Volunteer Spotlight

Gradi Hamman

  

Ms. Gradi Hamman joined The Mission of Yahweh Board of Directors in 2018, and soon after became the Board Programs Committee Chairperson. Little did she know, she would become so immersed in the day-to-day routine at The Mission.  There were many of the programs that needed review and enhancement, and Gradi got involved immediately.  Gradi is a hands-on working board member that has a passion for seeing our residents succeed. 


Gradi became very interested in helping the women at The Mission become employable and one area she felt she could be pro-active and hands-on involved creating a 6 week class she calls Journey to Job Readiness. 


This is a series of workshops that focus on the soft skills needed for securing employment. Practical employment-search skills embedded in the course specifically address topics related to accessing referral networks, using electronic resources for sourcing jobs and researching employers, identifying personal and professional assets they bring to an employer, developing a functional resume, preparing for the interview, and mastering protocols for keeping the job. 


Additionally, the program addresses financial challenges and the framework for successfully managing earnings by utilizing sound budgeting practices. Our on-going need is for business and community representatives to volunteer as guest speakers and business panel members in various workshops. 


During the first two - 6 week sessions offered, 21 out of the 35 students have completed the required work and received a certificate of completion.    residents have landed a new job!  Additionally 15 of the 35 students have landed new jobs! 


The residents have told us they really enjoy Ms. Gradi’s classes, because she engages and challenges them. They’ve been enlightened from the panel of professionals she’s brought in and they are excited about re-entering the workforce with confidence. 


Thank you Ms. Gradi for all you do for our Residents! – We’re seeing wonderful results from all of your hours of effort! 


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