Working for a Better Future

Many hard-working families are employed but still struggling to pay their bills. Adults who have jobs, but remain poor—the "working poor”—are finding it more difficult to lift themselves out of poverty. In fact, the working poor in America grew poorer during 2010, with incomes dipping farther below the poverty line than in any other year in the new millennium. Other people are unemployed and unable to obtain the limited job opportunities available due to a lack of skills or education. The good news is that Community Action can help! We provide many programs to assist people with tools and training to help secure living wage jobs. From job search assistance to education programs, there are many ways for people in your community to succeed. 



Mikida's Story

Pregnant and homeless, with less than $20 in her pocket and all her belongings in the bags she carried, Mikida wandered the streets of Seattle wary and alert. "I had nowhere to go. No home, no job, no car," she said. At 21, Mikida felt she had fallen all the way to the lowest possible place she could imagine. She was shocked to find herself in this situation. She was a high school graduate and a certified medical assistant. She had had a decent job. She had been on the road to stability. That road took a sharp turn when she and her boyfriend broke up, and when she was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for trying to sell property she had not known was stolen. Estranged from her family, she didn't know where to turn.

She turned to Multi-Service Center's (MSC) THRIVE program. MSC's THRIVE program helps homeless individuals improve their marketability in today's job market. Through job skills training, job search assistance, financial management and other resources, including some paid internships, people can find success in employment again.

"My case worker at MSC did everything he could for me," Mikida said. "He helped me create my resume and cover letter, which are beautiful; and he passed on a lot of job referrals." In the end, Mikida had her choice of jobs. A mother of a 2-year-old son, Mikida now works in the insurance industry. "I love it," she said. "I'm gaining confidence and experience."

· Mikida, Multi-Service Center Client

Employment Solutions

The Community Action network provides a number of employment solutions through your local agency and across Washington State such as:

  • Job Skills Training
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Work Experience
  • Financial Management
  • Internships
  • Resume Preparation

Find a program that works for you at your local Community Action Agency