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Home  |  News  |  COLUMBIA'S HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CAUSES MEXICAN RESTAURANT VENTURES AND LOCAL LEADERS TO TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS

COLUMBIA'S HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CAUSES MEXICAN RESTAURANT VENTURES AND LOCAL LEADERS TO TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 
COLUMBIA, SC - Veer Community Development and Columbia Crossroads Church are partnering with Mexican Restaurant Ventures (MRV) , a Midlands Area Taco Bell Franchisee, to sponsor the Columbia Day for Dignity and raise awareness and funds necessary to help churches and community organizations lead Jobs for Life classes in the capital city.

The Columbia Day for Dignity will be October 19, 2011. Having seen Jobs for Life's work across the country and here in town, Fred Kotoske, President of Columbia based MRV, believes “we can have a profound impact on joblessness and unemployment in our community as churches and ministries use Jobs For Life's strategy to help people in need learn and experience the dignity of work.” Bo Batchelder, business partner of Fred Kotoske's and board member for Jobs for Life, also wanted to bring this program to Columbia because of the areas high unemployment rate.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott states that "it is imperative that we provide support and intervention programs that will help give everyone a chance to succeed. The Sheriff added that intervention programs, like the Jobs for Life movement, are what we need to improve our communities and to help transform lives".

To get involved in Columbia’s Day for Dignity individuals and businesses are invited to transform lives by helping to raise a goal of raising $12,500.00 for the program in Columbia by visiting their website at www.DayforDignity.org/profile/Columbia. The site is designed to allow visitors to give the equivalent of a full day’s pay, a half day’s pay, or even just a few hours. Since Jobs for Life’s administrative costs are covered by private gifts, 100% of the money raised through Columbia’s Day for Dignity goes to help men and women learn how to work and find meaningful employment.

Nothing attacks one’s value and purpose like a lack of work. And we are all created to work! Today more people than ever have lost their dignity. Why? They’re not working. Currently the Columbia Metropolitan area has an unemployment rate of 9.8% - that’s more than ever before! A lack of work leads to devastating consequences for everyone – more poverty, homelessness, crime, domestic violence, divorce, debt, depression, and even suicide.

The team behind Columbia’s Day for Dignity, is asking area residents, community organizations, churches and business owners to join a movement of people across the country loving their neighbors by helping them experience what they really need… the dignity of work. Instead of giving people a fish, this group would rather see them learn how to fish.

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