Jobs for Life – Fall 2017

2 New Classes Starting Fall 2017

One class for ~10 women starting on 10/12/2017 in the Richmond City Justice Center (Jail).
One class for ~10 men starting on 10/12/2017 in the Richmond City Justice Center (Jail).

Please pray for us as we enter into this new season. God is on the move. As we sought the advice of the 9 men in our first class, they literally told us to not stop talking about God. They knew that this class is different from all the other classes they have gone through because they felt the genuine love of the Father through our champions/mentors, instructors and other volunteers. It’s been life-changing for us all. Scripture has come alive to them as the weeks have gone by.

This has been a joint effort of countless people from many churches! All coming together to serve those who are imprisoned. We would love you and your church to be a part of it!

Our Fall and Winter volunteers came from a long list of churches. Someone once said “The best welfare person in a job.” Come help us provide dignity through work by joining us as a volunteer.

Spring Run Presbyterian, Hope Church, Arise RVA, Life Transformation Church, St Giles Church, New Life Empowerment Temple, Great Hope Baptist & Commonwealth Chapel to name some churches represented.

If you think someone you know is interested in participating in this program, please forward this email to them!

Here are a few details…VOLUNTEER NEEDS:


We are looking for male and female champions that would be willing to sacrifice some time to mentor 10 motivated men and 10 motivated women who are part of the REAL program in the Richmond City Justice Center. We are meeting 2x a week – Monday and Thursday from approximately 5-7pm. Because we are going inside the jail there are a variety of restrictions that present us some challenges, but nothing we can’t get through! In an IDEAL world, we would love to have 10 male champions and 10 female champions who could be there for every session, but we realize that is asking a lot. So, we are asking for each champion to commit to at least 1 night a week (Monday or Thursday). We will need to have 15-20 champions to be sure we have 10 each night.


We are also looking for instructors. A facilitator’s guide is provided. It’s a mix of scripture/bible lesson and soft skills like the importance of character, community, body language, and some resume writing and interviewing skills. We have a few instructors, but would like to be sure we have a diverse population of instructors. We hope to pull from our current list of experienced instructors, but we will have room for new volunteers.


We could really use some assistance with administrative functions for both classes. Tracking student data online, prayer requests, etc. Marti is happy to help train this person. They can come into the jail, or not.


If you would like to join the prayer team, we would love to have you join us in praying the participant’s requests, the classes, and more! No need to come to the jail.


  • Background checks will be required by EVERYONE who will work/volunteer in the jail. For those who have recently had one at the jail, they are good for one year. No need to do another. There are very few limitations that would prevent folks from being able to be a part of this program. ex. If previously incarcerated, must have been out for at least 1 year.
  • Jail Orientation is required for ALL who will work/volunteer in the jail.
  • We welcome folks who were previously incarcerated and have been restored and would be willing to share their own experiences and successes, providing hope and healing to the participants.
  • Must be willing to be there by 5:15p, with a start time of 5:30p. Leaving early is possible, but not preferred.
  • No cell phones will be allowed in the jail. And a picture ID is required to enter.
  • There are other limitations that will be shared at orientation, such as if you come in with a pen, etc. You need to be sure you leave with the pen.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us below.`

— DATES of our Winter Classes:

Note: A short orientation and training is also required!

Orientation Dates for All Volunteers:

Have already been conducted.

REVISED Class Schedule for the RCJC

New Dates Class Class Topic Primary Focus
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Class 1 Welcome, Let’s Get Started Orientation, Intro Activities, Values, Goals and Purpose, JfL Benefits and Expectations
Monday,  October 16, 2017 Class 2 Why Should I Take This Journey? Our Value, God’s Design for Work, Roadblock Concepts, Positive Relationships
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Class 3 What Do I Bring to The Table and What do I still need? Supply and Demand, Marketability, Parable of 3 Servants, Employee Assessment, First Impressions
Monday,  October 23, 2017 Class 4 Who is Driving? The Ideal Employee, Character, Joseph as an Ideal Employee, Practice First Impressions
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Class 5 How do I plan my Journey? Vocational Planning – Roadmap for Employment, God’s Plan in our Lives, More Roadblocks, Avoid Negative Body Signals
Monday,  October 30, 2017 Class 6 How do I find my destination? Job Search Techniques,The Bible as a Resume, Effective Resumes, More Vocational Planning, Informational Interviewing, Job Applications
Thursday, November 2, 2017 Class 7 What can I expect when I reach my destination? Employer Expectations, Character in the Workplace, Informational Interview Practice, Parable of the Vineyard Workers
Monday, November 6, 2017 Class 8 What are the physical roadblocks along the Journey? We have used this as a catch up session, since they know who their resources are. Review Graduation Requirements. Midpoint celebration, Communication Skill building
Thursday, November 9, 2017 Class 9 What are the Emotional Roadblocks Along the Journey? Emotional Roadblocks, David’s Story – Man after God’s Own Heart, Forgiveness, Resume Writing
Monday, November 13, 2017 Class 10 What Do I need on the Journey? Part 1 The Character of Ruth, Positive Role Modeling, Interview Strategies and Techniques, Public Speaking
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Class 11 What Do I need on the Journey? Part 2 More on Character, Parable of the Lost Son, 60 sec commericals, Interviewing Strategies, Resume Practice
Monday, November 20, 2017 Class 12 How do I ask for directions? Mock Interview Practice, Employer Expectations, Job Readiness, Answering Difficult Questions, Role Playing
Monday, November 27, 2017 Class 13 How do I know if I’m going in the right direction? Revisit Joseph’s Character, Concept of Faith, Strengthening Character Traits, Decision Making Skills
Thursday, November 30, 2017 Class 14 What happens if I make a wrong turn? Jonah’s Story: Disobeying, Dealing with Anger and Disobedience, Practice Communication Skills, Signs of being Lost, Forgiveness
Monday, December 4, 2017 Class 15 How do I stay on the journey at Work? Employee Evaluations, More about Joseph, Job Readiness and Mobility, Employer Satisfaction, Conflict Resolution, Win-Win Principle
Thursday, December 7, 2017 Class 16 How do I stay on the Journey? Review and Eval, Student Reflection, Character, Progress Reports
Monday, December 11, 2017 Graduation – Men tentative
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Graduation – Women tentative

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