I Didn't Have a Job

Poor work history. Felony record. Long periods of unemployment. Addiction issues. Lack of education. No transportation. No appropriate work attire. No teeth.

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Good Work

There’s a good kind of tired. You know what I mean? That kind of tired where you’ve put in a full day of hard, physical work. You got dirty. You sweat. And now your muscles hurt. When you finally crawl into bed, you’re pretty sure you’ll be asleep before your head hits the pillow. I like that kind of tired because it means I used this body God gave me to do something productive.

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Business Partnerships

Omega Pacific

Omega Pacific, a local manufacturer of climbing gear, has hired two men from UGM’s Employment Ready Program. Here, Director of Operations, John Warden, explains why he sees the partnership as a win-win.

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Take Action: Give a Hand Up

Here are a few of the ways your gifts to UGM are helping people get back to work:

  • Vocational Education: In our learning centers, men and women are studying for their GEDs, learning computer skills, prepping for college, searching for jobs, receiving job coaching and polishing resumes.
  • Daily chores: Everyone staying at UGM shelters contributes in one way or another – laundry, kitchen duty, housekeeping, etc. – and, in the process, they practice basic job skills – being on time, dressing appropriately, following instructions and managing conflict.
  • Employment Ready Program: Participants receive specific instruction not only on how to get a job but how to keep one. Through case management, individual problem areas are identified and a plan of action is created.
  • Business Practicum: Recovery residents commit to 240 hours of unpaid employment at a local business, providing the opportunity to earn a good reference and rebuild both their resume and their confidence.

More info about job training at UGM can be found here.

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