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Meet the staff – Fred Ross

HopeWorks is blessed with caring staff who are committed to our students and helping them succeed. One of those employees is Fred Ross, a student coordinator for Adult Basic Education at all of our corrections sites – including Shelby County Division of Corrections, Shelby County Jail, Jail East…

Meet the staff – Cheryl Ruddy

HopeWorks is blessed with passionate staff who care about our students and want them to succeed. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Ruddy, one of our ESL instructors. Cheryl’s desire to help others and share the love of Christ is infectious, and we’re so grateful she’s…

Employment in the Bible

In the Bible (and today), people’s professions are often used as identifiers – some accompanied by negative connotations. However, there are countless examples of people in the Bible with varying careers who were sought after by Jesus Himself, serving as a reminder that Jesus’ love is unending, unfailing…

HopeWorks’ new organizational structure

A successful internal structure is key to creating a thriving organization. Like the parable of the two builders in Matthew 7:24, the stronger the foundation, the better chance you have at weathering storms. Since our organization was founded, we’ve grown and expanded exponentially. This growth has been an…

Five steps to address workplace conflict

Conflicts naturally arise when you spend time with people. Apart from your family, your coworkers likely see you more than anyone. Arguments or disagreements at the office are commonplace and often unavoidable. How you handle them says a lot about your professional maturity, respect for your place of…

The benefits of AESL as opposed to ESL

One of HopeWorks’ newest programs is Adult English as a Second Language or AESL. These classes assist students in strengthening their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to help them succeed in their daily lives. AESL is a version of ESL classes – an acronym that may be…

It’s National Workforce Development Month!

Did you know that Sept. is National Workforce Development Month? Passed on Aug. 1, 2019, National Workforce Development Month “supports Federal initiatives to promote workforce development” and “acknowledges that workforce development plays a crucial role in supporting workers and growing the economy.” At HopeWorks, workforce development is an…

Our outlook for 2020

The close of a year and the beginning of a new one is an especially beautiful time to reflect on accomplishments and growth. We’re entering a new decade, and leaving behind 10 years of work and progress. This monumental turn-of-the page feels like a critical time to look…