iWork Houston Hiring Expo!

Hiring Houston: Getting Our City Back to Work! Wednesday, September 22nd The iWork Houston Hiring Expo Presented by Houston’s First Baptist Church Downtown, is an in-person hiring event designed to provide hope, build community, and connect job seekers with long-term employment. As the workforce rebounds from the pandemic, our focus is on Hiring Houston and Getting Our City Back to …

Generosity at Work || Jamaal

After entering Star of Hope, “Jovial” Jamaal found himself at the beginning of a new life. Jamaal had tried to live life on his own terms and his own way, leading him to a life of drugs, alcohol, and pain. He ended up homeless on the streets of California, and his dad pleaded with him to come to Texas and …

Generosity at Work || Tammie

Tammie’s childhood was marked with many challenges. Her mother was an exotic dancer, and she never lived with her father. At age 11, her stepfather and mother divorced. At 19 years old, Tammie was trafficked by her aunt and her aunt’s best friend who was a madame in Louisiana. Tammie’s past as a human trafficking victim had caused her to …

Generosity at Work || Charles

“Committed” Charles found himself living in a transitional facility, stemming from bad choices, and recovering from previous medical issues. He was looking to get a new start by searching for employment again. He was referred to WorkFaith by community partner, Star of Hope, where he had recently completed the Men at Work program. He was skeptical about the Workforce Development …

Generosity at Work || Abdulla

While Abdulla had over 30 years of international banking experience in Dubai and India, he experienced many difficulties re-entering his career field in the United States. He was told repeatedly that he needed experience in America to be able to find a career in banking. Abdulla also faced ageism due to his senior citizen status. By the time he was …

Generosity at Work || Paula

Meet Paula. Paula graduated from WorkFaith’s Workforce Development Training in August of 2018. Originally from Alaska and a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, Paula had over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. In November of 2016, Paula was laid off from her position at an environmental consulting firm due to a lack of funding. Unfortunately, …

Generosity at Work || Sara

“I was employed with a company out of state, so I was working remotely from my home office. Among many others in my company, I lost my job due to COVID-19. I found WorkFaith because I needed to get started with my job search, and WorkFaith’s Boot Camp gave me the motivation I needed to launch into that search. It’s …

Generosity at Work || Jonathan

Meet Jonathan. Jonathan is a promising young WorkFaith graduate. He graduated from our Virtual Boot Camp in June of 2020! He came to WorkFaith with the desire to learn employability skills. The skills he wanted to focus on were effective networking, job search techniques, and creating a solid resume. Shortly after completing the Boot Camp, Jonathan contacted his coach and …

Generosity at Work

Over the months of November and December, you will see stories from a few of the WorkFaith graduates you are impacting through your giving. We are excited to share these stories with you through emails and social media and ask that you would consider giving to the work that God is doing here at WorkFaith! “I was a college graduate …

Believe in People

WorkFaith is partnering with StandTogether to fundraise for the remainder of 2020!  StandTogether’s book ‘Believe in People’ shares lessons from decades of successes and failures in business and philanthropy, as well as applying the principles that have enabled social progress throughout history. For each book sold, StandTogether will donate the cover price ($30) to support WorkFaith! How does it work? …

Grateful, Humble, & Generous

As we enter the holiday season, we are continuing to set our eyes on Jesus and the calling He has given us here at WorkFaith. The heart of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas is one of gratitude, humility, and generosity. All of these things are a product of the Gospel at work in our hearts as believers in Christ. Grateful We …

Back-to-Back Bootcamps Coming Up!

It’s a job finding a job. Landing the job you desire takes skills and a thorough understanding of what employers are looking for in the current workforce climate – with countless people out of work, every little bit helps.  Throughout this year, WorkFaith has shifted to fit the needs of our clients by offering our Bootcamps virtually. We are doing two …

WorkFaith’s Virtual Graduations Are Here!

We are excited to announce the re-launch of WorkFaith Graduations! As many of you know, Graduation is a special celebration for our organization, and we have missed it greatly in this season.  Please join us in celebrating students who successfully complete the WorkFaith Virtual Workforce Development Trainings on Friday, October 16th at 1:00pm CST. You will hear testimonials from recent …

WorkFaith launches the By Faith Video Series and Virtual Expansion!

As we continue to celebrate all that God did through The By Faith Experience, we are excited to announce a special video series inviting you to participate in the growth of WorkFaith. In this By Faith video series, you will receive the opportunity to hear from our distinguished speakers Dave Evans, Pastor Gregg Matte, and Jewel Burks Solomon. Additionally, we’re asking …

Register now for The By Faith Experience, just one week away on September 30!

