End Homelessness in DC - One Family at a Time

by Hope and a Home, Inc.
Jan 17, 2013

Rewarding Work

Rewarding Work

Jackie was in a dead end job. She was a manager in a retail chain store where she worked long hours for low pay and was not valued for her hard work.  She was caught in a web of low self esteem and lack of confidence. She came alive when she met with Hope and a Home’s Job Readiness Coordinator who  conducted a career assessment, assisted  in polishing  her resume, and illuminated for her the way to build on the  strengths and skills. Jackie soon was able to identify how building on her previous work experience could lead to more rewarding work.  Once she had gained the confidence to interview for a position that she really wanted, she was selected for a job as a marketing specialist in a prominent bank in Washington, DC. We knew that she could do it. Now she has discovered that for herself!


John moved from job to job, unable to hold a position for more than several months at a time. He worked  in food service and then tried security. None of these developed into meaningful work. Then John came to meet with our Job Readiness Coordinator who worked with him to craft his resume. She conducted and filmed mock interviews with him, followed by critique and suggestions.  When John was given a chance at a part time position as a concierge at a high end condominium, something clicked for him.  He proved himself to be reliable and trustworthy and the residents thought very highly of him and his quality of work. Soon his supervisors were taking notice. John was offered a full time, permanent job and now he is very proud of the way that he is providing for his family. He has aspirations for bigger and better things –moving into building management, as well as home ownership.


Janice, Constance, and Laurie are all employed in rewarding work, but each has wanted to improve her employment picture. With the support of the Hope and a Home staff, Janice gained the confidence to advocate for herself and receive a significant raise in her administrative job. Constance performs at a high level in her work with the motor vehicles department and has learned how to negotiate for her, which has led to several promotions since coming into Hope and a Home. Laurie was working  part time in a dental hygiene program. While there she made good connections with a dental hygiene instructional program at a local university’s dental school – where she’s now employed on a full time basis.


We are very excited about these Hope and a Home parents who not only are moving forward to secure brighter futures for themselves, but also to position themselves to establish stable homes where they can nurture their families.  


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Hope and a Home, Inc.

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.hopeandahome.org/​
Hope and a Home, Inc.
Project Leader:
Lynn French
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States

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