Vocational Development

For people in recovery, a huge challenge to finding long-term success is landing a steady job and becoming financially self-sufficient. When your past includes addiction, prison, and other trauma, that’s a tall task. But the Mission’s Vocational Development program makes it possible. Just ask Richard . . .

Richard says the program gave him practical skills and a ton of confidence — both crucial needs when looking for work.

“The Vocational Development program helped me to overcome my fear of rejection, and realize my potential,” he says. Richard now works part-time in the program, which he says “gives me a chance to give back to the community that has given me so much.”

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Vocational Development program is available for free both to guests of the mission and to members of the community who are in need. Vocational training workshops are held every Friday at 1 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The program addresses the need for financial stability through employment readiness, vocational training, and job placement. The program incorporates eight core components:

  • Basic literacy skills
  • Essential life competencies
  • GED preparation
  • Trade/college readiness
  • Job counseling
  • Career preparation
  • Apprenticeship
  • Job placement

After giving each client an initial assessment, program director Rhonda Blake gives each a customized curriculum. “The program is individually paced, so we meet them right where they are,” she says. “Clients are actually hopeful for the first time in their lives — that they’re not going to be homeless, that they can achieve academic goals, and that they’re going to find work. And because they’re seeing hope, I am too.”

Want to see the life transformation for yourself? We give tours of our facilities every month and we'd love to have you join us! Groups are welcome. See the Tour Schedule