Helping the Unemployed

  • A job is the best way to end a cycle of poverty.   Many in our community are unemployed due to poor decisions or a criminal record.  Some have turned to addictions, because abusive relationships are shaping their lives. 

    If we don't help these struggling people get healthy, and give them work and an income, they will end right back where they started.  Citizens in Spokane can reach out to help others rebuild their lives from lives of homelessness, substance abuse and felony convictions.  Everyone deserves a second chance at life.

  • Many of the poor have a list of reasons they cannot work; and they have neither faith nor confidence in themselves, leaving little desire to try.  Then, be willing to employ him.   Research shows that the two most important elements an individual needs to keep from returning to jail are a job and a strong family connection.

  • “(Some people) think this country is fine…..but I don’t feel that way; because, hey, things aren't fine. We've got so many problems that we don't even want to look at them anymore. They just blend together in this great big noise, and pretty soon we can't even hear ourselves think; but, that's not even the worst part. The worst part is that we feel like we can't do anything about it; and that's a tragedy, because we can. We don't know where to start, maybe. Maybe that's what it is, but I have an idea of where we can start. From today, I am going to make it the responsibility of this government to find a job for every American who wants one.

    "Have you ever seen the look on somebody's face the day that they finally get a job?  I've had some experience with this.  They look like they could fly, and it's not about the paycheck.  It's about respect, it's about looking in the mirror and knowing that you have done something valuable with your day.  And if one person could start to feel that way, and then another person, and another person, then pretty soon all of these other problems we are facing may not seem so impossible.  You don't really know how much you can do, until you decide to stand up and try.  So, let's get to work."  (from the 1993 movie Dave, Kevin Kline speaking as U.S. President Mitchell)

Statistics
  • There are 50 million people living in poverty in the U.S., and only 40% of them have a job.  (Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund Director, "On the Money," CBS This Morning, April 8, 2016)
What You Can Do
  • If you have an acquaintance that is unemployed, encourage the person to talk about it.  Networking is an important step in finding work. 
  • Help build self-worth by giving a person an opportunity to work. 
  • Micro-Loans.   Help provide an income for the unemployed by creating a micro-economy to pull people out of poverty and welfare.  Micro-loans is a concept of giving small sums to poor people to start businesses—which loan they pay back, and it is re-loaned to another individual.  For many people, the only thing that stands between unemployment and employment is opportunity.  Many who are unemployed have become discouraged, leaving them with neither faith nor confidence in themselves and little desire to try.  Build a relationship with a person, build his confidence, and give him a loan to learn a skill or create his own business with his talents.  As he pays back the loan, that money can be given to another person to learn a skill or start a business.  
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Entry Level Jobs
(Jobs in all States)
Entry level jobs generally require little-to-no previous experience to gain employment.
http://www.entryleveljobs.net/

Next Generation Zone

901 E Second #100
Spokane, WA  99202
(509) 340-7800
jennim@nextgenzone.org 
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm
http://www.nextgenzone.org/
A career center for young adults, combining education, career skills training, community and employment resources in one place. 

Washington Unemployment Claims Center
1-800-318-6022