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What’s new at HopeWorks?

HopeWorks has been a nonprofit force in Memphis for nearly 35 years. A lot has changed in that time! Whether you’re new to HopeWorks, new to Memphis or have been following for a long time, you may find yourself wondering, “What is HopeWorks actually doing?!” We aim to…

HopeWorks can help beat post-prison statistics

A Prison Policy study found that formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of 27% – that’s higher than the unemployment rate during the Great Depression, which was 25% (prisonpolicy.org). We know that seeking a job post-release isn’t easy and this statistic doesn’t sound promising, but we…

A brief history of HopeWorks in Memphis

HopeWorks, Inc. has been providing hope and opportunity in Memphis for more than 30 years. But tenured organizations such as ours must start somewhere. Let’s dive into a brief history of HopeWorks in Memphis. In 1988, a large gap separated Memphis’ social services and government agencies. From this…

How to Create a Resume and Build References

A required part of many interview processes is submitting a resume. If you don’t have job experience, have spent time out of the workforce, or aren’t sure what to include on your resume, it can be hard to create one that impresses future employers. Even getting started can…

How to find a job in Memphis

After completing the PCD program at HopeWorks, you’ll feel prepared and capable to hold a job. But working is the easy part – getting a job is the challenge! The job hunting process is rarely easy no matter who you are. So, we’ve put together a few steps…

A look at our Prison Ministry

HopeWorks participants come from all walks of life, including the Shelby County Division of Correction. We offer a pre-release program that takes place inside the prison for inmates who will soon be reentering society. This program consists of our standard Personal and Career Development course, as well as…

Are Internships Valuable for Adults?

You’re never too old to start something new. People’s lives and careers are constantly evolving – there’s no map or timeline. That’s why having an internship isn’t just something college kids do to fill their summers. Internships are for people of all ages, and they can be  helpful…

A Morning of Hope 2019

Three decades of radical life change  For 31 years, HopeWorks has forged new paths to provide hope to those who desperately need it. Today, we stand tall knowing that our work is making an impact throughout the Mid-South, and look forward to expanding our reach and deepening our…

Career paths that don’t require a college degree

A job is simply a task that you do to earn money. A career is an employment network with opportunities for growth, increased wages and added stability. Oftentimes, careers are associated with college degrees. But, there are many career paths that don’t require an associate or bachelor’s degree.…