I hope you are enjoying the benefits of your labor today, with a day off of work!  Orange County Rescue Mission is a “back to work” program, because we are created to work and be productive. In January 2017 I published this blog about how we pass on the value of hard work in the Rescue Mission programs. Today seems fitting to share how someone, like the student below, can become an employee that receives public recognition from her employer because she has become an asset to the business!

Work has been integral part of my life since I was a teen. Not only did it provide a means for an income, but work gave me a sense of purpose and direction. Through work, God has shaped me and given me a greater sense of calling.
Essentially, I chose to fall in line with God’s intentions for all of us. We are created to work. We see this from the very beginning of humanity. God gave both Adam and Eve “jobs” – ways to be productive, creative, give a sense of purpose, and work later became the means of God’s provision of their basic needs.
God’s design has inspired us to put a high value of work in all of our Rescue Mission programs and campuses.
Recently in a video story of OCRM graduate Josh Whelan, he describes his two years of homelessness as a daily struggle to survive. While homeless, Josh had to “work” to meet his basic needs of food, water and a place for shelter to survive.
We acknowledge that the homeless way of life is not necessarily one of laziness. But it does strip a person of their sense of dignity and contributing toward something that is greater themselves. And without a hand up to paid employment, a homeless person cannot move off of the streets.
All students in a Rescue Mission program are at a volunteer work assignment on campus for five to six days a week. When they are not working during day, they are in class, counseling or a meeting with a case manager, “working” on themselves. For forty-hours a week, they are productive and contributing to their community, and contributing to the cost of their Rescue Mission program.
Every student is supervised on the job by a Rescue Mission staff person. These staff are not only completing the tasks necessary to manage the various operations, but they are shaping the students that work in their department. Under supervision, students accomplish real work that gives them a great sense of dignity, students learn new work skills, they learn good work attitudes and the soft skills necessary for successful employment, and they learn how to manage work with other life responsibilities, such as raising children and going to school. For an average of one year, before setting out to find paid employment, students are receiving hands-on training to be excellent employees, and to value work.
The next step to self-sufficiency is up to the Orange County and Inland Empire communities. A Rescue Mission student is a skilled, capable and determined individual that wants to work. If you want to help them take the next step to self-sufficiency, please pass on information about job openings.
Or, if you own a business, contact the Rescue Mission the next time you are in need of a new employee. Maybe you will find an even deeper satisfaction in your work by helping someone who has overcome tremendous barriers, and is ready to take the next step to self-sufficiency.
To take a step in helping formerly homeless people become employed and self-sufficient, contact Joey Gonzalez at joey.gonzalez@rescuemission.org.

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