SJW helps homeless transitioning disadvantaged previously incarcerated people get jobs
OUR MISSION

GIVE PEOPLE A HAND-UP

not a

 hand out

At SJW, our mission is to connect the Valley’s disadvantaged, homeless, and transitioning individuals to quality jobs. We do this by providing support, resources, and tools necessary for becoming employable. SJW hopes that by creating this connection, they will become independent and lead healthier lives that benefit their community and families.
Remove Employment Barriers
We provide interview clothing, transportation, resume assistance, interview help, and more for those without even the most basic resources needed to get a job. The only thing they need is a willingness to work.
Connect Individuals to Opportunity
We connect people directly to quality jobs rather than to workshops and trainings.

We have relationships with dozens of employers to ensure more opportunities for livable wages, health insurance, and career advancement.
Empower Individual Success
The SJW program is based on the individual needs of each client. There are no cookie-cutter programs.

SJW Vision

End Homelessness

through

employment

It is our vision that, through employment, SJW will end homelessness for a significant and measurable sector of the homeless population; and further, we will prevent homelessness from becoming a bigger problem by continually increasing our reach and employing greater numbers of impoverished and underemployed community members at risk of becoming homeless. Through the work of SJW, anyone and everyone who is stable, ready and wanting to work will be employed, regardless of their situation. And no homeless person who can work and wants to work will remain homeless for lack of employment.

St. Joseph the Worker's

Core Values

DIGNITY

We believe there is dignity in work.

RESPECT

We believe all people matter.

HOPE

We restore hope through care, compassion, and purpose.

CLIENT

We exist to serve our client; they are our “why.”

EMPLOYMENT

We believe employment is key to a healthy community.

LOVE

We express our love others through service.

RELATIONSHIPS

We can’t do this alone.
History

The only way out of poverty is a paycheck

we want to work

 but don’t have the tools

In 1988, a group of André House volunteers serving dinner in the park responded to the cries of the homeless: “we want to work but don’t have the tools.” A few months later, Father Michael Baxter opened St. Joseph the Worker. Since that time, SJW has helped over 35,000 individuals experiencing homeless and other life transitions become employed. We continue to dispense the resources needed to remove employment barriers and create success.

First SJW Building
First SJW Building
2020

SJW Success Stories

At St. Joseph the Worker, we have a very special tradition. Every time one of our clients obtains a job, they ring the “Success Bell”. The whole office stops what they’re doing to celebrate our client and their new job. You can read all their stories here.

Joel’s Success Story

At 15, Joel left home. He began to experience homelessness and use substances. For 8 years, he bounced between couches and the streets of the Valley. Now he has a new job and a place to stay. … Read More

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Mitzi’s Success Story

At SJW, sometimes it’s the seemingly simple things that make a huge difference in our clients’ employment journeys. This was the case for Mitzi, who simply needed a computer and internet access to apply for jobs online. This, like many

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Jose Cropped

Jose is looking forward to stability in his new job

Sometimes, all we need is a little bit of the right kind of help to boost our confidence and get us going in the right direction. This year more than others, that is true. For all of us to rise above the challenges, we need to come together and support one another so that we can also achieve the successes.… Read More

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