The Phoenix Rescue Mission has developed a new program called Glendale Works dedicated to helping the homeless.
The Glendale program works to give homeless people the tools and skills they need to get off the street, find employment and believe in themselves.
Gabe Priddy, street outreach case manager assistant for Glendale Works, sees the efforts of the program firsthand.
The Glendale Works program operates by picking up homeless people from the city at 6:45 a.m. and puts them to work for a five-hour day. The program pays these individuals $55 a day for their labor.
“In the very beginning, obviously, the thing it helps them with is it puts a little money in their pocket,” Priddy said. “But I’ve seen where they come in pretty defeated.
“I’m always encouraging them. Along the way they start to believe in themselves a little bit,” he said.
The encouragement from Priddy gives participants the confidence they need to build up their self-esteem.
Beyond the ability to work through the Glendale Works program, Priddy said there was also required case management and plenty of resources for finding housing, getting a job or any of the life necessities that the participants may need.
During the seven weeks that Glendale Works has been operating, Priddy has seen one person get off the street and move to a halfway house while securing a job. Another has reunited with some friends, moved and found a job. Another woman was able to find housing and is just waiting for the inspection to be done so she can move in.
The results of the Glendale Works program are impressive as the organization is using a day of labor to motivate the homeless while providing them reassurance that they can transform their life and have the lifestyle that they previously enjoyed.