About Us

Our
Mission

WorkFaith provides faith-based training and coaching for anyone who desires long-term employment.
 

Our History

The WorkFaith Connection was developed in 2006 to address the challenges of unemployed men and women in Houston, who have a desire to become contributing members of society. Specific attention was focused on serving those caught in the cycle of poverty, formerly incarcerated, recovering from addiction, or transitioning out of homelessness. Based on an award-winning job skills training program called Cincinnati Works, the well-established curriculum was combined with a faith component and extensive follow-up procedures, resulting in The WorkFaith Connection. In 2007, The WorkFaith Connection launched its first "Job Readiness Workshop" as a comprehensive response to disadvantaged job seekers struggling to becoming employed in the city of Houston.

From 2007 to 2010, The WorkFaith Connection operated with one office location serving approximately 280 first time clients per year, while also serving a cumulative population of alumni as the years progressed. To meet increasing demand for the services offered, a plan for growth was developed, and in January of 2011 a second location opened, doubling the capacity of new clients served each year. A third location, was added in 2017 to expand to new regions of the city and increase capacity of clients served by 50% each year.

In 2013, The WorkFaith Connection began to offer more extensive services to the graduates of the program, such as the WorkFaith Academy supplemental classes. Employed graduates are now able to receive training in Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Financial Coaching, and other life skills training needed to be successful in their life and job. Since inception, the staff at The WorkFaith Connection has consistently increased efforts to partner with other organizations and build long-term relationships with graduates of the program, becoming a family to them, celebrating their victories, and being supportive through their challenges.

In June 2019, we implemented a Long-term Employment Program(LTEP) to strengthen and deepen our impact in supporting transformation in our graduates.  Participating graduates commit one year to the Long-Term Employment Program. This Program creates an integrated relationship between the employer, the WorkFaith graduate, our coaching program, our church partners, and our support services. Through a one-year coaching model, enrolled WorkFaith graduates will have immediate employment options, and have access to continuing education, professional/technical skills training and certifications.  

 At the same time, our Employer Development team is building relationships with Houston businesses (Core Employers) that need labor that our graduates are eager to provide. As participating graduates commit to one year of bi-monthly coaching sessions & soft skill training, our Core Employers agree to provide vital feedback to WorkFaith concerning the employed graduate.  We believe our graduates will experience greater job stability and career advancement opportunities that will impact their earning potential, their family’s stability and improve the communities in which they live.

Leadership

Anthony Flynn

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Killian

Chief Operating Officer

Anna Diaz

HR Manager

Staff

Freda Miller

Director of Client Services

Natasha Bush

Kirsten Dupuy

Carrie Hazard

Jonesy Henry

Betty Ienna

Lois Jackson

Stephanie Johnson

Christina Kinder

Kim McKee

Sivivian Merrick

Ron Mitchell

LaTonia Oyeniran

Bernie Patel

Rosemary P'Pool

Sahar Rahimian

Romona Simon

Kelly Spencer

Roman Zalasar

Board Members

Embry Canterbury

Chairman | Hibernia Resource, LLC

Randall Edwards

Premier Pipe, LLC

Kelly Boots

Cadence Bank

Fred Brazelton

Platform Partners, LLC

Doug Chapman

Source Rock Resources, Inc.

Kevin Garland

Mountaire Farms

Sharon Paul

Kentech

Our Founders & Past Board Members

Barbara Elliot

Founder

Sandy Schultz

Founding CEO | 2006 - 2019

Chris Carmouche

Post Oak Bank

Gary Dunkum

Former Board Member

Kevin Howard

Kinder Morgan Gas Pipeline

Stan Marek

Marek Brothers, Inc.

Russell Ginn

Reg Aero, LLC

John Kafka

Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing

Bob Zorich

Encap Investments