Employment First is just one element of a new focus, being launched by Gospel Rescue Mission as one part of their efforts toward decreasing the number of men and women living below the poverty line in Muskogee County which according to the last census was a little over 22%.
GRM Work Teams: It has been said that it is easier to get a job if you have a job. GRM will put together project and day labor groups to get work done. In this program GRM is the middle man who will put together a team of men and women to get work done on your project. You simply contact GRM let us know how many you need, where you need them to be and agree to pay them at least $8 an hour. GRM will put together a team and track their hours for you. The workers get experience and some cash so that they can pay for training or as one recent participant did, buy work boots for a more long term job that was offered on the condition of having the right footwear. Call 918-616-8331 or email email@example.com to sign your project up or to volunteer for a future work team.
Getting Ahead When Getting Out: This program is helping those with felonies work through the challenges that their past has created for them. The city of Muskogee has agreed to not look at the felony as a part of their application process for those that participate in this program.
Employment First job training and search: The flagship of this program is the Employment First training and search element. Those that sign up for the program will fill out a generic application and be given an overview of the program. Participants can earn points by taking online courses, attending seminars and community meetings, calling in regularly, being a Bridges out of Poverty graduate and passing drug screens. GRM will track the points and as “Help Wanted” signs are seen, GRM will take the applications of the top 20 point earners to those places that are hiring. The potential employer will be encouraged to maintain their own procedures for hiring, but will be told that these 20 are investing in their lives so will likely make better employees. The potential employer can start with a strong pool of candidates. Click here to get started: