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Daily Work - Defined by Gratitude
By Rachel O’Keefe, case management intern

The holidays are a time when many people account for their blessings and celebrate them. It’s always during this period that I’m struck by how fleeting gratitude can be and that when time isn’t set aside to take stock of blessings, they often go unrecognized.

Gratitude is defined as, “the quality of being thankful” or “readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

I’ve been a Case Manager Intern at Daily Work for about four months now and in that short span of time, I’ve witnessed more expressions of gratitude and thankfulness than ever before in my life. It often comes at moments when I least expect it or when I’m working with a job seeker and feeling inadequate, when I feel like I’m not doing or being helpful enough. 

The job seekers that come to Daily Work have an incredible ability to share their gratitude and express thanks. Many of these job seekers have to face incredible barriers to finding jobs and achieving financial security. Most struggle with communication because English is not their first language and their computer skills are basic at best. They are also learning American workforce culture and norms that are significantly different than those in their home countries. The challenges many face are exhausting.

For the many immigrants we serve, I cannot adequately imagine the stressors', challenges, and expenses associated with leaving their families, crossing oceans, and starting completely new lives in America. For those born here, they too are navigating extreme challenges and difficult circumstances that can crush hope and create resentment in even the most hopeful.

Yet, the narratives that I have been so honored to hear are not ones defined by adversity. They are beautiful stories of resilience, hard work, and gratitude.

So as the New Year begins, I would like say to the job seekers “Thank you so much” that I have been blessed to interact with and who demonstrate the power of gratitude to me every day.

Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for teaching me lessons about thankfulness and courage. Thank you for your resilience and kindness; it is inspiring and something that is worth celebrating.

I’m honored to be a part of their journey.

As a friend of Daily Work, your invaluable support is what allows these job seekers to come to Daily Work, so “Thank you” to all of you, too!

It is an incredibly special gift to be a part of these beautiful stories and to make the mountains our job seekers face a little smaller…and if the mountain doesn’t diminish in size at least our job seekers know that they don’t have to climb alone.

I hope your New Year is filled with health and happiness and that you can find quiet moments to celebrate the blessings in your own life.

Editor’s Note: Daily Work has a lot to be grateful for as we begin 2018. Thanks to you, Daily Work met and EXCEEDED the $10,000 Giving Challenge goal! The Challenge inspired nearly $25,000 in contributions in November and December… which will help 25 job seekers find new jobs and a Happy New Year in 2018.

Thank you for your incredible support. We did it, together!


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