Jobs for Life
Joblessness attacks one’s very identity and dignity. Unemployment and underemployment lead to poverty, crime, homelessness, depression, substance abuse, and much more.
Since 2017, Restoring Hope Roanoke has been equipping local churches and organizations to offer Jobs for Life™ classes to tackle the problem of joblessness. Class participants learn a Biblical view of work and are empowered to overcome obstacles and get and keep meaningful work, learning alongside dedicated allies who help them succeed. Throughout the 8-week course, the focus of Jobs for Life™ is always on identity, character, and community.
When I was asked to become an ally with Jobs for Life in January 2020, I was intrigued by the chance to encourage a student as she bravely pursued new employment. But I suppose I was looking for something new, too. My life had accidentally become insular, juggling a full-time job, family and friends, church, hobbies, etc. I claim to care about helping others and investing in our community, but my calendar and activities don’t always match those values. Partnering with Jobs for Life gives me the privilege of supporting others as they enhance their skills and resources in securing desirable employment. I have participated in two Jobs for Life classes so far, and each one has been a gift in getting to know the students, learning their stories, celebrating their successes, and seeing them grow as they move toward new opportunities.
– Elizabeth M., Jobs for Life Ally in Roanoke
- What do students learn?
- Sponsor a class at your church or organization
- Serve as an ally, working one-on-one with a class participant
- Teach classes (training available)
- Serve in an administrative role for a class
- Provide meals or childcare
- Participate in a special class (local business panel; community resource panel; mock interviews)