When You Want to Propose But…

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     When he came to us in June, Adam* was out of full-time work for four years. He was picking up a few consulting jobs but it was not the same as full-time employment. Well educated and experience in IT, Adam was now depressed, lacking self-confidence and worn out from trying. For three years, he wanted to propose marriage to his girlfriend, but without a job, he wouldn’t do it. Through our services, Adam had access to open positions, the training he needed to find work and the transforming support of staff and volunteers who believed in him. By mid-August, he was working full time.
     Last night I was offered the position as an IT Support Technician and I gracefully accepted it. I am so happy I’m finally going back to work!!! I want to Thank God for this Blessing!!! because without him this would have never happened and I never would have found your organization. You showed me the proper way to get a job and provided encouragement, prayer and support, instilling the confidence I needed to get this position. You believed in me when I had nearly given up on myself.

 

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When All is Lost, Who Stands with YOU?

Yvonne’s Story 

thumbnail“I don’t think I belong here,” said Yvonne with tears in her eyes.    It was her first day at Christian HELP’s CFJI job training course.

“I feel very uncomfortable and want to leave.”

Yvonne had been unemployed for many years and felt unsure of herself and her ability to be of value to anyone.  Many times during the seven-day CFJI course, she wanted to quit. When the day arrived for the participants to practice their interview skills, Yvonne was more unsure of herself than ever before.

One of our trainers noticed her anxiety and decided right then and there to pray. Yvonne made the decision to push forward and to finish the class.  And boy, are we happy that she did!
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The last day of the class Yvonne seemed like a new person. Even her family noticed a changed!  She then attended our CFEC Job Fair and used the skills she learned in class to network, something she never would have had the confidence to do before!

We are happy to announce Yvonne applied for a job at our Job Fair and was offered a position!

Won’t you JOIN US as we work to provide Central Floridians with Hope Encouragement Love and Prayer!  Visit us at HERE to find out more about Christian HELP and how you can partner with us!

 

 

Thirty-One Days of Giving

Do you love to shop? Imagine being able to shop and give back at the same time!

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Gege is someone who knows Christian HELP well. She has been both a client and a supporter. In 2010, Gege lost her job and came to Christian HELP to receive help with her job search. Three years later her husband lost his job after seven years with the same company. Once again, they turned to Christian HELP.

Today, Gege is employed full-time at a bank and works as an Independent Thirty-One Consultant. Gege now wants to GIVE BACK!

 

For every item that you purchase through Thirty-One in the month of August, Christian HELP will receive 25% of the sale!

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Do you love to shop? Imagine being able to shop and give back to Christian HELP at the same time! Whether you are looking for a new beach tote for yourself, new lunch boxes for the kids, or the perfect gift for that someone special in your life, Thirty-One is the place to shop.

It’s easy click HERE to start giving back!

 

 

How Did You Spend Your Summer?

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This blog entry was written by Nick, a Seminole County high school student doing a one-month internship at Christian HELP.

I work at Christian HELP as a high school intern.  I had two main goals in mind when applying for the internship; to learn what a full-time work schedule feels like, and to develop an understanding of professional communications and relations.

“But of course, God did this and immeasurably more than I could have imagined in this job.”

Christian HELP provides me with the ability to help reveal God’s purpose in the lives of others- a rather fulfilling job, to say the least.  In addition, I’ve had the blessing of seeing the clients and what they learn through the Central Florida Jobs Initiative program. Every one of them leaves the classes feeling far more equipped to find their purpose in the workplace.

“The staff has been a blessing as well, teaching me the importance of building relationships with others and depending on the Lord in the workplace without sacrificing a professional attitude.”

 As a student that tends to get very serious when work needs to be done, this is an invaluable lesson for me.  I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of such an amazing organization.

 

 

 

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People come to Christian HELP for a variety of reasons. Sometimes people simply need someone to sit down with them and encourage them in their job search, but more often than not, people are out of work and need help actually finding a job, as well as help putting food on the table.

When our clients visit us, we asked them to dress up like they are attending a job interview. We want them to know that we take this seriously and that they should too! Recently, a man came to our office dressed very professionally.  After working closely with one of our Care Managers, the man proceeded to the pantry to receive the food that would sustain him and his family through his job search.  Ron, one of our longest standing volunteers, did what he always does. He pushed the shopping cart around to all of the different refrigerators and started filling the bags with food.  Once the cart was full, he wheeled it out to the man and started packing it into his car.

The man was so shocked by the amount of food and the quality of service that he assumed there must be a price attached. Ron could see the worry on the man’s face and when the man asked how much he owed, Ron said, “It was free”. The man couldn’t believe that he not only received assistance finding a job, but he also received food for his family.  Ron told the man, “When your life gets better, remember how you were once in need and someone helped you.  Go and do the same!”

Our hope and prayer at Christian HELP is that the people who receive our services will do just that. Go and do the same.  Because of corporations like Duke Energy who generously donate to support our pantry, we are able to provide assistance to those in need and challenge them to go and do the same!

 

Go and Do the Same…

Now What? When Experience Is Not Enough.

 

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Robbin has spent the last two decades of her life serving our country. She retired from the Army in 2013 after 22 years of faithful service.  She thought the skills and experience she acquired as well as her tour overseas would give her a “leg-up” once she returned to civilian life. She never imagined the difficulties she would experience on her journey to find a job.

“At every interview, even though I had the experience, I was told I needed a piece of paper, a degree.”

Robbin went back to school but found it challenging to find a job that could sustain her while she furthered her education. Robbin crossed paths with Christian HELP at one of our CFEC Job Fairs.  She got connected with our CFJI Job Training Program.  Although she had received job training skills from both the VA and UCF, she learned a whole new set of skills at Christian HELP.

“Christian HELP gave me a reality check. They prepared me for job seeking in the real world. Why didn’t anyone teach me this stuff before?”

Robbin graduated from UCF with a degree in Sociology and she is now working full-time!

Robbin, we are so proud of you and we are grateful for the service you have provided to ensure the freedom of so many around the world.