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StepUp Ministry Helps 500+ Triad Adults Get & Maintain Jobs

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GREENSBORO - StepUp Ministry in Greensboro is celebrating its two-year anniversary by marking the expanding continuation of its services, which have helped more than 500 Triad adults prepare to enter and remain in the workforce.

According to executive director Rick Hurley, StepUp Ministry has served 599 adults, graduated 498 from its "Jobs Readiness" program and assisted more than 250 people in finding jobs.  Hurley said the "Jobs Readiness" training is based on a model that reports an 81 percent job retention after six months of work. 

The organization has 200 volunteers, eight religious partners and 64 employer partners in the Triad. Hurley said those partners are receptive to hiring individuals--many with criminal backgrounds--who have been trained by StepUp Ministry.  Hurley said the yearly costs of providing job training to individuals who have been incarcerated for minor offenses is cheaper and more effective than keeping them in prison.

"We have had incredible support for StepUp Ministry Greensboro's programs.   I have heard from our 64 employer partners who appreciate well-prepared job candidates and from our participants who have gained the confidence and skills to step into those available jobs and do well," Hurley said.

The one-week "Jobs Readiness" program is a 36-hour job training week in which participants learn basic job skills needed to attain and maintain stable employment.  It includes a job networking class, vocational training and an apprenticeship program.  This program is a qualifying class for a year-long, four-phase "Life Skills" program in which participants learn personal and relational development, goal setting, financial literacy, career development and credit restoration.

Hurley said the end objective for program participants is for them to get jobs that are 30 hours a week and pay $15 an hour with benefits. 

StepUp Ministry is hosting an open house Tuesday night from 5:15 to 6:15 at its location at 707 North Greene Street.  It also currently is accepting applications for its next "Jobs Readiness" program, which runs Oct. 7 through Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants must be 21 to 55 years of age, have a picture ID and social security card, in order to be considered. They also must pass a drug test and be both three months substance-free and four months domestic violence-free.  Applicants must register, in advance.  Call 336-676-5871 to register or e-mail rhurley@stepupministry.org.

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