A lack of work contributes to poverty, crime, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, unplanned pregnancies, divorce, and suicide. By helping students discover and experience the dignity of work, ELEVATE WORK brings hope to the hopeless and helps break these destructive behavioral cycles caused by perpetual unemployment.

ELEVATE WORK students discover the importance and dignity of work. They learn communication and problem-solving skills, gain confidence for interviews, create a resume, and better understand what employers need and want in their best employees. It connects the unemployed and underserved population of our community with the necessary tools to uncover and overcome the roadblocks which are keeping them from finding and keeping a job they enjoy.



of Elevate Work graduates are employed.


of Elevate Work graduates move from homelessness or a motel room, to permanent housing.

ELEVATE WORK partners with several local employers to secure guaranteed interviews for program graduates. Many of these partners also provide mentors, panel participants, and mock interviewers to help students during class sessions.

2024 ELEVATE WORK Class Dates

January 8, March 25, & September 9

  • Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday night from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Each session is 9 weeks, for a total of 18 classes.
  • Childcare, dinner, and transportation are available for students.
In addition to Elevate Work, Financial Literacy classes and Computer Basics courses are available to both program participants and the public. Financial Literacy class equips individuals with tools and tactics to assist with budgeting, saving, and maximizing financial potential. Computer Basics class offers instructor-led tutorials on how to navigate Microsoft Word, Excel, and basic computer functions. Seats are limited! Contact Donna McConkey at [email protected] for details and availability.


Steady and satisfying employment is the most consistent and long-lasting path out of poverty. This workforce development program engages employees and employers to improve results for both.

Class Sponsor $1,000:  Supports classroom learning, mentoring, and hands-on workplace experiences.

Kids Class Sponsor $500:  Parents in the class can bring their children to learn and be cared for too.

Student Sponsor $100:  Make this program possible and keep costs affordable for participants.


Completed the Elevate Work program and looking for a job? Elevate Work graduates are guaranteed  an interview at the following businesses!