Projects/Programs

Job Ready!

The job market is competitive so what a young person learns in Job Ready! will help set them apart from other employment seekers. The facilitator of this course brings a wealth of experience having been an employer for more than 30 years. Additionally, she was responsible for teaching and training other managers and supervisors in a multi-state region on numerous human resource and supervisory topics. Not only will the Participant receive help creating a resume, they will also learn how to accurately complete a job application. In addition to improving their communication skills and learning conflict management methods they will explore the differences in people and personalities to aid in their tolerance and understanding of others. Participants learn about work ethic principles that will help them maintain employment. If a Participant has work history or even criminal history that would pose obvious concerns to prospective employers, in this course, the Participant will receive guidance about those issues. The course is topped off with a required two-day unpaid internship with a local employer. Not only does the internship demonstrate the valued “pay it forward” concept, the Participant will be evaluated by the employer in several areas that matter to all employers. Following the internship, the Participant will receive an Interview Folder containing Resume Packets (resume, certificate of completion and the internship evaluation), a Job Search Log and suggestions of employment possibilities based upon previous work experience, skill sets, career discussions, education, education planning, etc.

This is a three-day course followed by a two-day internship. The course is typically taught twice per month. Call 903.803.0100 to register. The course is free.

 

Healthy Inside & Out

Healthy Inside & Out is a vital program to help improve the overall health of young people in poverty. D.O.R.S. facilitates their ability to see a doctor, a dentist, get their eyes examined and receive glasses. D.O.R.S. recognizes that years of trauma, neglect and abuse have resulted in their need for mental health services including both individual and group counseling which has transformed lives! Healthy living also results from young people receiving education on healthy nutrition for them and their young children and even self-defense training.

 

Transitional Housing

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Homelessness is a monumental challenge that affects every portion of a young person’s life. D.O.R.S.’ staff provides detailed assistance and advocacy to help stabilize unstable housing. Throughout the process, D.O.R.S. provides education on budgeting and tenant/landlord relationships as they help the young person create a plan to resolve past issues as a tenant and help young people read and understand a lease agreement. Affordable housing is not plentiful and young people can spend two years on a waiting list As a member of the Northeast Texas Homeless Consortium, D.O.R.S. stays abreast of the housing trends and needs and guides young people to the best option for their life circumstances.

 

Operation: Turnaround

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Everyone has experienced something in our life that we wish hadn’t happened. Whether a young person has a pattern of bad choices or if it’s the very first time that a bad decision has resulted in being placed on probation, if the Participant is serious and committed to getting out of the criminal justice system once and for all, the Operation: Turnaround program at D.O.R.S. can help. Operation: Turnaround provides a weekly opportunity to partner with D.O.R.S. to receive support, guidance and encouragement to successfully meet all conditions of probation. Once a month, Operation: Turnaround provides the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of someone who has successfully separated him or herself from the criminal justice system permanently. The testimonies and advice are powerful!

To join this group of over-comers, call 903.803.0100 and schedule an appointment!