unemployment can tear apart families and lead to deep poverty and homelessness.
EMPLOYMENT — THE BEST WAY TO MOVE BEYOND POVERTY
Employment is essential in order to achieve self-sufficiency. Living wage employment strengthens families, provides stability, allows permanent housing to be obtained and sustained, and increases a child’s educational achievement.
At St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, we serve many low income individuals with significant barriers to employment. In order to help them find living wage employment, we offer assessment, career counseling, tutoring, job readiness courses, skills training, referrals, and assistance in locating and applying for jobs.
Our goal is to provide employment services that help both the unemployed and underemployed secure long-term employment that provides, or has the potential to provide, a living wage. Our training programs teach adults to be valuable employees, overcome barriers, develop skills, and establish a career path with growth potential.
Our drop-in employment resource program for adults experiencing unemployment or underemployment located at our St. Vincent de Paul flagship Career Center in Park Heights, and the Beans & Bread Center. The program provides job preparedness (resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, job identification and application) and job leads and linkages to employment programs, internships and skills training programs. Job readiness courses provide training focused on conflict resolution, reliability, and efficiency skills, and has proven especially important in helping hard to employ individuals develop the jobs skills they need to flourish in new careers.
A no charge program that provides applicants with extensive food service skills as well as the opportunity to obtain the ServSafe Food Handlers Certificate and the ServSafe Manager’s Certification. This intensive 15 week program is integrated with our KidzTable social enterprise, a production kitchen providing over four thousand quality meals to head start programs, daycares, shelters, and after school programs throughout the Baltimore area daily. Intensive job placement assistance is provided for all graduates.
Our programs alleviating unemployment include:
Drop-in employment resource program located at our St. Vincent de Paul flagship Career Center in Park Heights, and the Beans & Bread Center.
Our 15 week skills training program in the food service industry.
At Next Course James learned food safety, storage, costing, and preparation, as well as good customer service and employee management. James has held several jobs in the food service industry since graduating from the program.
“Next Course changed my life. It gave me the essential skills I needed to become highly employable in the food service industry and make a good, solid wage.” - James