daily Work has been Abera’s partner as he has progressed from unemployment and minimum wage jobs to now working full-time for a major Minnesota employer earning nearly $50,000 per year.Abera personifies the American Dream. His resilience, intelligence, and adaptability …
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Everyone Has A Story

Everyone has a Story My childhood story did not have a lot of color. I grew up going to a school where I could count the number of diverse students on one hand. I came from a town where diversity was not valued…many students were mean to kids from other cultures; they called them names and sometimes even picked fights with them. Even as a child, this always felt wrong to me. Now as a social work student in my senior year, I wanted to change my story. I wanted an internship where I could engage with people who came …
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5th Annual Steps To Success Luncheon – April 26, 2017

Where will you be on April 26? We hope you’ll having lunch with us! In six weeks, on April 26, Daily Work will host our 5th Annual Steps to Success Luncheon..and we have some special things in store! This year’s event will feature: MPR news reporter and radio personality Kerri Miller (pictured here) as our emcee. She currently hosts MPR News with Kerri Miller, The Thread® and Talking Volumes™. A special performance demonstrating how everything in our lives, especially housing, impacts our employment..and vice versa. Did you know that nearly 20 percent of Daily Work job seekers are struggling with homelessness? Compelling information about how your support is helping …
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Immigrants Play Vital Role in America’s Past, Present and Future

Immigrants Play Vital Role in America’s Past, Present and Future As an organization that serves mostly immigrants, we enjoy the strength, intelligence, and unique perspective people from other places and cultures bring to us and to our community. A case in point is the story of Abera (pictured here) and his wife, Alem, becoming U.S. citizens. For the past four years, Daily Work has been Abera’s partner as he has progressed from unemployment and minimum wage jobs to now working full-time for a major Minnesota employer earning nearly $50,000 per year. Abera personifies the American Dream. His resilience, intelligence, and …
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Abera’s Citizenship

Abera’s Citizenship! Congratulations to Abera and his wife, Alem on receiving their U.S. Citizenship! Son Elmo (left), who was born a month after Abera and Alem arrived in the U.S., reminded his Dad that he was a citizen before anyone else in the family! Abera had to jump right into his new duties….he was called for jury duty three weeks after receiving his citizenship. Congrats to all of you — we are so happy to have you in the Daily Work family!

Better Skills Require Better Wages

Better Skills Require Better Wages With national and state unemployment rates at all-time lows, you may wonder why Daily Work always has a waiting list of new job seekers. Especially since news stories about businesses that need qualified workers make regular appearances on the nightly news and in newspapers. One challenge that we continue to encounter is the disconnect between what skills employers want in new employees and what they are willing to pay them.  For example, the Star Tribune recently ran a story about a new training program, “Rise Up,”  between the National Retail Federation trade group and 30+ …
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December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Daily Work does more than help people find jobs. Our mission is to help people prepare for, find and keep work that gives them the stability needed to support themselves and their families, free from financial crisis and the pain of poverty. But financial crisis and poverty…and the fallout as a result of them, are often the very things that interfere with our job seeker’s ability to find and keep a job. That’s why we help job seekers find and apply for work, but we also provide referrals and advocacy to help them address other areas of need including: …
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