Rethinking Barriers to Employment, WWP’s program designed to help participants overcome barriers to employment, just completed a full workshop series with participants from Love, INC. in Newberg. Since 2004, Love, INC. has worked with local churches to serve thousands of families and individuals in need in the Newberg area. Athlynn Reeves, Regional Ministry Coordinator, worked diligently to recruit six participants who were eager to learn and grow, and more importantly, find meaningful work. Love, INC. contracted with WWP to offer this training.
Robin Windsor, previously employed by WWP and more recently by South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC), is a seasoned Rethinking program facilitator who skillfully delivered Rethinking Barriers to the Love, INC. group. Although retired from workforce development, the offer to facilitate Rethinking Barriers, a program she wholeheartedly believes in, enticed her to facilitate the workshop.
According to Robin, “I didn’t know what to expect on the first day of class or even who would be there; but, I was not disappointed. From the first day, the group dynamics were positive and each participant fully participated, completed all homework and skill and thinking logs.” Robin attributed the group cohesiveness to participants having similar backgrounds including financial, housing, anger, anxiety and PTSD challenges. She witnessed their “lightbulbs” turn on throughout the program as they examined their skills and thinking, and realized what they might need to change to find employment.