All This is From God

Glen with his WorkFaith instructor, Deborah Smith.

Glen with his WorkFaith instructor, Deborah Smith.

At WorkFaith, one of the great privileges we have is hearing our workshop participants’ stories. Glen’s story is one that we are privileged to know, and now be a small part of. Glen recently entered a different world after spending over 23 years in prison. Glen was directed to a WorkFaith workshop where our staff was able to walk alongside him, sharing up-to-date information to help him in his job search. We believe that Glen has skills and abilities given by God and desire to equip him to use those skills as he works. Glen is now working two part-time jobs and working towards obtaining a full-time position. What we learned from Glen’s story is that we serve a God who is in the business of re-entry. We are convinced that God’s heart is to see people restored and reconciled to Him no matter the challenges that they are facing, and we are also convinced that He has asked us to step into places where we are able to walk alongside individuals with stories like Glen’s. Because, we believe that all of this from God.

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Celebrating FIVE YEARS of empowering lives through work & faith!

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Since launching WorkFaith workshops in March of 2014, God has sustained this ministry through faithful volunteers, donors, partners and clients. We are celebrating all that he has done in the last five years. 

  • More than 700 WorkFaith graduates 

  • 87 workshops in multiple locations across Birmingham

  • 80 percent of clients have obtained employment after graduation

  • More than 100 volunteers have served WorkFaith clients

  • Key partnerships with The Lovelady Center and The Salvation Army

  • Over 150 employers have hired WorkFaith graduates

  • Over 275 individual, church and corporate donors have given nearly $1.5 million to empower WorkFaith clients

In addition, every graduate has learned about God's good design, the problem of brokenness in the world, and God's restoration plan for their lives.  

Read the rest of the March newsletter here.

Highlights from 2018 and goals for 2019

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What God Did in 2018...

Because of God's faithfulness in 2018, WorkFaith empowered 241 individuals with interview skills, quality resumes, career development, confidence, and the Gospel. 

  • 67 graduates at The Salvation Army

  • 162 graduates at The Lovelady Center

  • 12 graduates in additional classes

God also added to the WorkFaith team last year with the addition of four new board members, and both an Executive Director and a Director of Client Resources.
 
Plans for WorkFaith in 2019...

This year WorkFaith is pursuing some important goals to better serve Birmingham. These plans include:

  • Launching an aftercare initiative to empower graduates to overcome common barriers. 

  • Expanding career possibilities through new employer partnerships. 

  • Increasing local church involvement through Empower 50 and volunteer opportunities.

We hope you will consider partnering with us in 2019 as we seek to empower individuals in Birmingham through work and faith. 

Click here to see the rest of our February eblast.

Graduate Highlight: Leonard, Class 81

Leonard on graduation day with his instructor, Deborah Smith.

Leonard on graduation day with his instructor, Deborah Smith.

My name is Leonard Dwarn Carver. I am a 48 year old father of four. I am originally from New York, but grew up on various military bases both abroad and domestically before joining the military myself. I was a troubled young man from a dysfunctional and unstable family life that left me unequipped to be a man. Getting into trouble with the law at an early age, I spent all of my 20s in prison. Not getting out until the age of 32, I never attended school outside of a correctional facility. After getting out of prison in February 2000, I didn’t go back to prison, but I hopped from job to job never staying at any job more than three years. During this time, I continued to get involved in one bad relationship after another that negatively influenced my decision making and caused me to make some very poor choices in my life.

Eighteen years later, I found myself in yet another failed marriage with an addict and unemployed yet again. I heard about WorkFaith Birmingham and decided to attend the class after hearing that they help ex-felons find work. It looked like I would fail.  In the first few days I lost my wife and kids and almost lost the roof over my head.

If not for Pastor Andy Blake coming to my home and talking with me when I had thoughts of suicide, Shanavia Moore listening to my troubles and offering advice on my legal and health issues, and Mrs. Deborah Smith sharing her testimony with me when I was ready to quit, I would now be dead or in jail.

Instead, this class made me feel like I wasn’t alone and filled me with a new confidence and sense of purpose that I hadn't had in years! Helping me actually see my police report/background let me know it wasn’t as bad as I had thought all these years. By the end of this class, instead of hopeless I am hopeful. Instead of depressed, I am determined. Not perfect, but definitely in a better place than when I started. I am forever grateful and indebted to this Workfaith Birmingham team here at the Salvation Army.

Click here to watch a video of Leonard sharing his testimony at his WorkFaith graduation.


Give the gift of WORTH

We love hearing about how God is using WorkFaith to change lives and instill worth in individuals as they are empowered through work and faith. In the video below, WorkFaith graduate, Brenda, shares about how her life has been impacted through this ministry. Rejoice with us at this story of transformation. We invite you to prayerfully consider joining us in empowering individuals to enjoy God’s good design for their lives.

WorkFaith Instructor, Tamika Holmes, interviews Class 33 graduate, Brenda, about how she has been empowered through WorkFaith Birmingham.