How to Get a Job When You’re Living in Poverty

When we ring a bell, it meansthat somebody got the job. – This is not a party. This is work. – I’ll tell you what, we’renot a normal job shop. – Cara Chicago has cracked the code for stopping chronic unemployment. – I think that the Cara model works because we go after the whole person to focus on the new you. – Their job retentionrates are 20 points higher than the national average.

And so to be in a place wherepeople are loving up on you, and getting fired up by that, like, that is what we want forthe individuals we serve. We look at who they are as people before who they might become as professionals. That’s the magic of Cara right there. Our goal here is to make surethat individuals don’t just get jobs, but keep them for the longterm, and give them all the supportthey need to do just that. (cheering) We realize the skills in a classroom is only one dimensionof readiness for work.

Another thing that sets Cara apart from other programs is that they’ve built for profit businessesthat employ individuals in transitional jobsbefore they place them in more permanent ones. – We realized that wasthe missing ingredient. Right now, at this point in our journey, we’re at a thousand jobs per year. And then once people are placed, we stay with them for at leastthe first year of employment, but then for years beyond. – And their one yearretention rate is 70%. That’s 20 points higherthan the national average. – Our method is working here in Chicago.

We have this solutionthat we’re sitting on, and if there’s a way we could share it, so more Americans canget back to employment, then we absolutely should. And then something magical happened. We found a place that understood that it was doing everything but the jobs piece. (airplane flying) (chill music) So I can’t stop smilingthinking about this because Atlanta Missionbrings me great joy. Like, I love the team down there. They’re helping the same population, but they’re just not helping to mobilize them into employment.

We’re investing heavily onemotional, social, spiritual, physical side, but they need a job. – So with them, we’re sharing our method so that they can activateworkforce solutions, right in their own hometown. – I think one of the biggestthings that our people face, they’ll say this, I failed so many times. It’s easier to not try than to fail again. And so sometimes you’vegot to believe in somebody more than they believe in themselves to get them to take that first step. I think one of the biggestthings Cara does is it breathes we believe you can do this. And a job is a huge way to do that.

And so the abilitythrough this to give them a hope and a belief theycould be more is enormous. – What time is it? – [Crowd] Transformation time. – Cut that ribbon! – [Crowd] Cut thatribbon, cut that ribbon! (cheering) – Because of this partnership, Cara’s model will impact thousands more people experiencingpoverty in Atlanta. – We believe that we’re morelocksmiths than trainers. What I mean by that isthat everybody coming to us all ready has these amazing strengths and skills within them. Our job is just to unlock it. People believe that poverty is a choice, and that’s just not what we see.

We see people, moms and dads, and leaders in their own right that are coming to us saying,I want to get back to work. I just lack the accessand opportunity to do it. And the more we can do as a society to help people with thegrit and the tenacity to reenter the workforce, the better off we’re going to be to have a real shot at stopping that transfer ofpoverty to the next generation. Our vision is to fuel acourageous national movement to eradicate relationaland financial poverty. I believe that Cara can do that. – Thanks for watching. Cara’s unique model is transforming livesthrough lasting employment.here more stories of inspiring leaders who are catalysts for change in their communities.

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