Our team at Alabaster Jar Project recognizes that employment is an absolutely necessary step towards a survivor’s independence. Not only will good jobs provide them with with financial independence; it will also inspire confidence and instill a purpose in our women. We do our part with our residents at Grace House by encouraging them to enroll in job readiness courses.
A class offered by the local community college offers three sessions of training that encompasses all they need to rejoin the work force. They are taught how to prepare a resume and cover letter as well as interview techniques and simulations among other necessary tools for job searching. One of our current residents has completed this program with success and had a positive experience, so now three more residents are currently enrolled.
Even with obtaining all the necessary job skills from this class, some survivors are still left with no useable work history or professional references, no recent job experience, and nothing to put on a resume for a future employer. For this reason, we also encourage our residents at Grace House to engage in volunteer work. This provides them with work experience, job skills, and work history that will help them fill out their resume.
Three of our residents are active volunteers at local organizations, including the community garden and a local medical clinic, and are gaining invaluable experience that will help them towards future employment, and therefore, true independence.
Sabrina* is a graduate of Grace House, and while she was participating in our residential program, she volunteered at a local church as an administrative assistant for several months, picking up skills that she could use towards future employment. Soon, she was sending out her resume with professional references from the church and found a job that she still works today, over a year later. “Having a full time job has allowed me to be completely independent,” Sabrina states. “I am able to afford all my living expenses and I have a sense of who I am now, outside of exploitation. I have a purpose and a new identity. I finally have the chance to see my full potential.”
Our team is dedicated to empowering all of our survivor sisters so they can truly stand on their own two feet once they leave our program. This involves facilitating our drop-in community resource center and long-term residential program and using those outlets to encourage and inspire our survivors to gain independence. Our survivors are all working hard towards their goals of education and employment. We simply provide the stepping stones to turn their survival into revival