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 for our Career Preparedness program that uses our on-site shops to help with employment basics. Work skills are gained at Wheel Deals Bicycles 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.
Every adult resident is required to participate in Giving Back, a program designed to take care of the house’s needs and emphasize the value of giving to your community. We find that residents usually take great pride and ownership in taking care of the shelter along with others.
Giving Back is planned and scheduled by our facilities manager, and 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.