MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT

There’s no getting around it: Employment is as important to a sense of fulfillment and dignity as it is to financial independence. Without it, the lasting abstinence and behavioral change needed to transform lives and empower communities can go lacking.

While living in Recovery Housing, residents can pursue education and job training, learn how best to cope with challenges and setbacks, work through interpersonal relationships, and develop the life skills needed to succeed, including how to conduct an interview, how to dress, and how to behave on the job.

Equally important is the role of Social Enterprise. By enabling support, structure, skill development, and paying jobs, Social Enterprise plays a crucial role in helping those men and women in recovery turn their lives around, mend ties with their families, and help rebuild their local communities.

The return on investment in Social Enterprise is well documented: society accrues a $2.23 benefit for every dollar spent. That return includes things like increased income, less reliance on government programs, and taxes paid when a person is given the chance to work. Beyond the numbers, there’s also a powerful “ripple effect”—what happens to families, communities, workplaces, and ultimately to society when lives previously lost to addiction are recovered and transformed.

One criteria alone spells success or failure for Social Enterprise programs—the ability to train and find meaningful employment for those in recovery. That success depends in turn on the ability to accurately assess the vocational interests, passions, predispositions, knowledge, and skills of the potential employee. Without an accurate assessment, all stakeholders—employer, employee, and those bringing the two together—run the risk not only of momentary disappointment but also a lasting reputational effect that can impede the efforts of everyone involved as well as those who follow.

The numerous highly successful Social Enterprise programs facilitated by The Fletcher Group testify to our accuracy in assessing the skills and aptitude of those we’ve returned to the workforce. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that we’ve also been there throughout the training and preparatory stages, teaching the people we assessed to acquire skills, set goals, plan careers, and fulfill their potential as fully functional members of society.

Our expertise, continually updated over many years and through many projects, ensures the kind of accurate, in-depth career assessment that can lead your clients to a clear understanding of both their strengths and weaknesses so that they make the best

career choice possible. Wise choices, made one person at a time, with the help of our Technical Assistance can do much to enhance the effectiveness and reputation of whatever social enterprise program you may be administering.

Just as your clients need effective support and coaching to fulfill their potential, your organization may need guidance when it comes to building bridges with the private sector. Our unique experience in working with socially aware employers and faith-based initiatives can be invaluable as you work to create the hands-on business training, employment, and leadership opportunities essential to lasting recovery.

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