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Mental health is a vital part of personal and professional success. Our case management intern discusses the best ways to deal with the challenges mental health brings.

Unemployment Insurance continues to be an important income-maintenance tool for workers and families, but many don't know the history or benefits of this resource. Daily Work helps many jobseekers navigate the unemployment insurance system each year and find the financial support they need to help them get back on their feet.

The U.S is a nation of immigrants, yet immigrants and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) still experience discrimination, racism, and the impacts of white supremacy on an everyday basis. Find new ways to celebrate American culture by exploring these ideas for supporting BIPOC communities and immigrants in the Twin Cities.

Help us maximize our impact on technology essentials for Daily Work today.

New Matching Gift - 25 Days to Raise $2,500. The Justin and Susan Kelly Foundation was so inspired by the testimonies in our videos that they are providing an additional $2,500 challenge match to generate extra support!

Sneak Preview of Steps to Success Event!

Watch this video to meet some of our speakers who will be featured at our Steps to Success Virtual Event on Tuesday, May 18th at 7pm!

Join the Daily Work community as our Steps to Success benefit goes virtual. This year we are honoring our collective strength and resiliency with inspiring narratives and entertainment. It’s a program packed with what you love about our in-person events... meaningful connections, impactful stories, and interesting speakers, like Mimi.

Daily Work supports many job seekers through the job search process, but Daily Work does much more. Daily Work case managers focus on the broad needs of the job seekers they work with and address the barriers that job seekers experience. A Daily Work case manager is able to utilize resources both within and outside of Daily Work.

A resume is: a summary of your skills, accomplishments, and qualifications. It shows a future manager what you have done previously. Most resumes should include your work experiences, contact information, skills, training, certifications, and any education.

We grieve for Daunte Wright and for all who knew and loved him. We recognize the collective trauma another killing at the hands of law enforcement brings our community, especially now during the Chauvin trial, especially for Black and Brown people.

Twin Cities' icon, master storyteller, and talented entertainer T. Mychael Rambo will host Daily Work's 2021 Steps to Success live and virtual benefit event Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.

In an effort to keep us talking about and keeping visible the injustices in our communities, Daily Work would like to take a minute to acknowledge the tragic shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta and the associated racism and hate acts geared towards Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. 

As the Chauvin Trial begins here in the Twin Cities, we at Daily Work would like to acknowledge the tremendous impact this has, particularly on the Black community. Derrick Chauvin is the police officer who murdered George Floyd last June, and his trial began on March 8th 2021. With all of this in mind, we would like to share some resources both for understanding what is happening in the trial, and for healing for those most impacted by this.

Hello! My name is Pangnhia Khang and I am a Daily Work intern majoring in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Because of my parents' experience of difficulty finding a stable job when they immigrated to the U.S. I was drawn to Daily Work’s vision and values. My parents did not speak the English language and did not have any work experience, this made it hard for them to find work. Seeing them struggle made me want to become a social worker - to advocate for individuals and help them with services such as food, housing, and job seeking.

Providing culturally-appropriate services has received more attention in recent years. In the past, a social worker’s ability to collaborate effectively with individuals cross-culturally has relied heavily on the idea of cultural competency. Cultural competency is defined as the ability to interact with people across cultures through the development of an appreciation for those who are different from us. Cultural competency assumes that if one gains enough knowledge of the numerous manifestations of cultural influences, they will be better prepared to journey alongside the individuals they serve.

January was Motivational Interviewing month at Daily Work for case management interns. Throughout the month we engaged with readings and videos to learn about Motivational Interviewing techniques as well practicing the techniques with each other to hone our skills.

One of the biggest events of 2020 was the COVID-19 pandemic. It impacted the entire world and changed the way that we lived our lives. The pandemic continues to be a global problem as we enter 2021, yet people’s lives can’t be put on hold until it ends. You can still find work!

In 2020, with our small but mighty crew of interns and volunteers, we accomplished more than we could have imagined.

In America we call it Christmas. In Ethiopia it’s called Ganna. And according to archaeologists, both began well before the official holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus.

COVID-19 has been on all of our minds ever since we first heard about cases popping up in the United States earlier this year. As you head into this holiday season, be aware of what’s true and not true about COVID.

Losing a parent is always a difficult experience. Losing a parent with whom you are very close with, first slowly to Dementia, and then quickly to COVID, can weigh even heavier.

