"At Daily Work, Learning is a Two-Way Street"
At Daily Work, we often write about how we impact the lives of the people served here. What we sometimes forget to talk about is how the people we serve impact us.
The truth is, the job seekers I work with impact me as much as I impact them. In the three years I have spent at Daily Work I have gained a better perspective and a more positive outlook on life. I used to say that I was a realist, but what I now know is that I often chose to focus on problems rather than possibilities.
Today, after interacting with many people like Tina, who maintain their hope and resilience in the face of many difficult hardships, I now realize that perspective is often a matter of choice. Tina had a faster progressing form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and was confined to a wheelchair. She came to Daily Work weekly with her husband Danny. After being at home for several years to help Tina, Danny needed to get back into the workforce to help support their family of four. Tina tirelessly helped Danny apply for jobs at home and was his constant cheerleader.
Despite their hardships, Tina was one of the most positive, hopeful people I have ever met. I am sad to say that Tina passed away this year, due to complications with her MS. But today, thanks to her support and positive influence and coupled with Daily Work's expertise, her husband now is working a good, full-time job with benefits. Danny says it's Tina helping him from heaven.
Tina is one of the people who helped me learn that I can choose to see the possibilities in every situation or I can choose to focus on the problems. Whichever I choose, becomes my reality.
Perspective is just one of many things* I have gained from knowing the job seekers at Daily Work. If you are interested in finding out what you might learn from our job seekers, give me a call. I guarantee that you will learn as much from them as they learn from you.
Here are just a few ways you can get involved at Daily Work (there are many more)
- Meet one-to-one with job seekers (requires good computer skills and regular time commitment)
- Teach interview skills and do mock interviews (we can train you)
- Speak at our Job Club or recruit someone from your company to do so
- Donate toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shave crème, and deodorant (travel size is fine)
- Donate gift cards to Target, Walmart, grocery stores, dollar stores, or common restaurant chains
- Sponsor ($60 or call to find out what to purchase) the snacks and office supplies provided at Job Club
- Create your own volunteer opportunity - call Julie at 651-204-3043!
* Want to read more about what we learn from job seekers? Check our blog next Tuesday, October 6!
By Theresa O'Connor, Daily Work Program Manager
Previously, Ellen owned a successful day care business and felt confident she could offer many skills to area businesses. Despite this, Ellen struggled to get interviews and job offers...and full-time positions were impossible to find. Click here to read Ellen's success story ...Read More
By Lee Olafson, Daily Work Web Media Communications Volunteer
There are a number of factors that do not reflect the real number of unemployed people in Minnesota and elsewhere...To learn the truth about the unemployment numbers and find out where Lee is now Click Here
By Kabao Her, Daily Work Case Management Intern
Many people know that Daily Work is an organization that helps people find a job. But you might not know that Daily Work also prepares students like me for successful careers as social workers or other human service jobs. To read more Click Here
By Ger Xiong, Former Daily Work Case Management Intern
I remember my first job in America was making rice crispy bars in a bakery factory that paid me $ 7.00 an hour. The work environment was very hot and the floor was wet with sticky sugar... To read more about Ger's first job and her road to success in America Click Here
Fall 2015 Event Calendar
Stepping up to End Hunger - Saturday, October 10 from 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Incarnation Lutheran Church, 4880 Hodgson Road, Shoreview, MN 55126
- An event of the St. Paul Area Synod. Daily Work will give a brief presentation about our work to alleviate hunger through employment. Click here for promotional flier.
- Daily Work will participate in a panel discussion.
- Feel the excitement of helping Daily Work win a Golden Ticket worth $1,000 or $10,000. Every donation made online at GiveMN.org on Nov. 12 qualifies us for a chance to win!
- Join us at the Daily Work office for good food, fellowship and a chance to win a fabulous raffle prize!
October 6 and 20
- November 3 and 17 (Nov. 17 will be networking at the open house)
Daily Work ~ 105 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103 ~ (651) 204 - 3043