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Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 8, 2016







CONTENTS


Monday, August 08, 2016
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

1
Pastor's Sermon & Prayer Requests

2
Call to Action: (a) Capital Campaign, (b) Kenyan Mission, (c ) Friendship Academy, (d) Marketing, (e) Social  Media Contact Links

3
This Week's Schedule - (a) Mon, (b) Tue, (c ) Wed, (d) Thurs., (e) Fri, (f) Sat, (g) Sun

4
Upcoming Engagements/Event Dates

5
Other Announcements - (a) Birthdays, (b) Isaiah






1
Scripture & Prayer Requests

1a
Acts 16:31


Amplified Bible (AMP)


31  And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].”




1b
Prayer List (Chaplains - E. Paster, J. Brown, J. Champs)




Anyone want to be added?

Please send an email to with subject "Prayer List" to:



Prayer Line Request?


Prayer offered day or night, 24 hour availability for prayer


Call: 612-559-0061








2
Call to Action!

2a
Sunday August 28th - All Tithers Day!



2b
Submit Your Healthy Soul Food Recipes to "GREATER COOKING"!



2c
Kenyan Mission Pledge Drive!



2d
Friendship Academy Now Enrolling K-6!




2e
South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels!


Thanks for supporting 2016 Taste of Friendship!
Get Hot Meals Delivered!





2f
Market Your Ministry Events!


Contact GFMBC Marketing Team:  Marketing@greatfriend.org


● Need posters, flyers, announcements, event marketing (Click on Link Below 2 Start)?










2g





























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Monday, August 08, 2016
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

3a
Monday, August 08, 2016




6:00 PM
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Hospitality Ministry Meeting




1st Monday of Month


6:30 PM
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Usher Ministry Meeting




2nd Monday of Month




3b
Tuesday, August 09, 2016









7:00 PM
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PACT II (Friendship Community Services)




Support Services Meeting


For those reestablishing lives disrupted by:

incarceration or addiction



(New Members Classroom)




Email: fcs2600@gmail.com











7:00 PM
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Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407








7:00 PM
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Education Equity Team Meeting




GFMBC Friendship Hall




[4th Tuesday of Month]






3c
Wednesday, August 10, 2016




10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Sunday School focused Bible Study & Prayer Service








Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org






Wednesday Night Bible Study Start Date Coming Soon!




3d
Thursday, August 11, 2016






● Tune in to soarradio.com




● Or download Live365 Radio App on your Smartphone




6:00 PM
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Men of Praise Rehearse!




[Thursday b4 2nd & 4th Sunday]







6:00 PM
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Young People of Praise (YPOP) Practice!




[Thursday b4 2nd Sunday]







6:30 PM
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Faith Bible Institute Registration Open!




Classes Begin 3rd Thursday in August!






Thursday FBI Classes Begin August 18th!


7:00 PM
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Fortress Rehearsal




[Thursday b4 2nd Sunday]





6:30 PM
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"Teacher I Want to Be" Training




[1st Thursday of the Month]






3e
Friday, August 12, 2016













3f
Saturday, August 13, 2016

2nd Saturday







10:00 AM
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Jr. Usher Training!




[Saturdays b4 2nd Sunday]


11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
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Praise Dance Ministry Resumes!




2:00 PM
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MSBC Choir Rehearsal @ Progressive BC




1505 Burns Ave, St Paul, MN 55106

3g
Sunday, August 14, 2016

2nd Sunday





6:00 AM
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Bro Pete Rhodes Presents: "Urban Perspectives"




Comcast Channel 937 BMA Networks










7:30 AM
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Song review & Devotion




Deacon Brown Choir Room


8:00 AM
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Call to Worship --- Ministers


8:05 AM
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Devotion --- Deacons/Deaconesses


8:20 AM
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Men of Praise Sing!




Attire:


Sermon
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Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell, Sr. Pastor





8:59 AM
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Email: NewMembers@greatfriend.org




Facilitated by Executive Pastor, Eddie Bolden







9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Marriage Ministry Presents…




Marriage Built to Last: Living Intentionally & Loving Biblically




Email: MarriedMinistry@greatfriend.org




Facilitated by Rev. L. Wilder & Sis. Jean Wilder






9:01 AM
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Sunday School - 




Email: SundaySchool@greatfriend.org










9:30 AM
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GYE (Greater Youth Experience)




[3rd Sundays]





10:00 AM
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Bro Pete Rhodes Presents: "Urban Perspectives"




Comcast Channel 937 BMA Networks






10:00 AM
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Call to Worship --- Ministers


10:05 AM
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TAKOVER (Youth - Fortress) Opens Service!




