A felony conviction, chronic homelessness or extreme poverty are difficult hurdles to overcome when searching for work. Disclosure of these circumstances during an interview can often end an interviewee’s chance of getting hired. Thankfully, Our Daily Bread Employment Center has connected with businesses and nonprofits that understand those challenges do not define the interviewee.

On Nov. 6, Our Daily Bread Employment Center thanked the companies and nonprofits who are “champions of change” with its annual employer appreciation breakfast.

“These companies and nonprofits saw past this barrier and gave those individuals a chance,” said Christine Gedim, manager of client/employment services at Our Daily Bread Employment Center. “The end result is that many employers find stellar employees.” 

Not only that: individuals who experienced significant barriers to employment find work that is meaningful and provides a better chance of self-sufficiency.

At the breakfast, Johns Hopkins Medicine was recognized as the Employer of the Year. Hopkins Human Resources Career Coach Monet Horton accepted the award from Our Daily Bread Employment Center Job Specialist Pamela Johnson. Just this year, Our Daily Bread Employment Center helped eight individuals find jobs at Johns Hopkins.   

The Champion of Change award went to Premium Parking. That company partners with Our Daily Bread Client Services and Christopher Place Employment Academy to hire and train individuals from those programs. 

Our thanks to each below business for giving individuals a chance at finding meaningful work.

  • Johns Hopkins Training Program
  • Second Chance
  • Future Care
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Premium Parking
  • Vehicles for Change