Employment Readiness

Middle-aged Employment Readiness Participant Finds a Job

Mrs. C. is a great example of the many middle-aged and senior participants whom we serve in Employment Readiness. Mrs. C. is in her mid-50’s and has worked several jobs that lasted for many years. Unfortunately, she was laid off from her most recent job and was having a difficult time finding work on her…
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Life Lessons

Bob Dillon is a star volunteer at United Ministries, helping out in the Employment Readiness, Learning Center, and GED Programs. Over the last three years, Bob has forged relationships with United Ministries participants, allowing them to become more comfortable in the programs and also improve their life skills. Bob joined the Employment Readiness team in…
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Always Keep Trying

Melissa worked for fourteen years as a teaching aide for special needs children in northern Virginia. After Melissa’s husband was transferred to South Carolina, Melissa learned that she would be required to complete the WorkKeys® test to be eligible for employment with the Greenville County School District. Melissa completed the test on her own, but…
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Overcoming and Thriving

For the past year, United Ministries’ Employment Readiness program has partnered with Miracle Hill Ministries’ Overcomers program to provide employment assistance to the men in the program who are working to overcome addictions. Overcomers’ participants often join Employment Readiness and begin looking for work during the fourth and final stage of the recovery program. Some…
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When Motivation Meets Opportunity

Tammy Wilson says that it was a humbling experience coming to United Ministries for help, because she wasn’t sure if she’d receive any. Her husband had lost his job, and his income was primary in the household. She came to United Ministries Emergency Assistance program for help paying their power bill, and as part of…
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Encouragement for Life Change

Holly is a charming, ambitious young woman who came to United Ministries’ Employment Readiness Program after turning her life around from a lifestyle that nearly killed her. Getting involved with the drug culture in college caused her life to spiral out of control. She dropped out of school, got into bad relationships, and became more…
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Positive Attitude Pays Off

Matt is a great example of how a positive attitude and a very strong work ethic can pay off. He held several jobs in the concrete business before starting his own business. Unfortunately, he did not have a lot of training in how to run a business, and he struggled with the administrative side, such…
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Job Training and Matched Savings

Claire, who was recently divorced when she first came to United Ministries, is the mother of two children.  She and her children had just moved into a rental house, and Claire needed a new career. She had always been interested in the medical field and decided to pursue certified nursing assistant (CNA) training as a…
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Pursuing Financial Stability Through Education

Asked recently what I do for a living, I offered up that I teach the GED. “Oh, so you work with the drop-outs. The bad kids”, my questioner clarified. “NO!” I said emphatically. “That’s not who I work with at all.” I work with Monica, a teenager forced to quit school to help with the…
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Work Keys

The Learning Center has added another component to our programs.  In addition to GED preparation and employment readiness, we are now offering a free WorkKeys program.  We desire to equip students/job-seekers with the skills and credentials needed to obtain a job.  With many employers in the upstate requiring WorkKeys, it helps to connect our clients…
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