OurTo provide faith-based training and coaching for anyone who desires long-term employment.
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.
2006WorkFaith founded to address challenges of unemployed men and women in Houston
2007First "Job Readiness Workshop” launched
2007-2010One office location served approximately 280 first-time participants per year
2011Second office location opened, doubling capacity of new participants served each year
2013More extensive services offered through WorkFaith Academy
2017Third office location opened, increasing capacity of participants served by 50% each year
2019Long-term Employment Program (LTEP) created to further support participants
2020In response to COVID-19, WorkFaith launched fully virtual services and programs
Chelsea CantrellManager of Volunteer Program
Kalon CollinsPartnership Specialist
Anna Diaz-HasselbringDirector of Human Resources
Anthony FlynnChief Executive Officer
Nate FooteCareer Coach
Tiffany GardnerDirector of Development
Nick HardyChief Program Officer
Jonesy HenrySystems Administrator
Betty IennaClient Engagement Coordinator
Lois JacksonCareer Coach
Matt KillianChief Operating Officer
Josmery MaldonadoManager of Admissions
Sivivian MerrickManager of Program Services
Ron MitchellAccounting Administrator
Enoma OsakueLead Systems Engineer
Fernando PaguadaHelp Desk Technician
Daniel ParkRecruitment Manager
Rosemary P'PoolPrimary Instructor
Sahar RahimianSystems Support Specialist
Alex RodriguezBilingual Career Coach
Mori SanchezDevelopment Coordinator
Robin ScottDirector of Operations
Romona SimonAdmissions Coordinator
Debora SomuanoBilingual Primary Instructor & Translator
Cameron WebbEvent Coordinator
Roman ZalasarAdmissions Support Specialist
Kirsten DupuyManager of Instruction
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Client Services
Kelly BootsBoard Chair
Embry CanterburyHibernia Resources, LLC
Platform Partners, LLC
Source Rock Resources, Inc.
Platform Partners, LLC
Taylor DucoffCadence Bank
Brent OwenRefined Technologies, Inc.
Our Founders & Past Board Members
Founding CEO | 2006 - 2019
Post Oak Bank
Former Board Member
Randall EdwardsP2 Energy Services
Kevin GarlandMountaire Farms
Reg Aero, LLC
Kinder Morgan Gas Pipeline
Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
Marek Brothers, Inc.