Come visit SJW and see our improved employment resource program.


SJW During Remodeling

SJW During Remodeling

SJW Before Remodeling

SJW Before Remodeling

Come see SJW now that our final touches are complete.

St. Joseph the Worker (SJW) is already celebrating client employment success in our newly remodeled office and we invite you to see our improved employment resource program.

SJW invites the public to see the program enhancements now that final touches are complete. During the tour, visitors will be able to see the redesigned office structure and meet the staff supporting clients’ employment success.

The remodel plans began in June 2011 when SJW received a Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award.  This wonderful contribution allowed SJW to improve agency technology, facilities, marketing, and staff and volunteer training – ultimately allowing SJW to better serve our homeless, job-seeking clients on their path to self-sufficiency through quality employment.

“Our computer lab equipment was outdated, our staff was operating with software programs that needed to be upgraded, and our website needed greater interaction capabilities — we were well behind in computer and marketing technologies,” said Brent Downs, Executive Director of SJW.

The new computer lab now has updated software and virus programs.  This has provided a safer, more secure resource for our clients’ job search efforts while providing tighter security to protect the systems from becoming inoperable due to virus or other internet attacks.  Staff computers now operate the latest software and data management programs providing greater efficiency.  The versatility of the SJW website provides increased interaction with our audience through social media, easily updated content, and multi-giving opportunities.

“SJW received a collection of donated tables, desks, and stands over six years ago when the office relocated to the new Human Services Campus,” said Downs, “but these items were not best suited for space or program effectiveness.”   The remodel included redesigning use of space, replacing carpet and tile, new paint, new office furniture, and streamlined program area.  The results were an improved resource space that promotes professionalism, workstations constructed to provide greater engagement between job developers and clients, and volunteers with dedicated work stations.

“Our clients are excited about the new space,” said program manager Nina Lindsey. “Our program is designed to build confidence in our clients, offer a realistic experience in an office environment, and provide resources to help them succeed in gaining quality employment.  The first day we reopened, a client commented on how professional the office feels and how the changes improved his ability to utilize our resources.  That speaks for itself.”

To learn more about the office enhancement, contact Candace Sherwood, Special Events and Outreach Coordinator, at 602-223-3467 or