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Daily Work is “Right On”

Daily Work is “Right On” By Katie Quinn, case management intern You know those times when something goes wrong? For example, your car doesn’t start, your kitchen pipes start spraying water, or the item you needed delivered to your home was delivered to the wrong address. No matter how badly you want to avoid it, you end up having to call a Help Line or someone else to guide you through the process of making things right. And, inevitably, you hear the dreaded menu: “Press 1 for this. Press 2 for that. Press 3 for the other.” As we all …
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Seeing Potential. Building Prosperity.

Seeing Potential. Building Prosperity. By Jacob Sobiech, Jacob Richardson, Nathan Anondson, and Angelique Kellogg, Inver Hills Community College Students “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~ Leo Buscaglia Every day at Daily Work we see and celebrate the strength and resilience of people and nurture their capacity for success. We see their potential, remind them of their strengths, and help them get to where they want to go in life. …
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Did You See Our Spring Newsletter?

Did You See Our Spring Newsletter? “Each of us has a story to tell that is uniquely our own. Volunteering at Daily Work has enriched my life through the stories that job seekers share. I have met the most interesting, tenacious people [as a volunteer at Daily Work],” Gretchen Guenter, Daily Work volunteer. Daily Work volunteers and interns regularly write stories about their interactions and experiences at Daily Work. We post those stories here on our blog and on social media. But you can also get them delivered straight to your email inbox! Just visit our website to subscribe to …
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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Dear Daily Work Friends,  Daily Work is fast preparing to host nearly 250 supporters for our biggest fundraiser of the year—the Steps to Success Luncheon on May 2, 2018. You should have received your invitation in the mail! The Steps to Success Luncheon generates nearly half of Daily Work’s annual operating expenses. There is no angel donor or large government grant. Daily Work exists because generous people like you believe in the potential of our job seekers and invest in the life-changing, employment mentoring services that help them advance into living wage jobs and personal and professional growth opportunities.  The best part? …
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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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