Jobs for Life
PROVIDING HOPE AND COMMUNITY
FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
A LIFETIME OF MEANINGFUL WORK
We currently conduct classes at Bridges at Kraemer Place (Orange County’s transitional homeless shelter) twice weekly, two hours each meeting, for eight weeks (a total of 32 hours). The course combines teaching soft skills (résumé-building, mock interviews, etc.) with character and identity formation, believing that as students learn how to successfully conduct themselves in life situations, they will become better-equipped to acquire the employment the seek.
The combination of Jobs for Life instruction, extended mentorship and business partnership allows our students to thrive and experience renewed dignity, hope, and purpose.
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Interwoven with class instruction is the presence of champions (volunteer mentors) who commit to walk with our students for up to one year. Champions journey through class alongside the students, helping them work through the material and developing deeper relationships with them. They then continue to foster those relationships outside of class, providing relational connections that encourage student growth and development.
The final component is that of business partnership, employers and owners who understand our aim in preparing our men and women for meaningful work. They agree to interview our graduates for potential job openings, and seek to work with them in helping them transition to greater self-sufficiency.
VOLUNTEER // BECOME A CHAMPION
Join a team of dedicated and passionate individuals committed to walking alongside those experiencing homelessness.
CHAMPIONS: JfL is volunteer-dependent in its efforts. We need men and women willing to extend themselves for the sake of others. Our greatest need is always for champions who provide support, guidance, encouragement and a sense of community to our students.
LEADERSHIP TEAM: We also need other JfL positions filled, especially as we look to expand. These include leadership positions involving overall responsibility of a JfL venue, champions oversight, business relations management, prayer team coordination, and student relations.
PRAYER TEAM: We are also looking for those who will be part of our prayer teams (each class cycle has such a team), as well as those willing to pitch in and help wherever they might be needed.
FOR CHURCHES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Our big picture hope is to positively impact homelessness in OC by giving this life-changing program away! Churches and other groups can be perfect fits for JfL classes, because they can provide a powerful platform for not only teaching the material, but of also developing meaningful relationships that effectively engage our students in their transformation.
If you’d like to know more about hosting Jobs for Life and making it part of your group’s outreach, contact us. We’ll set up a time to talk set up a time to talk and determine how you can best use your group to change the direction of lives around you.
Our business partners provide the “wrap around” that help our students find hope as they move into the working world. They help by providing interviews for our grads if they have positions that need to be filled. There’s no obligation to hire; only to help men and women working their way back into the mainstream.
We know that there is a risk in hiring, especially at entry level, and that bad hires can cost employers a lot of money. While we can’t eliminate that risk, it’s reasonable to assume that when our graduates come to prospective employers with 32 hours of training, a mentor walking with them and our seal of approval, that risk factor should drop and we can provide a win for all parties involved.
JOBS FOR LIFE VENUES AND DATES
We currently host Jobs for Life training at Orange County’s homeless shelter, Bridges at Kraemer Place in Anaheim. We’re currently looking at other locations and dates for classes. If you are part of a church or organization who would like to be a host site for Jobs for Life, please send us an email!
If You Are Currently Experiencing Homelessness
CLICK HERE and you’ll be directed to a list of resources that can be of help to you. If you’d like to know more about joining a Jobs for Life class, or find out how you might find temporary shelter at Bridges, you can contact Mike Carman at OC United at firstname.lastname@example.org.