Regardless of the economic climate, we believe that there are always available jobs for those who are willing to work. That’s why St. Joseph the Worker is currently the largest 100% community funded employment organization in Arizona, responsible for employing more individuals in real, paying jobs than any other workforce organization in Arizona.
Despite the impact of the Coronavirus, we supported over 5,000 individuals last year! Check out our annual report to learn more.
Calvin’s is one of the first success stories from SJW’s Employment Bridge Program, designed to help our employed clients who are living in shelters learn healthy budgeting techniques, improve their credit, and eventually move into independent housing. After 5 months in this program, Calvin payed off his debts, saved $8,000, and moved into his own apartment!
Abuse, medical debt, and poverty were things Calvin had become accustomed to after a workplace injury left him with an unpaid worker’s compensation claim and an expensive surgery bill. This put a strain on his marriage and Calvin’s wife began making him feel small, saying he “couldn’t even afford to pay a water bill without her.” This lit a fire inside Calvin that burned brighter than the fire around him, so he moved to the best place to rise from the ashes: Phoenix.
At St. Joseph the Worker, we get to be part of so many transformative journeys but it is rare that we get to capture those on video and share them with you. Meet Jeff, one of our clients who's been in recovery since 2017 and is so appreciative to finally have a "big boy" job.