Frustration? Sadness? Overwhelm? This experience almost always triggers a lot of emotions, and when stakes are high, it can be outright anxiety-provoking. For Felicia, a Daily Work job seeker and college student, not having a computer of her own was causing both stress and frustration.

In this COVID-19 pandemic, we all may find ourselves losing our connection with the present moment. This results in us missing out on what we’re doing and how we’re feeling. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment.

Aric is amazed by how much the job market has changed. Once upon a time, he’d go door to door soliciting restaurants and retailers for applications. He’d fill them out in person, on the spot, by hand.

The natural stresses of day to day life can be greatly exacerbated by political stress. That’s right- political stress exists and can be defined as the losing of sleep over, feeling fatigued by, or anxiety due to increasing political news or lack of political action.

Our print newsletter is mailed three times per year to the homes of supporters and friends. To receive a copy in your home, call (651) 204-3043. Thank you for your interest in Daily Work. Happy reading!

“Getting a job is all about who you know.”

Have you ever heard that phrase before? I would bet that it’s a familiar saying to many of us. Knowing someone on the inside will boost your chances for getting that job: It’s “Job Search 101” for good reason!

As many of you know, the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has had lasting effects on our communities, families, and the world. More specifically, COVID-19 has “infected” the employment landscape, with immense impacts on unemployment rates, types of employment available, the financial health of families, and hiring opportunities.

As a social worker, I am dedicated to helping other people. Why else would I join the social work field? One connection that drew me to Daily Work is the overlap between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and Daily Work’s mission and values. While some of our case managers do not have a human or social services background, they still effectively engage these concepts in their work with jobseekers. Here are some similarities between Daily Work’s values and NASW Code of Ethics.

We've all heard that good communication is key to a good relationships, understanding, and making the best possible first impression.

So, what is effective communication?

When I first learned that I was going to be doing my case management internship with Daily Work remotely due to COVID-19, I was very skeptical, and frankly, kind of scared. The idea of learning the ins and outs of the organization through a fully online orientation was daunting enough, but the necessity to also spend the rest of the summer conducting my appointments over the phone from home was nearly unimaginable. However, I made the choice to jump in headfirst and trust the process, and I am so glad I did! As my time with Daily Work comes to a close, here are a few reflections on the remote experience:

Here at Daily Work, many of the job seekers that we partner with are from Ethiopia, although each of their journeys to Daily Work is unique. Some individuals are born in Ethiopia and move to the U.S with their families when they are children. Others may move during their teenage years and then graduate from a U.S high school. We also see people who are later in their lives and have only just arrived. Some are awaiting their families’ arrival, so that they can start their new lives in the U.S.

What is the census?
Just once every 10 years, the federal government counts each person living in the United States. In addition to determining how many representatives a state can send to Congress, population data informs how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed to communities across the country ― money that supports programs impacting education, housing, employment, health care, public policy and more.

As we all know due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many agencies and workplaces, including Daily Work, have transitioned away from in-person contact to remote work practices for the safety of staff and clients. This lack of personal contact and other factors of the pandemic create additional stresses and anxieties for people. Here are a few tips to stay safe and take care of our physical and mental health.

People often say that COVID-19 “doesn’t discriminate” in an attempt to encourage people who see themselves as immune to take social distancing and mask precautions more seriously. This good-natured attempt at promoting social responsibility is true in many ways: young, healthy people can contract the virus, and maybe more importantly, they can pass it on to those who are more vulnerable than them. However, even though COVID-19 can infect any of us, and in that sense, does not discriminate, our social structures certainly do.

If you are a human in the rigorous American workforce, I am sure the feeling of fatigue is not distant to you. The challenges of going to work, attending to your mental and emotional health, and providing care for your family can all be very heavy obstacles to juggle. And oh, wait! Please do not get me started on maintaining a certain level of physical health - staying alive. Remembering to feed yourself and even drink water can be a daily challenge for some of us. Battling this fatigue is strenuous, especially when merging it with social identities and life experiences.

My name is Mai Herr and I am a Daily Work intern majoring in social work at Metropolitan State University. Growing up as a refugee, I was exposed to lots of social workers and social services from nonprofit organizations like Daily Work. We have been in the U.S. for just eight years! During this time, many in my family got help with housing, employment, education, and with other social welfare programs. It was through these experiences that I determined I wanted to be a social worker. I am glad that Daily Work accepted me so that I can further practice my social work skills.

