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 an on-site 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 Second Hand 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 serve us in many ways. Their proceeds help support the shelter and jobs in them provide essential training to residents, preparing them for employment when they leave the shelter.
Residents are encouraged to utilize on-site computers to learn the basics of the Microsoft Office Suite, among 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 Give Back. That’s our community service program. Working within the shelter and with outside collaborative partners, residents give back to the community. Some of these jobs include providing services to the elderly and disabled, working with local businesses and nonprofit organizations or participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program.