Not all applicants follow through with the workforce development training, but the students who show up and stick with the program have similar challenges. Many have prior or current addictions, prior incarceration or arrests, a mental health diagnosis, or limited education. The chart below provides a glimpse of challenges faced by our applicants this year.
The H.I.M. team and our amazing cadre of volunteers are a blessing to our students. Together, they provide the students with the structure and accountability of a workplace, and wrap them with empathy and compassion. The transformation from dependency to self-sufficiency has a long-lasting impact on the students who graduate. When their personal dignity is restored and hopelessness is removed, the skills and values can be passed down to children and grandchildren and ultimately this has a generational impact on society. Changed lives changes communities. And blessed students bless our staff and volunteers every day.