[2nd Sundays]


10:10 AM
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Devotion --- Jr. Deacons/Deaconesses


10:15 AM
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Fortress & YPOP Choirs Sing!


Sermon
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Rev. Dr. Billy G. Russell, Sr. Pastor




Invitation




Closing with Altar Prayer














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Thursday, August 18, 2016




6:30 PM
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MSBC Choir @ Progressive BC




1505 Burns Ave, St Paul, MN 55106


Friday, August 19, 2016




6:45 AM
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MSBC Choir Featured on WCCO!







August 18 - 20, 2016




6 PM - 9 PM Thursday
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Minnesota State Baptist Convention


6 PM - 9 PM Friday
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Preaching & Teaching Conference


9 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday
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Dr. Elliot Mallroy-Greene




Greater Friendship MBC




2600 East 38th Street, Mpls, MN 55406












Saturday, August 20, 2016




10 AM - 2 PM
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Community Clothing Giveaway & FREE LUNCH!




August 18 - 20, 2016




6:30 PM Saturday, Aug 20
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MSBC Choir @ Azusa Now Minnesota




Wesley Historic Site - 101 E. Grand St




Minneapolis, MN


4 PM Sunday, Aug 21
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CD Release | We R Better Together


7 PM Monday, Aug 22
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Usher Aux. | Dr. Earl Miller


7 PM Tuesday, Aug 23
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Laymen | Dr. Jerry McAfee


7 PM Wednesday, Aug 24
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Ministers' Wives, Widows, & Women's Aux.




Pastor Madalyn Fields


7 PM Thursday, Aug 25
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President's Night | President Russell


7 PM Friday, Aug 26
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Associate Ministers | Rev. Charles Yates




Progressive Baptist Church




1505 Burns Ave, St. Paul, MN




Dr. Earl Miller, Sr. Pastor








Saturday, August 27, 2016




8:00 AM
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Usher Ministry Annual Walk & Bike Ride!




Lake Nakomis




Everyone is invited to attend!





Sun, Aug 26 - Wed, Aug 29, 2016






MN State Baptist Convention




Titus 2 Women's Retreat at Sea




Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines




Sailing to Bahamas




Cabin Deposit due August 16th




Deposit $100 per person with 2 people per cabin




August 26-29, 2016




Tuesday, October 11, 2016




7:00 PM
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Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407










Tuesday, December 13, 2016




7:00 PM
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Deacons, Deaconesses, & Mothers Outreach




GFMBC Can Come!




Providence Place




3720 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407




















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Other Announcements



5a
Birthdays!


Happy Birthday to those born


in the month of 
August





Thank You & God bless!!






5b





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Security Officer
Multiple Positions Available!
Minneapolis Area


COME MEET US
Thursday, August 11th, 2016

8:00 am to 6:00 pm
40 S. 7th Street Suite 211
Minneapolis, MN 55402

                                                                                                                                                                         Apply online before event:

Search by Location: Minneapolis, MN

NOW HIRING in the following areas:
Minneapolis, St. Paul, Shakopee, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Rochester, White Bear Lake, Maplegrove, Eagan, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Marshall, Willmar, Benson, Winona, St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Center, Eden Prairie, Cloquet, Pelican Rapids & Baxter, MN
Nikka BurnettHR Recruiting Specialist  G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.City Center Building
40 S. 7th Street Suite 211 Minneapolis, MN 55402

O- 651-482-192 C- 651-212-8977
 F- 651-484-9091
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Hello Everyone!

Our next job fair is next Wednesday, August 17th at The Earle Brown Heritage Center,
6155 Earle brown drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We will have over 65 employers looking to fill immediate openings for a wide variety of jobs. Employers are
anxious to meet with any candidates ready to work! There are many opportunities available for currently employed
individuals to find better jobs, with higher wages! Over 100 people were hired at our June 15th event.

I have attached our job fair flyer, volunteer sign-up form, map and exhibitor list for this job fair.
A supply of our job fair flyers and posters have been delivered to your agencies for use in promoting this event.

Please make sure you communicate this information to all of your staff and clients.

