Work and Learn Inc.

Volunteers helping the unemployed transform their lives!

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

WHO? Work&Learn classes are for any adult who needs a job or a better job. Women and men meet together for instruction and separately for small group discussion.

WHAT? Classes meet for two hours, one night every week, for 13 weeks. The mentoring and training curriculum is called Keys and Steps to Personal and Professional Success. Keys are Biblical principles that contribute to success in relationships and in the workplace. Steps are actions that contribute to success changing careers, job searching, and on the job.

WHEN?  See EVENTS for up to date information.

WHERE? Recent classes have been at:

  • Huntington Street Baptist Church, 29 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320
  • Pleasant Valley Community of Prayer & Praise, 20 Grove Ave., Groton, CT 06340
  • Church of the City, 268 State St., New London, CT 06320
  • Church of the City, 35 Redden Avenue, New London, CT 06320

  • Cornerstone City Church, 248 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360

WHY? On average, it costs less than $300 for Work&Learn to mentor, train, and help employ and retain a person who has been challenged getting or holding a job. Without this help, two-thirds of ex-offenders commit additional crimes and recidivate, costing up to $50,000 each year for incarceration. Without this help, homeless are being turned away daily from overcrowded homeless shelters in New London. With this help, recovering addicts achieve employment which is usually essential to sustain their recovery.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO TAKE WORK&LEARN CLASSES? No. Work&Learn is Bible-based. We do not screen. Mentoring and training classes are open to anyone who is willing and able to attend and participate actively. To turn anyone away would not be Christian.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP IN WORK&LEARN CLASSES? No. Some volunteers focus primarily on giving employment assistance rather than spiritual counseling. Participants also need help during the week taking steps to improve their lives.

WHY DO YOU SPEND ABOUT ONE-HALF OF THE CLASS TIME ON BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES AND ONE-HALF ON CAREER ASSISTANCE AND JOB PLACEMENT? 

It’s critical that people be prepared to succeed when they get a job.

Graduates report that spiritual strengthening helps them the most.

This occurs because of:

  • Testimonies from classmates who have had their lives transformed
  • Inspired teaching by a dozen different skilled and committed pastors
  • Spiritual mentors who are there to help
  • Work advisors serving as friends
  • Small group discussions bringing out and dealing honestly with personal issues

As a result, Participants gain strength and confidence and take practical steps to change their lives. We do encourage people to believe the One revealed in the Bible. The results can be judged by the retention rates and promotions gained by graduates at their new jobs.

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HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER? Give us a call at 860-501-9675. Attend one of our classes to see what goes on. When you meet participants, you will want to come again. Email us at worknlearninc@gmail.com. Join this website.

WHAT CHURCH SPONSORS WORK & LEARN? Many. Work&Learn is inter-denominational. Pastors and volunteers from dozens of churches instruct and mentor. Several churches host classes.

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