The Mustard Seed Employment Program supports unemployed individuals in finding sustainable job opportunities, while also helping businesses and other organizations to meet their staffing requirements.
Our Employment Coaches interact with community participants who face barriers to employment. We take the time to learn about their work & life history, identify & develop strengths and skills, and set goals for the future. Participants are then assisted in creating resumes, writing cover letters, applying for jobs, and practicing interview skills. Through workshops and in conjunction with partner organizations, we also help to develop general workplace skills and offer job-specific training and certification opportunities. Furthermore, The Mustard Seed also offers work experience programs which help individuals to gain confidence and prepare for market employment.
The Employment Program’s focus is on equipping participants with the skills to be successful in both the job search and the workplace, as well as empowering them to achieve greater independence.
“The insights and coaching from The Mustard Seed Employment Program served as an invaluable lynchpin in furthering my chances to obtain the employment that I was aiming for. The Employment Coach took the proper time and care to get to know me as a person and my employment objectives, and she tailored her coaching style to my employment needs. She was wonderful in guiding and coaching me from start to finish, beginning with a proper resume to a mock interview and finally in obtaining the job that were favorable to my strengths and skill set. She also provided follow-up services to ensure my employment situation went well after I began. I would recommend their employment program to anyone looking to seek and maintain meaningful work.”
About the employment Program
A person’s employment status has a significant impact on one’s wellbeing, happiness, and quality of life. Beyond the financial aspect, having a job also brings daily structure, pride, purpose, and relationships. From a community perspective,
employment has a significant impact on reducing homelessness, poverty, relapse, recidivism, and reliance on government assistance.
Many people experiencing homelessness and poverty face significant barriers to employment. Often, they may lack marketable skills, recent experience, or necessary certifications. They may not know how to write a resume or have the confidence to go for an interview. They may not have a phone for job call backs or reliable internet access to check for emails from potential employers. Even after a successful interview, their lack of professional references or, for some, their criminal record may become obstacles.
By building relationships with community members, The Mustard Seed Employment Program learns about each individual’s needs, strengths, and desires, then supports them in navigating the job search process and addressing the barriers they may face in re-entering the workforce. The Employment Centre offers a range of services including one-on-one coaching, group workshops, training referrals, and more. Successes along the way—both big and small—are acknowledged and celebrated.
Confidence is built. Individuals are empowered. Hope is restored.
Our 2021 Impact
- 268 clients placed into sustainable employment.
- 109 clients sent for job training.
- Over 580 resumes written.
- Over 350 workwear items distributed (i.e. boots, jackets, and hard hats).
“Words cannot express how grateful I am that programs like these exist. These services have helped me move on from a very dark point in my past and once again become a functioning, contributing member of society and continue to help me succeed. Thanks for everything.”
About The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed is a non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty. Serving Calgary and Edmonton for over 35 years and with several community hubs across the cities, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence with services including wellness advocacy, chaplaincy, housing, food supports, and more. As necessary, participants of the employment program may be referred to these other services to encourage their holistic wellbeing.
Searching for a job is stressful for most people. It can be even more challenging for those who have been unemployed for a lengthy period, are looking to change careers, have never written a resume, do not have the required certification for
their intended position, or are unsure of what to expect in an interview.
The Mustard Seed’s Employment Coaches are available to help answer these questions and provide guidance to individuals seeking to return to the workforce.
The approach that the Employment Centre takes is to empower individuals to discover their own path and to build up the skills to overcome obstacles as they arise. The coach supports and cheers on the participants as they become more self-sufficient.
The Mustard Seed Employment Program supports each participant according to their needs. From the initial conversation onward, an Employment Coach will work with individuals to determine where they are at in their employment journey, identify
goals, and build an action plan outlining practical steps to finding employment. Coaches develop relationships with clients, hold them accountable to their goals, and help find solutions to overcome challenges that may arise.
Workshops & Training
We offer training opportunities aimed at increasing their self-efficacy in the job search process. Our hope is to see individuals become self-sufficient in crafting their resumes, applying for jobs & networking, and developing strategies to stand out with potential employers. While these workshops are focused primarily on increasing job search and employment skills, they also have practical life applications as we discuss goal setting, boundaries, communication, and listening. With the support of a few generous partners, we are also able to connect participants with safety tickets and other training opportunities that may be required for employment.
Some training opportunities are currently paused. Please check back or contact us for course details and schedules.
Every individual has unique needs when it comes to the job search process. While some may need ongoing supports, others may simply have a question, want a resume template, need access to a computer, or require workwear and personal protective equipment. Whatever the challenge, we try to assist individuals either directly or by directing towards other resources in the community. We would be happy to hear from you and see how we might be able to assist you in finding or maintaining employment.
The Mustard Seed supports the whole person: physically, through meeting basic needs like food, shelter and clothing; emotionally, through counselling and relationships; financially, through income support programs; and spiritually, through counselling and prayer support. Given the breadth of the organization, Employment Coaches will be able to refer participants to other Mustard Seed teams or staff to provide them with holistic, wrap-around supports.
“The Mustard Seed Employment Program helped me with my resume and supported me on my journey with finding a job and encouraged me to keep going. The Employment Coach got so excited when I told her that I finally got a job. The Coach has supported me throughout my achievements, and we communicate with each other to this day. If you are thinking about going through this program, you will be very glad you did. They helped me, and they can help you too.”
Calgary Employment Program
102 11 Avenue SE
Virtual and In-Person Appointments Available
Business & Partners
The Mustard Seed Employment Program serves individuals re-entering the job market. Many participants have a wealth of experience in job fields such as customer service, construction, food service, general labour, janitorial, retail,
skilled trades, warehouse, and more.
While some may have lost their jobs more recently, others have been out of work for several months or even years due to circumstances beyond on their own control. Due to the gap in employment and its underlying reasons, the challenge of finding a dignified and sustainable job is magnified.
Our participants, however, are motivated to return to work and eager to learn. The Mustard Seed Employment Program prepares individuals for a smooth reintegration into the workforce through one-on-one sessions with a dedicated Employment Coach, training opportunities focused on soft skill development and job-specific certifications, and work experience programs to rebuild daily routines, confidence, and stamina. They are now ready to make a meaningful contribution to your workplace!
Hire a Participant
Find the right candidate for your job vacancy by adding a new recruitment pipeline and building your brand as an employer of choice. We would love to learn about your organization and staffing needs. We will then only refer participants who
match your requirements for consideration. There is no cost for this service, nor is there any obligation to hire our referrals as we are looking to facilitate a connection where your organization and the participant mesh well.
Even after a participant is hired, we will continue to support the individual for up to three months to help manage the transition and ensure the relationship is mutually beneficial for your organization and the new employee.
“The Mustard Seed Employment Program has given me the opportunity to work with and learn from different people. The coaches showed by word and deed that showing up every day and striving to do your best will give you the skills that employers
value. It has taught me that soft skills like communication are very important and can be improved upon. Because of the program, my confidence in who I am and what I can achieve has grown by leaps and bounds. The Employment Coaches have
been there with genuine support and encouragement from day one and I can’t thank them enough.”
This is a Edmonton and Calgary program