Jeff Hardin
Hennepin County Job Fair Coordinator

e-mail: jeffhardin1@msn.com
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Awesome news!!! Our client in Plymouth has increased their pay for the Temp to Hire positions.  Please post and share with as many as possible. 
Multiple openings on each shift but with the new pay rates I have a feeling they will fill fast.

Stephanie Matteson, CSP
Recruiter
The Vision Companies
Visit us online at www.MyVisionCo.com |P: 763.428.2926 | F: 866.903.8929
Rogers, MN| P: 763.428.2926 | Blaine, MN|P: 763.447.2103 | Bloomington, MN | P: 952.888.6077
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Hello  Hillary,

HealthStar Home Health (First Nations Home Health, Circle of Life & Sagrado Corazon) has many available part-time job opportunities for Home Health Aid (HHA) care providers, starting wage: $13.50/hour and PCA and Homemakers starting wage: $10.50/hour. These positions are for the Stillwater, Woodbury and Cottage Grove, MN areas. Must be 18 years of age or older.

They are also hiring RN skills Case Managers, MinnesotaWorks.net Job ID# 8929346 and a RN Clinical Manager. They are also looking for a full-time Branch Manager (preference is an applicant with at least 5 years management experience. Experience in homecare or the medical industry is a plus.) for their Minneapolis office located at 1099 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

·         Background check
·         Driver’s License preferred
·         Must be 18 years of age or older
·         Bilingual folks are encouraged to apply
·         Training is provided

Job seekers interested in applying should submit an online application and may contact the employer directly.


HealthStar Home Health
Contact: Xaulanda Simmonds-Emmanuel
1508 East Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Main Phone: 612-871-3700

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Minneapolis Hiring Expo With Minnesota Twins
Thursday, September 1
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403
 Event Schedule:

9:30 a.m. 
Employment Workshop

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Hiring Fair
 Join us for a military and veteran job fair open to all current and former service members, veterans, and military spouses at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event is being held in partnership with the Medal of Honor Convention being held in the Twin Cities in October of 2016.
All registered veterans and military spouses are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend the evening's game between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox.
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NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE 
JOB DESCRIPTION/ANNOUNCEMENT   Position Title:  Home Ownership Advisor 

Position Reports to: Associate Director    
Employee Status:       Full-time, non-exempt                  

Mission: NeDA builds affordable housing and empowers communities to create sustainability through financial education and guidance. 

Primary Function:  NeDA is currently seeking a bilingual (Spanish – English) full-time Home Ownership Advisor who will work primarily with the Latino community and be responsible for home buyer education and pre-purchase counseling services.  
Major Areas of Responsibility: Meet with families and or individuals and provide pre-purchase counseling, which may include; budgeting, credit report review, determine affordability 
Organize, promote and facilitate homebuyer education workshops 
Maintain current information on available home mortgage products and down payment assistance programs 
Network with lenders, Realtors, community based organizations by seeking their referral of first time homebuyers 
Provide additional services as needed, which may include; post purchase counseling; referrals for home rehab financing and refinancing options. 
Assume other responsibilities to support NeDA's mission and strategic objectives. 
Qualifications: 
Strong case management skills Computer proficiency and the ability learn new programs Familiarity with the mortgage lending process Must be Bi-lingual in Spanish  

Compensation Package: 
Salary Range:    $35,000 - $40,000 per year based on experience. Benefit Package:  Health, dental, long-term disability, and a retirement savings program. 

Send resume with 3 references to NeDA, 481 S. Wabasha, St. Paul, MN 55107, Attn. Maritza Mariani.

You may also submit materials electronically to Maritza Mariani at mmariani@nedahome.org   

More information about NeDA can be found at our website: www.nedahome.org.  
  


