- CalPro Group
- Hensel Phelps
- Washington Convention Center
- JC Clothing
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- Hensel Phelps Construction
- H & Pizza
- Jiffy Lube
- DC Water
- DC METRO
- TJ MAXX
- Allied Barton
STRIVE, a component of Samaritan Ministry's Next Step Program, is a two-year endeavor beginning with an intensive 9AM to 5PM weekdays, two or three-week job readiness training course leading to employment for 94% of all graduates, and retaining that employment for at least 90 days after graduation. For many Next Step Participants with employment-related goals, STRIVE is a transformative experience leading to employment success. During training particiants learn and practice:
- Move from "can't do" to "can do" attitude
- Dressing and speaking in a manner appropriate for the workplace
- Writing a resume, building cover letters, and completing applications
- Taking instruction, accepting criticism, and functioning as a team
- Proper computer, telephone and fax machine use
All of this happens in a simulated workplace environment and supportive classroom setting allowing participants to face negative circumstances in their lives and begin overcoming internalized issues.
Throughout this intensive experience, staff and participants assess participants' skills, interests, and additional education or training needs and developing a plan of action designed to achieve their career goals. Next Step case workers work closely with participants to ensure that other needs, such as child care and housing, that may be barriers to sustainable employment are successfully addressed.
SMGW maintains relationships with graduates to walk with tham as they maintan and improve their job skills and employment outlooks by facilitating monthly support groups for networking, exchanging ideas, and discussing opportunities for advancement. Staff also supports participants during employment by helping to resolve issues that could hinder job retention and resolving conflicts that might arise in the workplace. Staff encourages participants to pursue higher education and other training opportunities that enhance upward mobility within the workforce.
Staff develops strong relationships with employers, creating job opportunities that are steps on participants' career path and helping employeers identify potential employees. Employers know that hiring a STRIVE graduate means they have acquire a skilled, reliable worker with a can-do attitude, and much more. Some of STRIVE's employer partners, among many others, are: