"Home What Does it Mean to You?"
This month's newsletter features stories and reflections about how Daily Work fills that gap for job seekers and provides a "home" for people who do not have adequate resources in their own networks to find a good job or advance in their careers.
It is your friendship with and support of Daily Work that is moving hardworking people into better jobs and out of poverty, improving our community for everyone. We are so grateful for you and all you do to help our job seekers find a "home" for the holidays...and every day.
Julie Hoff, Executive Director
By Becky Billings, Daily Work Volunteer and Donor
The Syrian refugee and migrant crisis consumes my mind. Each day, I listen to news reports about which countries are willing to accept the Syrians inside their borders and which are not. Syrians are walking hundreds of miles to find safe harbor for their families to only be turned away from country borders wrapped in fences and razor wire.
But the Syrian crisis is not the first global refugee crisis. Due to wars and revolutions, most recent refugees have come to the United States from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Somalia and Sudan.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the United States defines refugees as people of special humanitarian concern because they have demonstrated they were persecuted in their home country and have not resettled in another country. The law continues: "As a refugee, you may work immediately upon arrival to the United States."
In other words, a person is declared a refugee, he or she does not have an official home country or a place to call "home," but should begin working IMMEDIATELY.
No matter how unrealistic this may seem, refugees are resilient and find their way, either through help from family members or nonprofits, to acquire a place to reside until they are able to begin working. However, how and where do refugees find work in a place that they can't even call their home country?
In the Twin Cities, refugees can come to Daily Work. Each person who arrives at Daily Work receives help and attention from a case manager who works to find other nonprofits with services that can meet the immediate living needs of the refugee. But, the case manager goes farther. He or she provides the refugee with education about cover letters, resumes and applications to help find a job. Daily Work is a place that a refugee can call "home." Each time the refugee returns, the case manager is a familiar, caring face who wants to help and to provide answers about living in a brand new country. But, Daily Work helps more than refugees, they help anyone struggling with unemployment and financial suffciency who walks through their doors.
Daily Work provides a "home," a place to fit in and have a constant resource for people struggling with unemployment and finanical insecurity, often the most difficult time in their lives. Daily Work gave me a "home" when I needed support during my unemployment and now, they give me a place to fit in and to help others discover that Daily Work can be a "home."
- You can help too: November 12 is Minnesota's Give to the Max Day, where you can Ignite Generosity. Grow Giving. Consider giving your donations to Daily Work, at: https://givemn.org/organization/Daily-Work
- Help people find a "home" and prepare for a better new year. There are many ways to help. Visit http://daily-work.org/ to find out more about Daily Work.
- All donations made from November 1-12 will count towards GTMD!
By Marissa Melby, Daily Work Case Management Intern
I wasn't expecting Kelly to tell me such a personal story, but rather that she would talk about her past work experiences and then we would construct a plan for her to find a job. I quickly realized that what she really needed was for someone just to listen to her...Read More
By Theresa Johnson, Case Management Intern
People come through our door with hope for a better life. Throughout our lives the work we perform sustains us, from it we obtain shelter, food, clothing, health, and community. The resiliency we form to combat and face the many challenges of life is that of hope. Hope is intertwined with all change in our lives, for hope is change's... Read More
Fall 2015 Event Calendar
- Our funding gap through the end of the year is $28,000.
- You can help us fill that gap annd ensure that services for job seekers continue as scheduled at Daily Work by making a contribution before the year ends.
- Help us Win! All donations to Daily Work made at https://givemn.org/organization/Daily-Work through November 12 will be entered into drawings for additional donations of either $1,000 or $10,000!
Adult Education at Atonement Lutheran Church - Sunday, Nov. 15 at 11:00 a.m.
- Join us at the Daily Work office for good food, fellowship and a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes!
- RSVP for Open House Now!
- November 17 (Networking at the Open House)
- December 1 and December 15
Daily Work ~ 105 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103 ~ (651) 204 - 3043