The mission of FaithWorks is to help the underemployed, through personal, career, academic and spiritual development, acquire the confidence and skills for gainful long-term employment. Each year FaithWorks conducts three 13-week semesters of life skills training for un/underemployed adults. The Adkins Life Skills curriculum is taught every day, Monday-Friday. It teaches students how to choose, find, get, and keep a job. Our goal for each student to become financially independent and self-sustaining. FaithWorks also teaches conflict resolution, character education, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and the Book of Matthew each 13 week semester. Each day begins with a Psalm reading and prayer time. Students benefit from two healthy, made from scratch meals per day at FaithWorks, as well as our “Clothing Shoppe” of gently used professional clothing. A 60-hour unpaid internship at the end of each semester gives students on the job experience in a career field of their choosing.
FaithWorks students come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are seeking to better themselves. They are climbing out of the low season of their life, a time when the most mundane expenses can swallow them. FaithWorks attempts to assist with some of these expenses, as resources allow, so that a student can remain in class and begin the road to self-sufficiency. Some need bus passes to get to class, others need money for IDs, GED testing, bills, child care, or medicine. Gasoline, car insurance, personal care items or just groceries can be overwhelming expenses, so FaithWorks tries to help. Because FaithWorks is a go-to-work program, the student volunteers with a nonprofit or church to earn a $10 per hour credit toward payment of on of life's financial basic needs. The first year after graduation is filled with additional transitions, as students establish themselves, buy work clothes or shoes, pay deposits on utilities, etc. We try to help with as much of that as we can.
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