Vocational Development at City Union Mission, also known as “Mission Works”, is an integrated, essential part of the overall programming for participants in our long-term programs.
Mission Works is designed to make our participants “work ready”, so they may live a secure independent life. We want to take them off the path of living job-to-job and paycheck-to-paycheck and instead have a career that provides livable income and benefits, allowing them to be a productive contributor in their work, community, home and church.
The path to Work Readiness consists of four elements, each designed to develop education, skills and attributes to help them find stable, meaningful employment.
- Core Education— We provide paths for our participants to complete a high school education and develop quantitative and reading literacy, as well as business and computer skills. This greatly increases their ability to find and sustain employment.
- Vocational Training— Most jobs require at least some measure of technical training or skills, even for introductory positions. Our in-house or partner-provided training helps develop baseline competencies that open the door to a variety of skilled trades.
- Work Experience— Many jobs prefer candidates to have prior work experience of some sort in the field. Trades Camp, offered at The Harbor in Warsaw, provides a short-term, focused introduction to a new skill or trade. Workforce Academy, offered at our Lexington Ave. facility, provides longer, more in-depth training leading to employment readiness at an entry level.
- Career Development— Reentering the workplace and navigating the modern online application process can be intimidating to anyone, especially for those who have experienced homelessness, are recovering from substance abuse, or are justice-involved. We help them develop a realistic career trajectory and plan, develop skills in resume building, writing applications, and interviewing, and provide support and assistance in the job search process and as they begin their new career.