Handfuls of hope
Boca Helping Hands expands job-mentoring program for underprivileged who are working to acquire professional occupations
Boca Helping Hands, a local non-profit serving families in our community in crisis with a food and financial assistance program, is in the process of expanding its job mentoring program. Recently a job mentoring program manager was hired to aid in the increase in the number of customers through the job mentoring program, the goal is to create a job training program that will empower the underemployed and unemployed clients with essential skills that will yield better paying jobs. Services include computer skills training, resume writing, interviewing skills, and identifying potential employment opportunities through job fairs and recruitment.
By expanding the hours and days, Boca Helping Hands is able to offer services providing more flexibility to clients in order to accommodate their needs. Volunteer mentors acting as case workers will follow the progress of unemployed clients and provide support and encouragement to keep the clients motivated. In addition, once clients complete the job mentoring program they are being assisted with their professional image with new clothing to be used on interviews and allowing them to dress according the business requirements.
Boca Helping Hands is in the process of developing a computer lab at its current Assistance Center location. The computer lab will include long-term training consisting of computer software training and a certification program for MSExcel, MSWord, and Internet skills. They are currently requesting computer donations to create the training facility that will elevate the skill sets of the clients in order to increase their chances at landing a better paying job.
Boca Helping Hands’ focus on job mentoring and job placement is a vital part of helping people break the cycle of dependency.
For more information, call 561-417-0913 or visit www.bocahelpinghands.org.
LEND A HAND: Boca Raton resident and Boca Helping Hands volunteers, Yasmine Zyne and founder Carolyn Jones serve food to those in need on Aug. 16 at Boca Helping Hands Food Center in Boca Raton.