Having a stable job not only provides income that allows you to feed and house yourself, it also provides a sense of pride and self-worth. Imagine if all of this was taken away from you. For many in Baltimore, unemployment and underemployment have become a long term condition that can lead to deep poverty and homelessness. Shockingly enough, 18-24 year olds are the fastest growing population that are homeless.
Finding a job is not as easy as one may think. Many lack the readiness and skills to hold a job. Low education is another factor that can prevent someone from getting a job. Prior substance abuse, incarceration, health problems, and disabilities are all other factors.
At St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, we are committed to serving individuals who are facing some of these barriers and to providing them with the opportunities to gain sustainable employment and move toward developing a career. As we continue to embody Best Practices through the work we do, we make the following available through our Employment Navigator program:
- Build partnerships to offer a continuum of employment, training, and supportive services that can meet a wide range of needs.
- Immediately engage participants in employment, training, and supportive services.
- Prioritize job retention and reemployment services to support the longer-term success of rapid-rehousing participants.
Laura Starsoneck is St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore’s Director of Front Door, our rapid re-housing program. She recently attended the 2018 National Conference On Ending Family & Youth Homelessness conference that was designed to educate and raise awareness on the impact of homelessness on youth and young families. Helping rapid re-housing participants succeed in employment is essential to their long-term housing and financial security — and to truly ending family homelessness.