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1 Grant Request Proposal for Vocare Networking Support Group

2 2 Introduction Vocare (pronounced vo-kar-ay) is a faith-based networking group for those who are in-transition and searching for career or vocational direction and support. “Vocare” is a Latin verb that means “to call.” Anyone seeking a networking opportunity in a spiritual surrounding – those from any religious affiliation as well as those with no spiritual connection are invited to attend. Confidential – Property of L. Godfrey, Vocare Networking Support Group

3 3 Introduction Vision Statement Vision Statement  To provide spiritual, emotional, and financial assistance to the unemployed and underemployed through group and individual networking, counseling, and advanced training support Mission Statement Mission Statement   To support and uplift those experiencing the loss of employment by sharing career development resources, networking opportunities, prayer, and fellowship in a faith- based, compassionate, and encouraging environment

4 4 The Vocare Story Lauren Godfrey, Vocare Founder Lauren Godfrey, Vocare Founder  After being in-transition for nearly a year after having been laid off in March,  Having attended many networking groups in various locations throughout southern CA... Noticed that there was something very important missing from these groups... Spiritual & Emotional Support

5 5 The Vocare Story First meeting on March 25, 2009 First meeting on March 25, 2009  Susan, 2 pastors, and one other attendee By June, 2010 By June, 2010  22 members who attend regularly (40 on roster) 8-12 average meeting attendance  Pastoral Support  Guest speakers each week “Epiphany” conversation with member “Epiphany” conversation with member  Lack of personal funds for career training Vocare is hoping to add to its services... Vocare is hoping to add to its services... Financial Support

6 6 Purpose and Services Sharing job-search ideas, guidance, and resources Sharing job-search ideas, guidance, and resources  Resumes  cover letters  networking contacts  career marketing plans  online job search and education resources  dealing with government unemployment benefits  referrals to staffing agencies and recruiters Spiritual Support Spiritual Support  Empathy  Understanding  Prayer  A safe place to share job-search experiences and concerns

7 7 Purposes and Services Financial assistance with career advancement resources that increase hirability and transferable skills recognition with employers and recruiters through: Financial assistance with career advancement resources that increase hirability and transferable skills recognition with employers and recruiters through:   Advanced education   Skills improvement classes   Expertise development training   Job and industry-specific certifications

8 8 Purposes and Services Training and certification will help members get their resumes TO THE TOP OF THE PILE and andGET BACK BACK TO TO WORK WORK SOONER! SOONER!

9 9 Problem Statement As the recession continues, more and more people join the ranks of the unemployed As the recession continues, more and more people join the ranks of the unemployed  Along with this comes feelings of anxiety, depression, abandonment, and grief US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics April, 2010 Unemployment rates as of April 2010 Unemployment rates as of April 2010   California: 12.3% Compared to 7.6% in Sept The largest over-the-month decrease in the level of employment occurred in California (-66,500)   Ventura County: 10.5%   Los Angeles County: 11.9%

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11 11A Problem Statement Nationwide - calls to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Nationwide - calls to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline  went from 412,768 in 2007 to 540,041 in 2008  Suicide-prevention hotline calls increased by almost 15% between 2008 and 2009 * In an American Psychological Association survey in September 2009 In an American Psychological Association survey in September 2009  80% of the respondents said the economy was a significant source of stress In April 2008, that figure was 66% ** Unemployed people are 2 to 4 times more likely to kill themselves Unemployed people are 2 to 4 times more likely to kill themselves *Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, May 2010 **American Association of Suicidology - February 5, 2009

12 11B Problem Statement Calls to The National Suicide Prevention Network spiked 18% in the first five months of this year Calls to The National Suicide Prevention Network spiked 18% in the first five months of this year *  Americans made 59,500 calls to the hotline in May alone Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, based in Los Angeles, received twice as many calls in 2008 as it did one year previous Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, based in Los Angeles, received twice as many calls in 2008 as it did one year previous In 2007, there were 34,598 reported suicides In 2007, there were 34,598 reported suicides **  Researchers expect each additional percentage point increase in unemployment leads to roughly a one percentage point increase in suicides 13%of unemployed people have self-harm thoughts 13%of unemployed people have self-harm thoughts  4 times higher than for those with full-time jobs  4 times higher than for those with full-time jobs *** *AOLNews.com, July 2010 **Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 ***NAMH, Oct. 8, 2009

13 12 Objective Provide guidance and support not offered by other networking and job support organizations by establishing a caring atmosphere that includes: Provide guidance and support not offered by other networking and job support organizations by establishing a caring atmosphere that includes:  A safe, “you’re not alone” environment that provides encouragement, motivation, and direction through Stress management Decreased depression More open and caring communications with family members Pastoral care Psychological counseling Financial support for training and certification With the ultimate goal of... With the ultimate goal of...

