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Combining work experience with daily training and job search activities, Harvesting Hope enrolls some 60 men and women annually in Arm in Arm’s two Trenton locations. The program equips recipients of public benefits to qualify for and obtain employment or to qualify for acceptance in career-advancing education and training. All trainees are custodial parents who receive Temporary Aid to Needy Families.
Trainees typically spend each morning in a Arm in Arm food pantry assisting customers, assessing inventory, and making sure shelves are stocked. Simulating a retail workplace with expectations of performance, the format reinforces or introduces skills such as adherence to a daily work routine and schedule, friendly and efficient customer service, personal responsibility, team work, and productive communication with supervisors and peers.
Trainees build stronger resumes and make themselves marketable in several ways:
- Working and gaining experience in customer service, inventory, and food handling in our Client Choice pantries
- Occasional office assistance
- Increased comfort and computer literacy with online learning platforms, job applications, and correspondence
- Pursuit of career-related education through online certificate courses in safe food handling (ServSafe) and retail/customer service (International Grocer’s Association/Coca-Cola Institute)
- Discussions of interview skills and job search success with representatives form area businesses such as Starbucks
- Workshops led by partner agencies such as Dress for Success (job search techniques and support) and Family Guidance Center (financial literacy and credit counseling)
- Individualized guidance in online job applications, interview skills, and work habits
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