While jobs may abound, for those experiencing homelessness, it’s as though society were saying, “There are plenty of stars in the night sky, why can’t you grab one?” To some it feels alienating, to others it seems impossible, but the most common description we hear is that it feel hopeless.
For this percentage of the population, due to as many unique reasons as there are individuals, finding work may seem remote and inaccessible. A person experiencing homelessness may feel as though the end is too far on the horizon, that they lack the necessary skills, or that they simply do not know where to start.
This is where hope begins!
At the LegUp Program, everyone is met where they are at, with understanding and flexibility. Through The LegUp’s eight week training program, the first step is laying a strong foundation. Client’s attend a week long intensive, requiring daily attendance. It is not easy to commit to this endeavor, but the proof is in the results.
This week, was week two, focusing heavily on individual needs and building friendship, “One-on-One,” training, and continuous coaching. Out of our class, one third has already taken the initiative to seek out jobs. Three individuals have already attained interviews, and one individual has gotten a job. (We are so proud!)
These students, though in the process of getting jobs, still faithfully attend workshops, receiving encouragement and support. They are learning not only how to get in the door, but how to follow through, show initiative, and do their best once they have a job, to ensure that they are prepared to keep it and continue forward on their journey.
This is just one facet of how outreach is happiness, and of how advocacy is powerful. We thank you for your continued support of the LegUp Program, and how it aids in the prevention and ending of homelessness through advocacy, support, and friendship.
-The LegUp Staff