Through The By Faith Experience, we’re thrilled to bring you three phenomenal featured speakers. During this virtual experience, you will hear from Dave Evans, Jewel Burks Solomon and Pastor Gregg Matte. Keep reading to learn more about each one of these globally renowned speakers! DAVE EVANSNew York Times #1 Best-selling Author, Designing Your LifeCo-Founder / Stanford Life Design Lab Dave …

How mid-career workers are retraining themselves for the jobs of the future

Karen Gilchrist On a typical day, Kevin Ng works with bankers at Credit Agricole to develop risk analysis tools using Java software. No one would guess that barely a year back, he was a flight attendant. The 29-year-old software engineer secured the job during Singapore’s coronavirus lockdown period after retraining in late 2019. And while he couldn’t have predicted the devastating impact the pandemic …

Survey: Skill gaps are top pandemic challenge for 1 in 5 small businesses

Ryan Golden Dive Brief: One in five small business leaders and one in three midsize business leaders surveyed in June by small-business software review service GetApp cited a lack of employee skills as their biggest challenge in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business shifts caused by the pandemic changed required skill sets for 84% of the businesses in the survey, GetApp said …

Connection is the Key to Fostering a Resilient Faith in Young Adults

Alex Best For the up and coming generation of young adults -namely Millennials and Generation Z- in today’s dynamic social climate, faith seems to become more and more often a skeptical topic.  It becomes more difficult to find young individuals resilient in their faith, and the question becomes how can the Church strive to foster and build up “Resilient Disciples?”  …

Mayor Turner and Microsoft expand digital alliance with the city of Houston

Microsoft Corporation Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Monday that the city of Houston has expanded its groundbreaking digital alliance with Microsoft to innovate in big data, artificial intelligence and the digital economy. Microsoft brings to Houston “Accelerate,” a new program designed to address economic recovery through skilling both underserved communities and re-skilling the many Americans impacted by COVID-19. The collaboration is intended …

How Micro-Certification Can Fill Skill Gaps In The New Normal

Ulrik Juul Christensen A recent graduate enters the workforce for the first time with a basic set of skills and the ability to learn. Having a degree to get a job is only the starting point. Learning must now continue for a lifetime, with continuous upskilling. This approach is not only good for the employee, it’s also a competitive advantage …

A Fresh Approach to Narrowing the Skills Gap

Kalyan Kumar It’s fairly easy for people in small businesses to keep track of everyone’s skillset. When a project comes along, figuring out which employees can contribute and what skills should be brought in from outside the company is a fairly straightforward endeavor. But scale that scenario into an organization with tens or hundreds of thousands of employees distributed around …

Houston health care sector added 8,000 jobs in June, national numbers up in July

Gwendolyn Wu Houston added 8,000 jobs in the health care sector in June, recovering from major employment losses for the second month in a row. But analysts said it’s too early to know whether that trend will continue for the rest of the summer. Job gains in health care across the country last month may be an indicator of what’s …

Trade schools offer training in high-demand, essential careers

Patrick Varine Candace Carlton recently earned a massage therapy license. Unfortunately, the past six months have made it tough to put it to use. “That doesn’t do too well during a pandemic,” Carlton said. The prospect of going back to school also is challenging, given that school districts, colleges and education centers all over the country are trying to find …

Employers, you belong at iWork Houston Hiring Expo!

The iWork Houston Hiring Expo is the one-stop shop for all of your hiring needs! The WorkFaith Connection and Gallery Furniture, along with Houston’s First Baptist Church – Downtown, are hosting a unique virtual hiring event designed to connect Houstonians with employers like YOU, free resources, and so much more!  We have over 5,000 clients in our network, and many …

The in-demand jobs on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Alison Medley The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for Americans seeking employment. Yes, over 44.2 million Americans have filed for unemployment during the coronavirus crisis, and 1.5 million sought claims in early June, according to Fortune. But don’t despair, job seekers. The positive news for Americans is that new career opportunities have also emerged through the pandemic. According to LinkedIn Workforce Report, the new …

4 ways to encourage upskilling without burning people out

Ashwin Bharath In the past 100+ days, IT leaders across the world have worked at lightning speed to scale infrastructures to meet the needs of remote workforce environments. CIOs were tasked with swiftly completing digital transformation projects that were previously projected to take years – relying on IT teams to take on new responsibilities and skills without formal training. The …

4 Ways Mentorship Opportunities Can Help Fill the Industry Skills Gap

Lindsay Gilder In the latest episode of the Thomas Industry Update Podcast, Thomas CEO and President Tony Uphoff spoke to Mary Person, the director of Governmental Relations and External Affairs for FH Paschen. At the major construction firm, Person plays a significant role in recruitment efforts for some of the best talent in the construction industry and continues to recruit the next …

Microsoft and LinkedIn partner to help 25M workers gain digital skills

Macy Bayern Microsoft introduced its new global skills initiative to provide digital skills to more than 25 million people worldwide who have been displaced by the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made during a Microsoft digital event on Tuesday, shedding light on the significant impact COVID-19 has had on employment, as well as introducing a new learning app to Microsoft Teams. “People are contributing in new ways in …