14 14 Giving the un(under)employed a clearer idea of their vocation or “calling” Giving the un(under)employed a clearer idea of their vocation or “calling”  Which in turn results in increased productivity in the workforce a more stable economy

15 14 Statement of Work Federal grants and/or private donations will fund Vocare’s outreach and support efforts Federal grants and/or private donations will fund Vocare’s outreach and support efforts  Salary for L. Godfrey – ability to drive Vocare goals and services full-time  Financial assistance to members seeking advanced training and certification Helps get their resumes “to the top of the pile”  Psychological counselor and legal council sliding scale and pro bono  Administrative costs  No meeting facility costs donated by Ascension Lutheran Church

16 15 Project Timetable DescriptionStart Date to Completion Date Phase 1 Establish regular meeting schedule and advisorsMarch - Nov 2009 Phase 2 Begin to expand outreach efforts; research, define, and pursue fundraising opportunities; L. Godfrey to run Vocare F/T & begin offering financial support to members Nov 2009 – June 2010 Phase 3 Expand territory and marketing/ outreach and continue fundraising efforts July 2010 – Dec 2010 With the assistance of fiscal sponsor & non-profit incubator:

17 16 Budget (year 1) ResourceBudget Personnel (includes taxes & benefits) 80,000 Client Training/Certification30,000 Program/Fundraising15,000 Operating Expenses3,800 Fiscal Sponsor Fee (fiscal operations, administration, funds management) 13,300 Total Cost$142,100

18 17 Key Personnel Project management leader Project management leader Counseling support Counseling support  Legal  Mental health  Career development Spiritual Support Spiritual Support Director, Lauren Godfrey Pastor Steve Herder Psychologist, Helen Edler Pastor Tim Delkeskamp Pro bono Legal Council

19 18 Evaluation Visions Made Viable Visions Made Viable  Board of Directors  Individual VMV representative  Monthly Financial Statements  Accountant  By Year 2 Vocare Board of Directors

20 19 Testimonials Participating in Vocare has made me more aware of the spiritual, emotional and faith based needs of job applicants during a job search or career transition. Being able to provide encouragement and direction to others in a Christian-based employment network and support group bring me fulfillment and satisfaction in a "Pay It Forward" manner. Jan Younger

21 20 Testimonials I first read about Vocare (“What are you called to do”) Networking Support Group in my church’s weekly bulletin. I’ve been looking for a full-time job for the past 37 months and have been blessed with consulting projects showing up at the “right” time. I went to Vocare thinking I could share what I’ve been doing in my job search and learn from others as well. Vocare has provided me with new ideas to enhance my job search, and more importantly, an opportunity to fellowship with people going through the same struggles with self-esteem, self-confidence, and whether God is listening to my prayers to land a job. For me, having God back in the center of my job search, which Vocare has played a major role, keeps me grounded in reality and helps with those difficult days on the emotional roller coaster of not having a job. Vocare has helped me realize that my purpose in life and my identity is not defined by my job or lack there of, but by the fact that I am a “loved child of God.” Thank you Vocare! Michael MacDonald

22 21 Testimonials Vocare has been helpful to me beyond the usual job search resources. Like other job seeking networks, it provides tools to help with the "physical" aspects of the search - job leads, help with resumes, interview tips, etc. But the difference for me is that Vocare provides the spiritual and emotional tools needed to help guide me during this time of unemployment. It helps to be with fellow Christians and talk about finding a job beyond just “work” and income. It acknowledges that we should look at our jobs as having a sense of propose and a calling. Vocare allows us a safe environment to grieve the loss of becoming unemployed. Even the simple act of praying for each other takes the job search process to a whole different level. By sharing our pain (and also the positive things that have happened during this time in-transition), the burden is lessened and I feel a sense of comfort. I am SO grateful to Lauren for providing leadership and the Vocare team for supporting me in these uncertain times. The Vocare Networking Support group is truly a blessing to me. Susan Roe

23 22 Thank you!


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