As Union Mission stands on the front lines of the addiction crisis, we are seeing a greater need to help recovering addicts beyond the point of his or her addiction. How can we in good conscious help someone overcome addiction only to send them out with no practical tools to help keep them from falling back into destructive behaviors?
More than ever we see the need to help these men and women obtain the training, education, and skills required to not only find a job but build a career and a home that is free of abuse and addiction. Many of the people we serve don’t understand even the basic skills that we often take for granted—like how to balance a checkbook, use a computer, cook a meal, or appropriately care for their children. Addiction has robbed them of their ability to learn and grow in these areas.
Union Mission’s new Vocational Advancement Program has been developed to help our clients gain the necessary skills they need to return to society equipped to rebuild their lives. This program ranges from GED preparation and home-making skills to basic personal finances and how to ace a job interview.
But we cannot do this alone. There are many in the program eager to start this training but the mission needs your help!
We need volunteers to teach these courses. Don’t worry—you don’t need a PhD – you just need a willingness to serve and a desire to share what you have learned in your life and career. Class topics include (but aren’t limited to):
- GED Preparation Tutors (high school fundamentals of reading, writing, and math)
- Microsoft Office
- Career Planning
- Overcoming Fears
- Healthy Relationships
- Overcoming Barriers to Employment
- Resume Development
Classes run anywhere from 2 to 10 weeks and can be taught during the day or in the evenings depending on volunteer schedules.
If you are interested in helping in this new program or would like to receive information and updates on the progress of this new program, please use the form below to send us your contact info or call Carrie McClanahan at 304.925.0366 x 143.
Are you a business owner?
We are in need of local businesses that would be willing to partner with Union Mission in offering internships for men and women graduating from our programs. Being able to list business experience on a resume is a key factor in finding a job. If you have a business that would be interested in partnering with an internship opportunity, please contact Carrie McClanahan at 304.925.0366 x 143.