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A Case for a Better Minimum Wage

A Case for a Better Minimum Wage By Maya Lehmann, Case Management Intern Can you survive off of a minimum wage job in the United States? Perhaps. But can you live off of a minimum wage job in the United States? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Minimum wage is not a living wage, especially when it comes to housing. Let’s look at the numbers. According to the Star Tribune, if someone is working a full-time job earning the federal minimum wage, they would not be able to afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States. This statistic …
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Our New Summer Interns

Our New Summer Interns! Summer is here again, and we are proud to introduce another group of committed student interns; this time from Metropolitan State University and St. Olaf College. They are excited to be at Daily Work to help others and gain valuable experience to launch successful careers in social work. Please welcome our summer interns – Clockwise beginning at the top left: Anab Gurhan, Bola Oduloye, Marbel Lih, and Maya Lehmann.

Interesting read about immigrants in the Minnesota Workforce, but how do Daily Work’s stats compare?

Interesting read about immigrants in the Minnesota Workforce, but how do Daily Work’s stats compare? According to a June 6 article on MinnPost, where immigrants come from can impact where they work. Here’s a snapshot of the job seekers Daily Work serves and where they work. Roughly 75 percent of Daily Work’s job seekers are immigrants, most of them from Africa. The majority of our job seekers have completed high school, but mainly in their home country. Language barriers are the likely reason that many of our job seekers choose to find work in industries that do not require specialized …
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A Day At Daily Work

A Day at Daily Work by Maihlee Lee, Case Management Intern The culture of Daily Work is warm, comfortable, and welcoming. Hellen, the administrative assistant, greets every person who comes to Daily Work with a positive, calm and strong presence that makes both staff and job seekers feel welcome. Becky is the social work field supervisor; she does consultation with case manager interns about their learning, questions, and goals for professionalism. The case manager interns give direct service to the Daily Work job seekers with open minds and passions. Julie is the executive director. She checks in with the case …
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Overwhelmed with Emotion

Overwhelmed with Emotion By Brittany Feller, Case Management Intern I am sitting at Daily Work on the last day of my internship and I am overwhelmed with emotion. As I prepare to leave Daily work for the very last time, I can feel my heart sink. Since November I’ve been working with “Andy,” a job seeker who has accomplished so much during our time together. The thing that stands out to me is that even through all the ups and downs, Andy stayed positive. He ALWAYS kept an open mind and held on to the strength to push through and …
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There’s No Limit To What We Can Accomplish!

There Is No Limit To What We Can Accomplish!   THANK YOU to all who attended Daily Work’s Steps to Success Luncheon on Wednesday, April 26. Our table captains drew in a big crowd as the luncheon is a great opportunity for job seekers, employment partners, volunteers, supporters and staff to take a break from email, step out of the office and connect with each other face-to-face. For those who were unable to attend, we missed you and hope you can join us next year Kerri Miller, host of MPR News with Kerri Miller, The Thread® and Talking Volumes™ did a fantastic job connecting what we do …
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Daily Work – A Great Return on Investment

Daily Work – A Great Return on Investment Tomorrow, April 26, is our 5th Annual Steps to Success Luncheon. It is the most important day of the year for Daily Work. Our luncheon is about celebrating the successes of our job seekers and sharing their stories with you. It is about sharing our dreams about how we can more effectively and efficiently put people back to work. And of course, it is about inviting you to consider how else you can join us in our mission to help committed job seekers become self-supporting by helping them prepare for, find and …
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Melese is on the move!

Melese is on the move! Melese was struggling in a low-paying job at the airport when a friend told him about Daily Work. “I needed help with a resume and a cover letter,” Melese said. “As someone new to America, it was hard to find a job on my own,” he said. Since first coming to Daily Work in June 2015, Melese has secured three different jobs with Daily Work’s help. “Melese is really committed to finding a ‘good’ job with benefits and a living wage,” said Brit Rademacher, case manager at Daily Work. “With each job, he gets closer …
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Steps To Success Luncheon Reminder

What Do You Value? Special Announcement! This year’s luncheon will feature a special performance from zAmya Theater Project of St. Stephen’s Human Services! zAmya creates community-based theater to raise awareness and understanding of homelessness. zAmya, Sanskrit for “aiming at peace”, turns “homeless” from a word into a person. Living, breathing, laughing, singing persons who act,  – yes, act – in entertaining, genre-defying productions that are guaranteed to change your mind, if not your life.  Our Contact Information Daily Work 105 University Avenue West St. Paul, MN 55103 (651)204-3043

Holidays….Cheer or Fear?

Holidays….Cheer or Fear? Most of us take for granted that holidays are opportunities to spend time with loved ones and rejoice for what we’re grateful for. For many, it is a time full of happiness, but for others it’s a reminder of the real life struggles they are experiencing. Holidays, big or little, can be a source of great stress and sadness for people who are struggling or who do not have many friends or family. It can be disheartening for someone who can’t afford to buy their child a present or provide them with an adequate meal. But with …
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