• Serving the Community with Hope International University

    On Sunday, Aug 17th we partnered with Hope International to challenge their new incoming students to do a serve day together. The new students were all put into groups of 20 and were introduced to dorm life, the cafeteria, the campus and church on Sunday. After lunch, we had the joy of leading them into […]

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  • “Never Giving Up” (Millie’s Story)

    “Never Giving Up” [ Millie’s Story ] Jobs for Life just graduated a set of new students a little over two weeks ago and we are so excited to see where our graduates end up. It has been exciting to walk through the program with these wonderful students and see them grow. A standout student […]

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  • HOME(less) ALONE

    HOME(less) ALONE Blog by Mike Carman Finding a problem is usually pretty easy to do. Finding a solution can be more difficult. And carrying out that solution more difficult still. Recognizing homelessness as a problem in our communities is pretty simple these days. However, effective answers that benefit all parties are tougher to articulate, and […]

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  • “The Only Woman Champion”

    Coming into Jobs for Life I don’t think I had the clearest picture of what to expect. I knew it was a work force skills curriculum focused around biblical truth that met at a local shelter for two hours twice a week. I wasn’t too sure what my duties would entail as a champion but […]

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  • You Find What You’re Looking For

    I saw her this morning. Slowly walking through an empty parking lot, pushing a shopping cart filled with a wide-ranging combination of items that had seemingly little or no worth. Yelling at everyone – at someone – at no one. Her monologue was wholehearted, pleading, vulgar and absolute. All at the same time. As I […]

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  • How Do You Live Without Hope?

    This is a question I ask myself as I interact with those experiencing homelessness. So many I encounter have been beaten down by the world and its adversity to the point of giving up. They see little or nothing to live for, no reason to try, no hope for their future. But when hope is […]

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  • We had a party because he lost his job

    It sounds weird right? With a name like “Jobs for Life,” it’s obvious what we’re hoping to accomplish as we take our students through the powerful eight-week curriculum journey. We assume that after the classwork is complete our students will begin looking for employment, ready to put what they’ve learned into practice. Halfway through our […]

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  • Hope and Homelessness

    “We launched our second cycle of Jobs for Life(JfL) classes January 23 at Orange County’s homeless shelter, Bridges at Kraemer Place. We had a great opening night with 14 students and as many JfL volunteers, most serving as champions (mentors). Our hearts were moved by the eagerness and determination evident throughout the class and we […]

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  • What’s Ahead for 2018

    Dear Family and Friends, God showed His faithfulness in 2017 as we joined His work in North Orange County. We are excited to expand and step out in faith for what He has ahead in 2018. Escrow has begun on a 4-unit apartment complex for our THRIVE aged-out foster youth women! California Lutheran Homes, a new partner […]

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  • What if we engaged men and women with the prospect of employment?

    Last month, we launched our Jobs for Life program at the Orange County Homeless Shelter called “Bridges at Kraemer Place”. Through Jobs for Life, we engage underemployed and unemployed men and women in training and preparation for a lifetime of work. While the issues revolving around homelessness are complex, one primary contributing factor is joblessness. […]

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