Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spotlight: Focus Hope!

Today we're spotlighting one of our partners and friends, Focus Hope! They've been around since 1968 and they've done some really inspiring things since. In the beginning they made a simple mission statement "intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice." Since then their mission has transformed and we thought we'd share it for some daily inspiration!

Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. Black and white, yellow, brown and red from Detroit and its suburbs of every economic status, national origin and religious persuasion we join in this covenant.

What changes do you notice between their 1968 mission and present mission? What strikes you? (Feel free to comment below!)

They also have a solid YouTube Channel with amazing little videos. Here are just a few, but be sure to check out the rest of their videos at: 

Focus Hope YouTube Channel

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 Tips About Training Programs

We have a couple of participants that are concerned about taking ANOTHER Training Program and are hesitant to get another "certificate." Are you feeling like this? Well, we've compiled a short list about why we think it's GREAT to enroll in training programs (no matter how many you've already taken)

1. Training Programs helps to display your interest in taking the first step to a specific career
2. Helps you identify your SKILLS that are needed to complete the job
3. Helps build strong habits (such as getting to work on time, eye contact, body language, interview skills, communication skills)... all the good stuff needed to get and KEEP your job!
4. Give you the skills needed to pursue ADVANCEMENT in the workplace
5. Teach you how to demonstrate your skills to an employer/authority figure
6. Determine your optimal work environment based on your specific needs
7. Explore alternate occupations, maybe you'll get a chance to try something totally new!
8. NETWORK. Training programs will give you a chance to meet new people who could potentially lead to a new job!
9. By doing a training program, you will be able to list your instructor as a current reference for your next job!
10. It looks GREAT on a resume. Shows employers initiative, organization, and the development of NEW SKILLS!

C'mon guys, these sound like 10 AWESOME reasons to do a Training Program! The next one is coming up at Focus Hope on May 5th...we'll give you the details on Thursday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Motor City Makeover!

Join in the fun and keep up the SPRING CLEANING  :)
Organize your own clean up event in your neighborhood and get FREE bags, gloves, and water! All you have to do is register with the city initiative by calling (313) 224-4415!

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to make your neighborhood even more beautiful!
More details below...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Clean

Today we came up with a list of DIY cleaning products that you can make from ingredients in your very own kitchen for WAY cheap! 

Half White Vinegar
Half Water
1 tsp Dawn

2 tsp Olive Oil (I used a bit more)
2 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
*Citrus fragrance

           1/8 c fabric softener
Just add some citrus peels to vinegar and let it sit for a few days,
hello diy clean! 
2 tbs baking soda
Rest water
*Lavendar fragrance

1/2 c vinegar
1/4 c baking soda
2 liters water
*Citrus fragrance

Homemade Laundry Detergent