One of the newest components of L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry is our Workforce Development. Because many of the homeless need decent paying wages, there needs to be an emphasis on our part to address that need. At the core of this program is finding men and women jobs so they can rise above homelessness. But only do we want to help people get jobs, we want them to keep those jobs well into the future.
Workforce Development is currently split into two categories: One-on-one help, and group-setting help. As a ministry, we have helped many people find jobs using both of these strategies. First, in 2007, we developed an all-inclusive job fair, where men and women attend, are trained and then have access to gainful employment. These job fairs have been very successful in placing close to 40% of the participants in jobs either at the job fair or shortly thereafter.
But building one-on-one relationships has always been at the core of L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry. As we meet people and talk about their issues, naturally, finding employment becomes a topic of interest. So we write resumes for people, take them to job interviews, get the bus tickets, etc; whatever it takes to get them the job of their dreams.
As L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry moves forward, we will be exploring other ways to further this up and coming phase of the ministry. If you would like to get involved in the minsitry this way, please check out our volunteering section to learn about our upcoming job fair.