Hand­fuls of hope

Boca Help­ing Hands ex­pands job-men­tor­ing pro­gram for un­der­priv­i­leged who are work­ing to ac­quire pro­fes­sional oc­cu­pa­tions

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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.

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