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"Home What Does it Mean to You?"

A message from Julie Hoff, Executive DirectorHoff Headshot

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 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

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"Far from Home"

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."


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

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"Hope + Opportunity = Joy"

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 

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Get To Know Daily Work at Upcoming Events

Fall 2015 Event Calendar 

Give to the Max Day - Thursday, November 12 from 12:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 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.

 Adult Education at Atonement Lutheran Church - Sunday, Nov. 15 at 11:00 a.m.

1980 Silver Lake Road, New Brighton, MN 55112
Annual Open House and Raffle - Tuesday, November 17, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
105 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103
  • Join us at the Daily Work office for good food, fellowship and a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes!
  • RSVP for Open House Now!
Job Club - First and Third Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
105 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103
  • November 17 (Networking at the Open House)
  • December 1 and December 15

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