Atlanta Mission and workforce development organization Cara Chicago formally celebrated the launch of their co-created workforce development program, Atlanta Mission @Work. Since launching their first cohort in July, Atlanta Mission @Work has placed 10 individuals into high-quality jobs in the Atlanta area.
The program’s personal and professional development, access to employment opportunities, and focus on job retention provides a solid foundation for economically challenged individuals to begin a path to self-sufficiency.
“Atlanta Mission @Work has changed our entire program. To see the light and hope that has come out of this work is truly motivating,” said Jim Reese, CEO of Atlanta Mission. “This gives people living in homelessness and poverty an opportunity to believe they are more.”
The launch was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting at the Atlanta Mission headquarters. Members of Atlanta Mission and Cara staff were present, as were representatives from Stand Together Foundation, Schoen Foundation and former NFL running back Shaun Alexander.
The program included remarks from Reese and Cara President & CEO Maria Kim, as well as current @Work participant Natasha and her children.
“Today we celebrate the launch of not just a job search program, but a job search, job placement, and job retention program,” Kim said. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome the Atlanta Mission team into our community and to help deepen their impact and create real and lasting success.”
The launch of Atlanta Mission @Work also marked the formation of Cara Plus – an expansion arm of the Cara enterprise. The program’s affiliate partnership with Atlanta Mission is designed to replicate these results in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.
Atlanta Mission is the city’s largest and longest-running provider of homeless services. Atlanta Mission transforms, through Christ, the lives of those facing homelessness. Established in 1938, they provide critical needs to over 1,000 homeless men, women, and children daily.