Women are now the sole or co-breadwinner in 3 out of 5 American families, yet many find it increasingly difficult to earn enough wages to take care of their families. In order to succeed as a community and as a nation, we must find ways to ensure that women are able to support their families.
We believe that everyone should have the ability to build financial stability through the power of work. The success of our families and the health of our communities are dependent on each and every one of us having the opportunity to work.
WHAT IS THE BEYOND JOBS PROGRAM?
Funded by a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, Beyond Jobs helps women like Brenda find and keep good-paying jobs. This is accomplished through individualized career and financial planning services. Among the tools provided are:
- Ongoing financial education
- Family strengthening services
- Early education and child care assistance
- Connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives
Brenda Nealy entered the Beyond Jobs program at Goodwill Industries® of Greater Detroit (MI) in November 2010. Brenda had a troubled past, and needed new job skills. Working with a Beyond Jobs team member, Brenda developed a career plan that identified immediate changes she could make in her life that would help secure a more successful future.
Beyond Jobs also helped Brenda find a full-time job at Green Works Recycling, a subsidiary of the Detroit Goodwill. Today, Brenda continues to receive skills training and family support that aid her as she advances her career and supports her family.