Overcoming Barriers through Hardwork

Charles entered the Employment Readiness Program at United Ministries in October of 2018 as a co-participant in the Miracle Hill Overcomers Program. Charles worked previously in small engine repair and was interested in returning to this field of work after completing his rehabilitation through Miracle Hill. Some of Charles’s initial goals included finding a job…
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Building a Future – Devlin’s Story

Devlin joined Employment Readiness in June 2017 after serving 14 years in prison for a drug charge. He was already working full-time when he first came to United Ministries, but Devlin had goals beyond simple employment, and he liked the holistic approach of Employment Readiness. He wanted to start his post-incarceration journey by improving his…
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Off and Biking

When Garrett joined the Employment Readiness Program, he was new to the area. He moved from Atlanta to Greenville in order to complete the Miracle Hill Overcomer’s Program. Over the course of several months, he worked diligently to complete the Overcomer’s Program while he worked with his Employment Counselor to address barriers to employment. One…
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Dentist Helps Others by Providing Transformative Dental Work

Dr. Joseph Holliday, DMD, of Holliday Dental, P.A. is a longtime dentist in the Greenville community and a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.  His clients happen to include three different members of the United Ministries staff!   Over the past few years, Dr. Holliday has twice provided free restorative dental services to participants…
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Back on Track

When Joseph joined the Employment Readiness Program, he was living at the Greenville Rescue Mission and setting his life on a new path after a struggle with alcohol addiction. He was working as a dishwasher at a local restaurant and managed to complete United Ministries’ four-day employability skills class around his work schedule. He hit…
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Meeting Life Goals

When Bryan showed up at United Ministries’ Employment Readiness program in August 2016, he was in the sixth month of the seven-month Miracle Hill Overcomers residential addiction recovery program. What stood out that first day was the simplicity of Bryan’s “life goal” that he was asked to share with the group; he said that in…
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Recent GED Graduate Motivated by New Program that Provides Jobs

Amber Carver says that during her recent journey, she has gone from having nothing to having something. When Amber was in 11th grade, she was making good grades and on track for graduation. When her mom unexpectedly became ill, Amber stayed home to care for her. She missed too many days of school and didn’t…
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Income Generation Provides Pathway to Stability

“Sometimes there is no support system; it’s just you and your grind,” Karen Tisdale says this is one of her favorite quotes. A lot of people she knows are struggling financially, so she says it’s up to you to change your situation and to make it what you want it to be. And that is…
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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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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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