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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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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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October 2016 Newsletter

October 2016   Values are not universal; they are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and situational context, but because values are often linked to deeply held personal beliefs, they can be cause for discrimination and misunderstanding in the workforce. Recently, several Daily Work job seekers were terminated from positions due to this conflict. Here are few examples: A  job seeker was told by a hiring manager that he intended to extend a job offer, only to have it rescinded after the job seeker disclosed he was homeless in a casual conversation as he was leaving the interview. This same job seeker was terminated from …
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August 2016 Newsletter

August 2016   If our eNewsletter seems different, that’s because it is! We are using a new database and email system so that we can improve our communication with you! Our goal is to send you accurate, compelling information so that you can see the impact of your partnership on the job seekers at Daily Work. In that spirit, here are a few questions that will ensure we are sending only the information you want! Is your name at the top of the email right? If not, let me know, and I’ll get it fixed right away! Are you receiving this email in …
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April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 1 in 4 Minnesotans Can’t Afford a Basic Standard of Living…   We think that’s one too many.  On May 11 you can help more people like Ingrid get a better job and make ends meet. Ingrid recently got a full-time, permanent job with great benefits and room to advance, something she hasn’t had since 2011. Ingrid will share her journey to find a permanent position at our luncheon on May 11 (see more about Ingrid below).   Ingrid’s story is just one of several inspiring stories you will hear about at Daily Work’s 4th annual Steps to …
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February Newsletter

Where Did You Start the Race? By Julie Hoff, Executive Director Even from a young age, I noticed that not everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. Think of getting a job as a race; if your opponent has a 50 foot head start, do you really have an equal chance of winning the race? Starting 50 feet behind everyone else is what getting a job is like for many people who don’t look, dress, or talk in the ways favored in the American workforce…and this is the unfortunate reality of nearly every person that walks through Daily Work’s door. …
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December Newsletter

“New Home. New Job. New Future.” Recovering from a long period of joblessness is hard. Statistics show that a long period of unemployment can be as a harmful to a job search as having a felony in your past. Your support of Daily Work helps our job seekers get the resources and skills they need to advance in their careers.   Every gift makes a difference to Daily Work job seekers. Kona had not held a job since 2012 when she first came to Daily Work in June 2014. After struggling with complications with diabetes, losing her job, and then her …
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October/November Newsletter

“Home What Does it Mean to You?” A message from Julie Hoff, Executive Director As we enter the holiday season, it’s natural to think about family, gathering together, and “coming home.” But as we all know, the power of home is the people; the family, friends, and colleagues in our lives who support us in good times and tough times. Can you imagine how difficult your own life might be if you did not have a social, professional or family “home” to help you, with advice or other support, when life gets hard? This month’s newsletter features stories and reflections …
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June/July Newsletter

Let’s Start a New Message for People in Poverty A message from Julie Hoff, Executive Director What do you imagine when you think of American culture? I see bootstraps. When I think of American culture I think about personal responsibility and equal opportunity. I was raised on the idea that I could do anything I wanted to if I got an education. But today, that American dream seems only to be available to the middle class and the wealthy. Here’s why: The wicked step sister of personal responsibility and equal opportunity is blame and shame. Specifically, because “America is the …
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May Newsletter

“Connecting the Disconnected” A message from Executive Director Julie Hoff On May 13, nearly 250 people joined us at our third annual Steps to Success Luncheon. This year, we were fortunate to have Chris Farrell, author and economics commentator for MPR and Marketplace, as our emcee. He is a fabulous speaker and profound writer… and in his remarks, he talked about Crystal Palmer, a housing activist he met while doing a public radio documentary about Chicago’s efforts to transform public housing projects into mixed income communities. During the interview process, Palmer asked, “How do we connect the disconnected? That’s the key to success …
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