Kenwood Senior living today in Mpls. It is just off Henn. Ave. 825 Summit is the address. They have openings for CNA, possible Dietary aide and an on call front desk position. Call for applications if you want one.
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Upcoming Mortenson Construction Job Fair  
Tuesday, August 16
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Minnesota WorkForce Center - Minneapolis South
777 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Mortenson Construction is holding
a job fair to fill positions for
community solar projects
throughout Minnesota.
On-the-spot hiring
for electrical pre-apprenticeship
program candidates
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Respir-Tech Hiring Day
August 11, 2016 10 am- 1:00 pm   Roseville Library
2180 Hamline Ave. N
Roseville, MN 55113
Recruiters from RespirTech in Roseville will be at the Roseville Library on Thursday 8.11.16 from 10:00-1:00 to recruit for several professional positions.
Please dress for a solid first impression, bring a professional resume and have a look at the jobs and company website before you get here!
Current Positions
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Friendly Reminder:
Back to School Celebration Event
FREE School Supplies
Bruce Vento Elementary School Playground
409 Case Ave
WEDNESDAY, August 31, 2016
4:30pm-7:30pm
This Event Includes: School Supplies, Community Resources, Haircuts, Family Fun-Filled Activities, Games and Food.
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BANKING HIRING EVENT
Tuesday, August 16th
9am – 12pm
Hennepin South (Bloomington) WorkForce Center
Considering a career in banking? Interested in a new career? Learn how to utilize your past skills to explore potential career opportunities in banking.
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The City of Minneapolis Police Department is hiring 
They have an upcoming information session on August 16, 2016. Attached is the job announcement which provides the location and time of the information session.  
CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS  invites applications for the position of:
Police Cadet SALARY: $20.02 - $20.02 Hourly  JOB TYPE: Full-time DEPARTMENT: Police Department LOCATION: Special Operations Center (SOC), 4119 DuPont Avenue North, Minneapolis CLOSING DATE: 08/19/16 11:59 PM POSTING TYPE: Open to the public POSITION DESCRIPTION: Attends and successfully completes a program in law enforcement with a department authorized institution for the purpose of meeting the academic and technical skills requirements of the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board.
 Cadets hired will be promoted to Police Officer upon successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Board academic, skills requirements, completion of academy and successfully meet the academy fitness standards. Current salary range for Police Officer begins at $56,097 per year, with the final step at $71,593 per year.  Cadets hired must commit to three years of employment with the Minneapolis Police Department following their promotion to Police Officer or pay back, on a pro-rated basis, the costs of the tuition paid by the department for the academic training and/or the skills course.  Failure to successfully complete the Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board licensing exam and meet the academy fitness standards at the end of academy may result in termination.
Supplemental documents will not be accepted by email, fax or in person. All documents must be uploaded and submitted with your on-line application. 
This exam is being offered to establish a list to fill vacancies as they may occur. 
INFORMATION SESSION (optional): The Minneapolis Police Department has prepared a detailed information session which you are highly encouraged to attend. Attendance is optional for all
applicants or potential applicants. Registration is NOT required. Each session will last up to 1.5 hours. We will highlight and discuss the following:
 Application process and educational requirements  Fitness Exam details  Background Investigation information  Oral Exam expectations  Medical, psychological, and drug & alcohol testing  Cadet Academy and Education Program
Dates:
 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 6pm  Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 6pm
Location: Emergency Operation Training Facility (EOTF) 25 37th Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55421 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Must be at least 18 years of age by January 1, 2017
EDUCATION: An Associate or Bachelor Degree earned or awarded prior to September 26, 2016 in any field from a regionally accredited college or university is required. 
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FREE IT TRAINING
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PATHWAYS
Classes at both Harmony Learning Center in N St Paul and Silver View Education Center in Mounds View.
Classes designed to meet computer training needs from beginning fundamental skill certificates through CompTIA A+ and Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist. Semester length classes start in September. Space is limited! 
Call Brent in Mounds View (651)621-6250 or Scott in North St Paul (651)748-6208
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Pillsbury United Communities
Hiring and Training Fair
JOB FAIR LOCATION
Harrison Recreation Center
503 Irving Avenue North
Minneapolis

Public Transit: Bus Routes 9 and 19
Parking: Free Parking at Harrison Recreation Center
WHAT TO BRING
Government issued ID
Multiple copies of your resume
A list of professional references
And remember to dress
professionally!
Culinary, hospitality, health care, and construction job openings and training program information available.
Harrison Recreation Center
Thursday, August 18 • 3-6pm
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Flagstone Foods On-Site Hiring Event to be held on 8/11/2016 
Where: Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
450 Syndicate Street N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
When: Thursday, August 11
Time: 10:00 AM –12:00 PM
Call: Carmen Mask, Project Success, at 651-603-5848 to schedule a meeting with Flagstone Foods
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It’s back-to-school time and it’s no secret that the cost of school supplies can add up fast. Thankfully, Minnesota helps families afford school supplies by offering tax benefits like the Minnesota K-12 Education Credit/Subtraction. These benefits can increase a tax refund up to $1,000 or lower the amount of tax owed.
However, many parents don’t know about this program so aren't saving their receipts from educational expenses to claim the credit at tax time. Expenses include notebooks, pencils, musical instruments, textbooks, educational field trips, and more!
Will you remind the families you work with to save their receipts during back to school time?
Have a great rest of the summer,
-- Christine & Taylor
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Save the Date:

