As homeless guests work to rebuild their lives, they can participate in four one-hour sessions with the Employment Case Manager to fulfill the soft skills training program:
- Session One: Personal and employment background interview and career testing
- Session Two: Written communication skills, resume building, Illinois Skills Match and applications
- Session Three: Oral communication skills, interview and positive interaction skills
- Session Four: Team building skills, problem solving, reliability and attendance
Case managers have also developed networks with local business owners willing to hire CP guests and invest in their recovery toward a full and productive life.
The Internship Program was developed to teach transferable employment skills, refresh existing skills and reinforce soft skills (dependability, communication and working with others). This is a non-paid learning program where participants are assigned to a job with a regular schedule at Carpenter’s Place. The work done may be included on a resume and CP staff may be used as a reference. Participants work at least 12 hours a week and are evaluated regularly. Participants may also find internships outside of Carpenter’s Place if they serve the same guidelines and accountability.