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When Jeff found himself homeless and at the Rescue Mission, he routinely met with Malcolm Dawes, his job coach. Malcolm provided Jeff and each participant of the Willing to Work program with one-on-one career counseling to increase their success rate for securing and retaining jobs, ultimately enhancing their quality of life and preventing a return to homelessness. The job coach provides each participant with skill assessments, ongoing life skill classes and access to employment opportunities and permanent housing. When a participant finds employment, Malcolm continues to support them through the challenges they may encounter in their new environment.

Willing to Work has far exceeded its initial program objectives. In its first year, 91% of the participants acquired job-readiness skills and 61 participants obtained employment. Jeff attributes the support he received from his Job Coach as the key to his new-found independence. A Community Foundation grant helped cover the costs of the job coaching program, making it Where the Smart Money Gives Back.