Hi, my name is Madeline Echavarria and I am an intern at Daily Work. My major is Business Administration and Accounting. I know it’s odd, right? I have a business degree at an agency where most interns are in the field of social work. However, I am utilizing my administration skills and playing a vital role in management, organization, and operational tasks. I find it interesting to see how non-profit organizations work, but what I find even more spectacular is to observe the community Daily Work creates.

I wasn’t sure I was cut out to succeed as a Case Manager. As a Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies student at St. Olaf College, (not Social Work) taking in so much new information about best practices, case notes, and client interaction was daunting. As a non-social work student, I’ve had a lot to learn about social work practice and the day-to-day operations of a Case Manager at a small, non-profit organization like Daily Work. However, as the weeks progress, I’ve realized that my background in social sciences is very compatible with social work. It has been really interesting and rewarding to unpack the similarities and differences between the disciplines and the ways they can complement each other. 

Marina here, one of Daily Work’s intern case managers. Since we are all still staying at home, I wanted to check in to see how you’re doing in this bizarre and worrisome time we’re facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Marina here, one of Daily Work’s social work interns. I want to share a really interesting method of communication with you. It’s called Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD.

Dorcas and her children have dreams today that once were inconceivable. Dorcas and her three young children came to the United States seeking religious and political asylum. They endured months of hardship, unemployment, and living in shelters. But today, Dorcas counts Daily Work as part of her "new family".

Marbel (pictured) immigrated to the U.S. eight years ago. In that short time, she earned both her bachelor and master degrees in social work and now works full-time helping people in crisis as a mental health social worker for Washington County. As a former Daily Work intern, Marbel credits Daily Work for helping her gain skills critical to her success.

Ojulu came to Daily Work with few clothes, little money, basic English, and determination. With the help of Daily Work volunteer Gretchen, Ojulu improved his English, began to understand American workplace culture, and apply for jobs.

I worked as a personal care assistant for most of my high school career and throughout college. As a social work intern at Daily Work I work mainly with immigrants and refugees, which is new to me. When I started my internship at Daily Work, I noticed that implicit biases were impacting my job seekers in employment, housing, and other programs and I started to become interested in advocating for greater awareness of implicit biases. If we act on our biases, it can significantly affect someone’s opportunities to live a thriving life. So here are some things I have learned at Daily Work that can help us become aware of and reduce our biases.

All of us at Daily Work hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with good food and even better memories. At Daily Work, we gave thanks for YOU, our wonderful donors, Facebook friends, volunteers, interns, job seekers, ambassadors, and readers of our emails. Each of you make Daily Work possible for determined job seekers in our community. Thank you!

What does your home mean to you? My home makes me feel secure and stable. It provides me with basic needs, comfort and relaxation. My room is one of my happy places. I don’t have to question “where will I sleep tonight?” When I wake up in the morning the first activity I do is use the bathroom and brush my teeth. My basic morning routine is done without a thought and I use all the resources I desire. Out of habit, I don’t think twice about the necessities I have. Opportunity St. Paul’s Learning Community Event made me think and acknowledge the privilege I have even more.

For some Americans Halloween is a chance to dress up as their favorite super hero or possibly a scary monster and for kids, get lots of yummy candy. There are movies, décor, and apparel all dedicated to this time of the year. But where did this tradition of dressing up as someone else and buying expensive costumes originate? These things may make it seem like an American tradition to go door-to-door asking strangers for treats and candy, but where did it all start? Definitely.

Sometimes it can be tough getting motivated. We’ve all been there; up against the wall of ‘which way to turn next’. Maybe you’ve lost steam on your job hunt-- applying for what seems like hundreds of jobs, but not getting any bites. Perhaps you’re not sure which path to head down, what next steps to take. Maybe you’re just not feeling very engaged or interested in making a change because you don’t have the energy or time. We know the feeling!! Getting motivated can feel like an uphill battle, but with some nifty techniques, this process can actually be pretty fun!

I rode the city bus once as an adult and I never used it again ever. That experience brings back anxiety-filled memories of when I was a kid riding the school bus and I missed my bus stop when I fell asleep on the bus. All of these emotions of sadness and fear flooded me again when I rode the city bus. The voices in my head overflowed as I wondered “Gosh, am I really lost? How am I going to go home? Where am I? Is this a safe neighborhood to get out and ask directions?”

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