An assumption is often made that being homeless is always linked to an addiction, a criminal record, or a mental disorder rendering a person unable to work. There have always been those who choose to live on the streets because of their inability to cope with society, but more recently, with the economic downturn, we have heard stories of people just down on their luck–laid off, bills too expensive–and honestly searching for work. Now they (and those trying to make a change in their lives) are competing with a different breed for the jobs they are going for–those with degrees and ample experience, with shiny resumes and honed skills in interviewing, searching for jobs they are overqualified for to be able to keep their own homes.

Jobs for Life is a 13 week course that offers job preparedness training to these individuals in order to help leveling the playing field and find gainful employment.