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According to Encyclopedia.com, stigma (plural, stigmata) is a Greek word that in its origins referred to a kind of tattoo mark that was cut or burned into the skin of criminals, slaves, or traitors in order to visibly identify them as blemished or morally polluted persons. The word was later applied to other personal attributes that are considered shameful or discrediting. With such a negative origin, it's not hard to imagine how damaging stigmata are to people experiencing them. In this post, Nancy examines the connection between stigma and disabilities and how we help eliminate them.

Register online or send the card you received in the mail! You can find more details about the May 17 Steps to Success event on our website. 

We live in a world where most things in life involve technology; the internet may be the most important technology today. It is now rare that people tender hard copies of a resume to apply for a job. Instead, job applications are submitted mostly online. With the pandemic, both education and work are increasingly online experiences. These things could not have happened if people did not have internet and computer access.

Daily Work is striving to be data-centric in our approach to building a sustainable and impactful organization. Read about the seven efforts either recently completed or currently underway to learn more about how we're using data to inform our work.

According to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, "...sleep is not an optional activity." Today, the negative impacts of inadequate sleep are more widely recognized. Despite this, statistics show that 1 out of 3 American adults do not get adequate sleep, impacting all aspects of life. Read more about why Daily Work cares about how much sleep our job seekers are getting.

Shauna points out that some people compare programs like SNAP to a band aid, because they feel that they do not help much. In fact, these programs are essential in helping people become financially stable. If you need to sign up for SNAP or TANF, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Research shows that volunteering is good for you! Learn about how it can help pave the way to paid employment, better health, and a more satisfying life experience.

Taissa shares why affordable housing has become harder to come by these days. Here at Daily Work, we strive to help our job seekers secure stable housing because it is a crucial aspect that contributes to finding and maintaining employment.

Sustainable work and financial sufficiency are some of the best ways to end homelessness.

Jerry reflects on his new career in social work and the opportunity to merge passion with profession.

Have you received the booster shot yet? If not, it is probably time for you to do so!

Many of us have encountered pre-employment assessments, but did you know that they were designed to have candidates fail?

Have you taken or are you considering taking Paternal Leave? Shauna writes on this contentious issue and urges your action to support paid paternal leave.

Kim wraps up for this semester's internship at Daily Work, and she will come back after the break to continue supporting our job seekers!

Jerry researches into the higher heating bills that are expected this winter and provides some options for potential relief.

Brittany outlines the types of struggles that our job seekers face, and she is dedicated to resolve these issues. Learn more about what she has to say here!

Take a look at what Asiya has to say about her experience here at Daily Work as a case manager!

Student interns are a key part of Daily Work’s identity as an organization. Just like our job seekers, students come to Daily Work to get the support and guidance needed to find success in the workforce.

When you have an advanced degree but it is not taken into consideration when employers hire you and subsequently offer you a rudimentary position, it is called brain waste. Learn more about brain waste and how it affects immigrants!

Speak up and be an ally to BIPOC community members!

What did you think Daily Work was when you first saw our name? Many mistake us to be a temp agency, but we are really the opposite of what a temp agency is!

As Daily Work continues to shape our mission expression, we see dual paths of continuing to advance job seekers’ life and work development as well as examining how we and our employer partners can broaden our definitions of what success and capability looks and sounds like.

There are barriers to employment, and Daily Work is here to mitigate them for our job seekers. Learn more about what these barriers are and how we strive to remove them!

Privacy and confidentiality is an important part of the relationship between Daily Work and its stakeholders, especially job seekers. At the same time, sharing information and "networking" is often the key to success when seeking new employment. Learn more about how we walk that line at Daily Work.

Considering a career change? To understand which jobs will be in demand, DEED has created the Employment Outlook data tool, which provides some information about the jobs that are expected to grow the most in Minnesota.

Language discrimination is the unfair treatment of an individual solely because of their native language or other speech characteristics. Learn more about it now!

The reality is that housing and employment are intertwined. Without stable housing, employment is difficult to maintain, and without employment, stable housing is almost impossible.

Struggling to find jobs because of language barrier? We are here to help.

Here are some tips for newcomers in MN.

Why do you need healthy food?

Learn more about SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan.

Limit the spread of Covid with the following steps.

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.

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