"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 in this community and any other community is connecting the disconnected."
Chris went on to comment about how work is a powerful connector for people and about how that concept is at the heart of what Daily Work is doing.*
I couldn't agree more. Daily Work's vision for our community is that it is a place where all people have the time and financial resources to be connected...to their employers, their neighbors, their schools, their places of worship, to mainstream society. Work makes that happen.
Our mission is about connecting our job seekers to work and resources, but our luncheon is about connecting YOU, our friends and supporters, to our job seekers and their unique talents, perspectives and needs. It's about helping you know and feel the impact of your support and how it is making a difference in our job seekers' lives.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's event a tremendous success. So far, the luncheon has generated nearly $70,000 in pledges, one-time gifts, and matching grants. Better yet, it has already generated jobs for at least two of our job seekers! The story below, written by a Daily Work job seeker, sums up the difference a job makes. Thank you for making stories like Tracey's possible.
*To read all of Chris Farrell's remarks about how work connects the disconnected, click here.
"I have my life back" - Tracey's Success
By Tracey Gennrich, Daily Work Job seeker
To have a job again, after a very long stretch, means I have my life back. I've never experienced a flood or fire, so I don't know what that situation would be like, besides being terrible. But, at least in either of those instances, if you have insurance, you can begin to rebuild your life.
Without a job, your life is on hold. You have no idea when you'll get another job and worry constantly about money. Just because you're unemployed doesn't mean the bills stop. In fact, they start mounting. You fret about every dime. During unemployment, you're limited to what you can afford to do and often have to forgo outings with friends and family. Everything hinges on what you can and cannot afford to do. And for many people financial disaster is a reality. Getting help from state agencies requires a great deal of time and energy, both due to all the paperwork required and many different requirements for each program! Even if you get help, you must report all your activities - more paperwork!
But, now that I have a job again, I feel like my time is spent so much more productively. I can live my life and return to normal activities, too. Instead of going to countless meetings and sending innumerable resumes, I actually accomplish work at a job. I don't feel as if I am just wasting time.
During my unemployment, having a support system and a cheerleader was imperative and that's what Daily Work was for me. Julie, my job counselor, not only encouraged me, she spent time looking for jobs she thought would be a fit for me. It was great also to learn that Daily Work counselors were aware of the latest trends in job hunting - the best formats for resumes, how to connect with other job seekers and potential employers, and what occupations are growing. I've seen Daily Work grow and mature over the years and am excited to see the new group meetings.
I feel the staff at Daily Work really care about their clients; their help and suggestions during such a critical time is instrumental to the success of their job seekers.
Editors Note: In early April, Tracey started a full-time position as the office administrator for Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine. Congratulations Tracey! We are so happy for you.
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