Faith-based group helps jobless find work
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Bridge Community, a new faith-based ministry in Cadiz, see unemployment as an issue still affecting so many, and want to help people find jobs.

Starting in February, they are holding free “Jobs for Life” classes, with an orientation from 10 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at their office on 16 Court St., next to H.B. Quinn’s office.

Chris Childers has been working at the Hopkinsville YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) for roughly the last year. He said that while they do good work, there isn’t enough outreach to those in need in neighboring counties, so he and others started looking at forming a ministry in Cadiz about six months ago.

“We made the decision, myself and few others, to develop a non-profit organization … a faith-based ministry that reaches out to the rural areas surrounding Hopkinsville and Christian County,” Childers said.

After the orientation, classes will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at their office on Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight weeks. Childers, who works with the ministry, said that after the class is over, people will be referred to businesses in the area, and ministry members will help them find jobs that “meet their interests and skill levels.”

A flyer delivered by the group states that the classes will talk about career objectives, interviewing skills, resume building, customer satisfaction, overcoming fear, conflict resolution, employer expectations, communication, attitude and other subjects.

Childers calls the program “holistic,” and says it also deals with some of the problems that are “centered around unemployment,” such as bad relationships, alcoholism and drug addiction.

Childers said that in Hopkinsville, the Jobs for Life ministry has seen roughly 70 percent of the people in its graduates find jobs, and that nationally, about 80 percent have found jobs.

“We don’t guarantee any jobs … but we can increase someone’s chances of getting a job,” said Childers. “You don’t have to be a Christian … but we use most of the principles that are taught out of the Bible.”

Childers said the Career Solutions Center has been a great asset to the community for the past few years, and with its closure in December, he thought that God was opening a door for him and the ministry to fill a need.

He said they will work closely with the YMCA, and that he has good relationships with Hopkinsville Community College and the Breathitt Career Center in Hopkinsville, which will help.

Those wanting more information can contact Childers at Bridge Community at 719-0359.
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