Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Making sustainable living a reality for displaced or seemingly unemployable persons.
Redemptive Work (RW) is dedicated to making sustainable living a reality for displaced and seemingly unemployable persons.
RW serves homeless, previously incarcerated, and disabled persons navigating barriers to sustainable living. Our work began when Rev. Dr. Tina Carter joined RW Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mindy Johnson-Hicks in writing The Wealth of Poverty (Outskirts Press, 2013); an exploration of the ways authentic relationships across socio-economic groups enables collective prosperity. During this collaboration, it became apparent that under-served populations of homeless, previously incarcerated and disabled people shared common barriers to finding employment, housing, and healthcare. RW incorporated in 2013 to learn to navigate those barriers. We meet with people weekly, one-on-one, to discuss goals and strategies necessary to achieve sustainability beyond societal barriers. People need adequate work, safe shelter and access to health care and we are here to ensure a community is present to help them find all three. We also help people overcome obstacles by coaching them to fill out forms for jobs or obtaining a Driver's License or Social Security Card, government benefits. We help people face the challenges that so often prevent marginalized persons from re-engaging in society in a sustainable way. We also help our clients to understand what their strengths are instigating self-advocacy in a profoundly disenfranchising system.
I first found Redemptive Work on Volunteer Match in October 2015. I responded to an opportunity to become a Grant Writer and I was scheduled to meet them on their clinic day. Everyone who I met at the organization was extremely inviting, professional and most importantly to me their hearts were committed to helping others. I'm extremely grateful to Redemptive Work for taking me under their wing. I began as a Grant Writer and transitioned toward helping at the clinic and learning about the process of operating a non-profit. I am currently operating as the interim executive director at Redemptive Work. If you are aspiring to find your place in helping others through non-profit work; or interested in learning how a non-profit operates in an environment where people want you to learn; or if you just have an interest in any single opportunity being offered then I believe that Redemptive Work is an excellent place to achieve your goals.
by Mindy J. from Austin, TX
(Administrator for this Organization)(2016-09-20 10:14:48.0)
Redemptive Work is a great organization. Their clinics are small enough to ensure everyone gets individual attention yet large enough to make sure I gained valuable experience. When I first started as a volunteer In 2013, I appreciated how they trained me. I immediately worked with a mentor, Tina, who let me control the pace of my training. By the third meeting I was confident seeing clients on my own (it helped that my mentor was right across the way)! I have learned many things, and have been mentored both by my superiors, and those I have been called to supervise. In September 2016, I was elected to an interim position of Chair of the Board! I have truly enjoyed learning all faces of nonprofit management through hard work in an organization willing to invest in my effectiveness. I recommend Redemptive Work highly.