READY FOR SUCCESS
End of Season Sale
Clothing and accessories at Fantastic Prices

Open to the Public

Friday, September 9th   9am-4pm
Thousands of items

Jewelry $1 Shoes $2 Suits $10 Bottoms $4 Shirts $3 Coats $10 All Sales Final

BAG SALE:
Saturday, Sept 10 9am-11am Fill a grocery bag for $5

Location 815 E.  Franklin Ave, Mpls, MN  55404

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Ramsey County, MN - Saint Paul, MN
$37,715.00 - $55,193.17 a year
To assist Employment Guidance Counselors in providing services to program participants; To reinforce the job seeking and work skills that Employment Guidance...
Aug 9
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EVERYONE is welcome and invited to attend our job fairs every Wednesday at HAP 1075 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN 55106

SMX STAFFING – Industrial

FED EX- Package Sorter watchasort.com

Calavo Salsa Lisa- Veg sauce prod Op Asst. or factory Sanitation jeffreyc@calavo.com


Arch Language Network -interpreters – all languages! http://www.archlanguage.com/careers.html

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FYI - The City of Maplewood has an interesting job at the intersection of non-profit outreach, coordination, youth work and the arts:


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Hillary,

You had asked if I had a list of your Clients hired by LSG Sky Chefs.
I have compiled a list below of numerous people who I can recall, and off of our Job Tracker, but I feel like there are more names.
If I have missed any of your Clients, please let me know and I can add them to the list to look up current employment status with us.

Have a great day!

Thank You,

Jessica Schermerhorn
CSC Recruiter
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LSG Sky Chefs
Sky Chefs, Inc.
MSP
3100 East 73rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55450
United States
Phone: 612-970-9452
E-mail: jessica.schermerhorn@lsgskychefs.com

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Dungarvin, Inc. hiring event on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Family Service Center – 7051 Brooklyn Blvd., Room 200, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.

Dungarvin provides and coordinates direct services and healthful lifestyle support to individuals with mental health, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, medical and personal concerns. Dungarvin, Inc. is hiring DIRECT SUPPORT STAFF (DSS) to provide routine care for persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Full time and part time positions available.

Requirements:
·         Must have computer skills to document activities
·         Effective verbal and written communication skills in English
·         Valid driver's license
·         Auto liability coverage
·         Acceptable criminal background and driving record
Dress professionally, bring your resume and references to learn more about this exciting opportunity.  No appointment is needed, and everyone is welcome! This event is sponsored by Hennepin County Eligibility and Work Services (EWS).

What: Dungarvin, Inc. Hiring Event
Where: Northwest Family Service Center – 7051 Brooklyn Blvd., Room 200, Brooklyn Center, MN
When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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This page has the status of Section 8 Voucher and Public Housing waiting lists in the Twin Cities. Click on the links below to see details of each open waiting list.


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Job Title:
Company:
Experience:
Open
Salary:
$11.00-$12.00
Job Location:
Shakopee, MN; Chaska, MN; Bloomington, MN

Sorting through recyclables Standing long periods of time repetitive motions No heavy lifting Must be 18 No Background Check 1st shift 6 30am 3 00pm $11.00/hr 2nd Shift 3 30pm 12am $12.00/hr...

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UPS will be at the Woodbury Workforce Center on Wednesday, August 17th10am-12pm
They currently are recruiting Package Handlers, Automotive Mechanics, Tractor Trailer Drivers, Package Delivery Drivers.

They will also be at the Cottage Grove Workforce Center next Tuesday, August 16th 1pm-3pm.

Robin J. Hakari
WFC Resource Room Specialist
Washington County Workforce Center
2150 Radio Drive
Woodbury MN 55125
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New Leaf workshop to be held at the North Minneapolis WorkForce Center on Friday, August 26, 2016. Space is limited. The New Leaf job seekers’ workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Participants are obligated to attend the full workshop, and early departures will not be permitted.

