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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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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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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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