Employment Program Celebrates its Clients

On December 18, The Mustard Seed hosted a Christmas dinner for clients in the Employment Program. The main floor of our downtown support centre bustled with clients and guests who came to enjoy a wonderful meal made with love.

The dinner was a true team effort. Members of the employment team, and some volunteers as well, prepared dishes and brought them in for a potluck-style dinner. They served 175 meals. They also gave out backpacks.

“We really wanted to end the year with something special for our clients,” says Jeremiah Smith, Employment Manager. “Many of them have started a new chapter of their life this year, and this is a way to show we’re right behind them.”

In 2015, 176 people found employment through the program. Coaches work hard to ensure that their clients are connected to positions that are sustainable and will facilitate positive life change.

Tony, who found employment through the job fair hosted by the employment team in November says if it weren’t for his coach, Doug, he wouldn’t have a job.

Tony was required to fill out an online application for the position. “I’m not really good with computers. The last time I had an email was seven, eight years ago so Doug helped me set up an email,” Tony says.

He now works as a Route Skipper with Cintas, delivering uniforms and facility services products to the company’s customers. “It’s good and it’s keeping me sober because I’m looking forward to my future, my past is gone,” Tony says.

Our employment coaches work with employers all over the city to connect people in great need of employment to sustainable job opportunities. If your organization is interested in being a part of our Employment Program, please email [email protected].