Imagine a musician who can no longer make music. By losing the ability to do something they were created to do, they lose a piece of themselves. They lose a sense of purpose.
We were created and designed by God to work. And our work is one of the core places that we receive our purpose and dignity. But what if you didn’t have access to good work? For millions of people in poverty this is reality.
Many men and women, for many different reasons, can’t find employment, are under-employed, or are shut out of jobs. And without employment, there is loss of purpose and dignity, which creates a vicious cycle of poverty — economically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Christians have always been engaged in the fight to break this cycle, but the majority of the Church’s effort and resources for those in need begins with food. Then housing. Then clothing. And then at the very bottom of the list is work. But without employment and the means to actually provide for themselves and their families the cycle continues…
Which begs the question – what if we flipped the list?
What would happen if churches and non-profits were empowered to actually help those in need find and keep employment, and provide for themselves?
Jobs for Life equips local churches and other organizations to champion the cause of work for those who need it most. By teaching individuals a biblical understanding of their identity and work, and surrounding them with a community to support them, we can help people experience the hope and transformation they need to find and thrive at work.
Imagine churches and non-profits being centers where the cycle of joblessness is broken; where business owners receive employees who understand the value and purpose of work.
Imagine families restored where children grow up with hope and a future.
Imagine communities and entire cities renewed because purpose and dignity has been restored.
Jobs for Life in Winter Haven
Our first Jobs for Life class took place at a local church in the spring of 2016 and graduated 8 participants. It provided a community for each student, as they were being supported and encouraged by their faithful Champions (mentors), teachers, and the Jobs for Life team. The excitement was infectious! In the years since, JfL has expanded to other sites in our community.
In the spring of 2019, upon invitation from Sheriff Judd and the Polk County Sheriff's Department, a group of Polk County Jail volunteers launched the first JfL men's class in a secure, faith-based area at South County Jail, offering the program to inmates nearing release. Then, in the fall of 2020, a women's JfL class began at Central County Jail!
The program continues to this day! Countless volunteers have helped in the form of Champions, Instructors, Site Leaders, and serving on business panels, as well as others providing meals for JfL courses.
Ways you can be involved:
- as a student in a JfL class
- volunteer as a champion or other team role
- become a Polk County Sheriff's Office jail volunteer
Please contact us at email@example.com or call our office at (863) 291-6270.