Overcoming Employment Barriers in Old Strathcona

When you don’t have a permanent address, phone number or even basic identification finding an employer that is willing to hire you is not likely to happen.

The day labour program which runs out of The Neighbour Centre helps individuals desperately in need of cash get around employment barriers that would otherwise take some time to overcome. The program provides individuals with immediate casual work in exchange for cash.

“The day labour program is very unique compared to other employment programs offered to individuals within Edmonton,” says Kris Knutson, Director of Programs at The Mustard Seed, “if an individual wants to work we should do our very best to give them that opportunity.”

Individuals who want to participate in this program simply need to show up to the centre on Tuesday afternoons during the Drop In and enter their name into the daily draw. If their name is selected they have the opportunity to work for the afternoon cleaning the surrounding community. At the end of the shift they are paid for their hard work and thanked for helping to make the community a better place. This scene is repeated weekly at The Neighbour Centre as we strive to provide opportunities for them to find purpose and belonging in our communities.

“At The Neighbour Centre we strive to give people a hand up and not just a hand out,” says Kris.