Many residents at Open House Ministries need help developing or learning basic work skills, building résumés and finding employment or educational opportunities. They do this with case managers and a job coach.
On-site work opportunities
Residents who qualify can apply to our Career Preparedness Program that uses our on-site shops to help with employment basics. Work skills are gained at Wheel Deals bike shop and Secondhand Solutions, our thrift store. Residents receive one-on-one coaching with store managers and learn accountability in a vibrant and busy retail environment.
At Wheel Deals, residents receive bike mechanic training, retail skills and inventory management. At the thrift shop, residents learn merchandising research and retail skills.
The shops at Open House Ministries provide essential training to residents, preparing them for employment when they leave the shelter. They also support the shelter financially.
Residents are encouraged to use Open House Ministries’ computers to learn the basics of the Microsoft Office suite, as well as various internet and computer skills. Adults working in our shops also receive hands-on computer experience in a retail setting. Some candidates continue with more specialized training.
Nutrition and food basics for families
Through a program with AmeriCorps and Open House volunteers, residents meet once a week to learn basic nutrition, practical culinary skills and safe food handling. Students also receive instruction to help them obtain food-handlers certifications for employment in food-related jobs.
Every adult resident is required to participate in Giving Back, designed to take care of the house’s needs and emphasize the value of giving to your community.
When you become part of the Open House family, not only are you expected to take care of your home along with others, residents usually take great pride and ownership in doing so. Giving Back is planned and scheduled by our facilities manager. Jobs include a variety of tasks most of us do in our own homes, from cleaning windows and mopping floors to painting walls and decorating.