A unique opportunity for churches to help those in need

When someone loses a job, it creates more problems than just a lack of income. It throws off an entire family’s stability and creates one new crisis after another.

For millions of people around the country, those issues are in addition to other problems, like isolation, an abusive partner, traumatic past experiences, or a prior conviction that keeps them from working in the future.

It has been shown that without a stable job and supportive community, these neighbors are far more likely to suffer depression, abuse, addiction, divorce, and eviction.

In the wake of COVID-19, more than 30 million Americans are now without work. They’re suddenly at risk for these tragic outcomes, and they need your help.

There is a solution – and it involves the local church.

How Does Better Jobs Help?

After working with families on the Better Families side, we wanted to help solve some of the root causes of why families go into seasons of crisis in the first place. We found that 76% of the families we served came to us because of an economic need, somehow tied to unemployment.

That realization launched our Better Jobs program.

Better Jobs is a program that equips local churches to run a community or second chance job fair right–offered either in person or virtually–where it’s needed most.

Our job fairs are a proven tool which equips churches to reach people, 60% of whom are unchurched, who are struggling through some of life’s most significant challenges. With our training and support, partners across the country are offering a welcoming job fair experience which offers neighbors a valuable service–access to employers who will view them as human beings–and a community of loving volunteers who will encourage and support them to rediscover their value and the dignity that comes with work.

Law enforcement man laughing with woman at job fair.

This is a unique opportunity for churches to help those in need in a highly practical way, especially when only 2% of American churches have an unemployment ministry.

Better Together can train YOUR church family to offer a job fair for your community. All you need to make it happen is three dedicated volunteers and three months.

Bring your heart to serve and we will bring:

  • Training crafted from the experience of more than 80 church-based job fairs
  • A comprehensive kit of online resources, templates, and how-to guides
  • Ongoing support and coaching from our passionate, knowledgeable staff

How Your Church Can Get Involved

 

Host A Virtual Job Fair!

More than 30 million Americans have recently applied for unemployment assistance for the first time. The economic impacts of COVID-19 will be felt for months or even years. Families right in your backyard can’t wait that long. They need hope and opportunity now.

Let us equip your church family to offer a virtual job fair, safely connecting hundreds of neighbors with employers looking for help. In the process, you will encourage and connect personally with the people in your community who need you most.

Don’t wait. This is the moment for your church to lead your city in the road to recovery.

Join The Nationwide Day of Second Chances!

Taking place on November 12, The Nationwide Day of Second Chances is a day when churches around the country come together to host Second Chance Job Fairs for neighbors who have been incarcerated or otherwise face barriers to employment.

We offer special training, coaching, and centralized support for congregations celebrating the power of redemption and saying “welcome home” to neighbors ready for a fresh start. Training options exist for both in-person and virtual job fairs.

This is a critical effort, of which we would love for your church to be a part. With 650,000 people returning from prison every year, there is a massive opportunity for the church to extend grace, hope, and a second chance.

Want To Learn More?

Connect with us to hear about how your church can partner with us and serve your community through a job fair.