THE NEW LEAF WORKSHOP:  Is designed specifically for job seekers who must address a criminal record in their job search process and who are realizing difficulty obtaining employment due to their barriers and criminal records.  This class combines our nationally recognized Creative Job Search platform and adds special strategies, unique to the ex-offender,  for addressing and overcoming barriers to employment, including how, when, & why to disclose your record, addressing concerns from employers, answering tough interview questions, WOTC, and Federal Bonding programs, and  “Ban the Box” concerns.

Participants can register for this workshop on-line at: http://mn.gov/deed/job-seekers/workforce-centers/workshops/metro-workshops.jsp or by calling the North Minneapolis WorkForce Center at: 612-520-3500.

****Note: If a customer is interested in attending the New Leaf class, they must first have a minnesotaworks.net log-in ID and a Password in order to register for this specific workshop.

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Minnesota is home to more than 400,000 immigrants and refugees. The majority live in the Twin Cities. Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities looks at the experiences of Hmong, Karen, Latino, Liberian, and Somali immigrants and refugees living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.   

The Latino population makes up the largest foreign-born population in Minnesota. About 7 percent of people living in in the Twin Cities are Latino. The vast majority of these immigrants originate from Mexico, although Minnesota is also home to Latino immigrants from many other Central and South American countries. About 40 percent, or nearly 100,000, are foreign-born.
Hmong refugees began arriving in Minnesota in the 1970s and 1980s following the Vietnam War, with a smaller second wave arriving in the early 2000s as a result of the closing of a refugee camp in Thailand. The Twin Cities metropolitan area is now home to over 64,000 Hmong residents, making it one of the largest Hmong populations in the country. Karen refugees have recently begun to settle in Minnesota fleeing the violence of the Burmese civil war. At least 3,000 refugees have settled in the Twin Cities;  85 percent came to the U.S. within the last 10 years. 

Somali and Liberian refugees came to the United States following civil wars in their countries. Somali refugees first started arriving in the U.S. in large numbers during the 1990s. An estimated 32,000 or more Somalis reside in Minnesota, which makes it the largest Somali community in the United States. Over 10,000 foreign-born Liberian refugees have settled in the Twin Cities. About 80 percent have arrived within the last 15 years. 

Participants report the main challenges to getting a job for their cultural communities include language barriers (47%) and needing more education (30%); immigration status is a community challenge according to two-thirds of Latino respondents but none of the other cultural communities. 

Other problems noted by a substantial number of respondents include: lack of reliable transportation (11%), discrimination (7%), lack of work experience (6%), lack of motivation or commitment (6%), lack of soft skills (6%), lack of job/technical skills (5%), and inability to complete the application or lack of interviewing skills (5%).  Language barriers “Language barriers: they don't have networks. They don't know where/how to search for jobs. Some of the jobs require English skills.”
– Karen respondent  “One of the reasons will be our qualification, our language and our culture because sometimes the people don't understand us [referring to the differences in the Liberian English accent and the Minnesotan English accent].” – Liberian respondent 

Education “Lack of education…too humble to boast on his talent.” – Hmong respondent  “Not having educational degrees and lack of understanding American job culture.” – Somali respondent 

Immigration status “Discrimination and legal work status.” – Latino respondent  “We are undocumented. We are smart and we know a lot, but no papers.” – Latino respondent   
Transportation challenges “Transportation – some don’t have a car so they have to quit their job and some are not offered the job because they don’t have reliable transportation.” – Karen respondent “We need to get or find employer who is willing to hire limited English cultures and also if they could provide general transportation that will be very helpful because some employers they do ask if we have transportation or not.” – Somali respondent
  
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Are you committed to helping make sure all eligible Minneapolis residents are able to cast their ballots? Do you want to be part of a team that welcomes all voters and provides an excellent voting experience for all our residents? Are you available to work full time starting in September? We need you!

Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services will be hiring approximately 50 elections support staff ahead of the General Election. These seasonal positions will require 32-40+ hours per week, and start dates will be on September 12 and run through November 18. The pay rate begins at $17.57/hour, and these roles may require staff to work weekends, evenings, and long hours on occasion. Applicants with fluency in Somali, Hmong, or Spanish are highly desirable.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online through the City of Minneapolis Job Openings website. The application is available now and will only be posted through Friday, August 12. Here is the direct link to the posting:Seasonal Elections Support Specialist I. Please consider passing this information along to others you know who may be interested as well.


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