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A Different Kind of Prison

A Different Kind of Prison By Rachel O’Keefe, former Case Management Intern Most people will agree that finding a job is full of uncertainty, nerves, and fear. Ultimately, looking for a job can reveal insecurities and inadequacies that we’d rather not dwell on. There is the process of creating and updating a resume, followed by searching for jobs online, attending job fairs, making phone calls, etc. Then comes the application part, which can be tedious and very time consuming. After all of that effort, the waiting comes. Each employer follows up with applicants differently and the wait varies in length …
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Exercise Your Advocacy Muscle

Exercise Your Advocacy Muscle by Lian Conrad, Case Management Intern                           Editor’s Note: The legislative session in Minnesota may be over, but it’s still a good time to advocate for causes and legislative changes that are important to you. Start building a relationship with your representatives now so when important legislation is pending, you will know what to say and your voice will be heard! When you think of “advocacy,” what comes to mind? Maybe you think of lively public demonstrations, protests, marches, or speeches of workers promoting a …
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Developing Resilience

Developing Resilience We live in turbulent times. Climate change and resulting natural disasters, war and violence, and economic duress are examples of trauma that leave lasting and sometimes, insurmountable consequences. Ordinary Magic, a book by noted child development expert Dr. Ann S. Masten, University of Minnesota, focuses on ways children exposed to trauma in early life, including an acute lack of economic mobility, can and have become successful adults. Masten spoke at Interfaith Action’s Learning Community event on March 13. Learning Community events are a key component of Interfaith Action’s new program Opportunity St. Paul. Opportunity Saint Paul harnesses the …
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An Experience Worth More Than Money

An Experience Worth More Than Money By July Zheng, Case Management Intern It is eight months since I began working as a case manager intern at Daily Work. As an international student from China, I am surprised that I am able to support struggling job seekers in U.S. There is no doubt that helping them is a precious experience in my journey. The majority of job seekers at Daily Work are immigrants and refugees. I have a similar experience with them living in a foreign country and I can understand what it is like for them. Both I and the …
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Africa-Shaped Earrings

Africa-Shaped Earrings By Sarah Sharp, Case Management Intern Have you ever had chameleon-like clothing that changes meaning depending on who you’re with? Clothing you are perfectly comfortable with in one context, but would think twice about wearing it in another? This is what I faced recently when I sat on the floor of my room in front of my jewelry box. “Should I wear these?” I asked myself aloud as I looked at three sets of wooden earrings I had purchased at Rondo Days last summer. I had purchased them as a reminder of how far I have come in …
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Hear Daily Work on the Radio!

Hear Daily Work on the Radio! Recently Daily Work was featured on KFAI’s Voices of Ethiopia radio show, hosted by Ahmed Wassie. Julie Hoff, executive director, Abera Siyoum, board member, Dave Krahn, volunteer, and Admasu Ayele, all participated in the conversation. Both Abera and Admasu emigrated from Ethiopia. The discussion focused on the experiences of Abera and Admasu and how Daily Work has and is helping them achieve their career goals and financial security. To listen to the interview, click on the link below. Daily Work speakers are featured in the first half hour of the program. Daily Work is …
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Hands-on Experience is Eye-Opening

Hands-on Experience is Eye-Opening By Jacob Sobiech, Jacob Richardson, Nathan Anondson, and Angelique Kellogg, Inver Hills Community College Students The small group communications class at Inver Hills Community College aspires to attain skills that will allow us to become more effective workers. Throughout the past 4-5 months, we have developed a devoted and involved relationship with Daily Work. As a class, we have split into groups tasked with finding donors, figuring out the logistics of planning a benefit, calling sponsors, creating an interactive tour, filming a video, and much more. Our hands-on activities are giving us an eye-opening experience. The …
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The Threads that Make a Thriving Life

The Threads that Make a Thriving Life By Lian Conrad, Case Management Intern Daily Work’s mission of supporting self-sufficiency goes beyond employment mentoring. In life, employment is just one of many “threads” stitched together to create a thriving life. Our quality of life is strongest when all threads, such as housing, education, transportation, health, family, and social support, are adequate and supported. Sometimes a thread frays over time, and it can feel like life is unraveling. For example, in assisting job seekers who live in public housing, I learned how its challenges impact their lives. Experts agree that households should …
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Work Is Freedom

Work is Freedom     By Trisha Nelson, Case Management Intern Kedir’s work ethic and commitment to family is evident in all that he says and does. Since arriving in the U.S. almost four years ago, he has always worked at least two jobs. He came to Daily Work to find a job with better pay so that he has more time to take English language classes. His other priority is a schedule that ensures he has quality time to spend with his wife and four children. Even with his busy schedule, Kedir landed the exact job he wanted – a cleaning …
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Relationships are the Heart of Daily Work

Relationships are the Heart of Daily Work By Mandy Cassler I’m Mandy Cassler, a BSW student intern at Daily Work from Metropolitan State University. For my senior internship placement I chose Daily Work because of their commitment to helping immigrant and refugee job seekers find and maintain gainful employment. Daily Work is where I had the pleasure of meeting several other interns from universities around the region; this is where I met Rachel O’Keefe. Rachel made an impression on me because she spoke with such obvious care about the job seekers she was assisting. She seemed to have a wonderful …
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