October 9, 2013 — Sober Living Program Clients Learn Job Skills

Stephen-Kealoha-resumeClients in Malama Family Recovery Center’s Sober Living Program (SLP) recently completed a Job Training Course led by Stephen Kealoha, a former Board Member for the nonprofit that provides comprehensive substance abuse services for women and children through education, prevention, treatment and referral and is the only agency on the island that allows clients to have children living with them while getting help.

The SLP provides a safe, substance-free living environment for women either recently discharged from residential treatment or in the early recovery phase. The seven SLP clients began the Job Training Course by setting short and long-term personal, financial, educational and employment goals and learning about smart money management from former Board Member and investment services professional, Randol Leach. The women then prepared to reenter the job market by reviewing job applications, preparing and revising their resumes, exploring employment search opportunities and learning about proper interviewing techniques. Kealoha also took clients to visit the State Workforce Development Division in Wailuku to familiarize them with the vast array of resources available to job seekers.

The last of the seven sessions included mock job interviews followed by feedback and evaluation. “It is important that these women have equal footing in the job market because they need to be able to find stability as they continue with their recovery process,” said Kealoha. “Malama not only wants to help women get better physically and emotionally, but wants to make sure they can rebuild their lives and strengthen their families, and having a steady job is a critical step in that direction.”

A client who found employment during the Course has already received a promotion at her new job, and after the Course ended last month one client was hired almost immediately while two others have had job interviews. One client said that setting personal and educational goals was eye-opening because “for the first time I really started to think about where I wanted to go and what kind of future I wanted. I realized I had never set long term goals for myself, and now I feel like I have direction and something I can work towards.”