In his book Every Good Endeavor, author Timothy Keller reveals that “according to the Bible, we don’t merely need the money from work to survive; we need the work itself to survive and live fully human lives.”
We were all built for work and the dignity it gives us as human beings, but for many folks in our community, their work is frustrating and unfulfilling as they struggle to survive, with no hope for the future. A recent study by the United Way of Florida reveals that 44% of working families in Florida don’t make enough money to pay for basic monthly necessities and that many of them are qualified for public assistance. (United Way ALICE Report)
That’s why we offer the 12-week LifeWorks course at four training sites in Orange County, facilitated by teams of volunteers from our network of church and business partners; volunteers like Randy Sullins, pictured above with his two students from the Spring 2017 class:
“Volunteering as a Job’s Partnership Coach has been a truly rewarding experience. As a Sales & Marketing veteran, the JP program has provided me with an opportunity to share my professional experiences and to help others build their career path. The 12-week program is designed to help the students identify their career interest and to develop the necessary job skills to be successful. The structured program provides for “one on one” Student / Coach discussions. As a coach, I have been able to share my professional experiences. What I soon realized was that I was also growing. I often returned home after the weekly class INSPIRED! Looking back on my volunteer experience my Christian faith was strengthened. The following scripture passage best recaps my experience as a JP Coach – “For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give–large or small–will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Luke 6:38″
Would you like to connect your work to God’s work by serving as a volunteer at the Jobs Partnership? We are recruiting Coach’s for both the Fall and Spring LifeWorks classes – Click Here to learn more and sign up as a volunteer and see how God uses you in the lives of our students!
Pictured above L to R: Mark Matuszek, Randy Sullins (JP Coach), Robert Hector