Labor Day 2014

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Labor Day has arrived.

Many children are back in school already, the rest of them go back tomorrow.

I wanted to just take a moment to tell you about some great work taking place in our community. While the national economy lags and Texas helps lead the way, there is still no disputing the facts that we are being taxed more, regulated more, taking home less and some families are still suffering and hurting.

But, there are bright spots.

Last week, I once again visited one of the outstanding organizations doing great work in our community. WorkFaith Connection is located on 290 just outside Loop 610. I kicked-off my Labor Day weekend by attending their bi-weekly Friday afternoon graduation ceremonies. They ask for citizen participation for 75 minutes every other week. They just want people to show up and show support for their graduating classes. The ceremonies are short, filled with much joy, and even a little music. There is always a strong message shared with the people graduating.

The people that go to WorkFaith Connection do so to learn about work. They learn about themselves first, many are broken and dealing with that aspect of their lives is a prerequisite for healing and moving forward. The attendees learn about the job interview process and about resume writing. They learn effective ways to write out their job applications. Not every mistake in life is a dead-end, and the students at WorkFaith Connection learn this.

WorkFaith Connection is a private sector solution to a very public problem. it is but one example of a local entity helping improve our community and ultimately our country. Good work habits can be hard to learn, especially if you grow up never seeing them or if you are never taught them. From a policy perspective, this is the type of organization that at a state and federal level, we should be helping. Even if that just means taking down a few roadblocks and reducing some red tape to allow organizations like this to expand and reach more people in need of their invaluable service. Instead, we have some politicians working on feel-good policies that ultimately won’t create jobs or begin to stimulate the economy so that our struggling families can pursue their American Dream.

On this Labor Day, think about all those struggling Americans who pound the pavement every day looking for that one opportunity. Any one factor can be the difference between, “you’re hired, when can you begin?” and “I’m sorry, we don’t have anything to offer you right now.” We have friends and neighbors right here in our own backyard, in District 148 and beyond, struggling to make it month-to-month or week-to-week. Often times we have the answer(s) right before us, right in our communities. What more can we do to offer a hand-up, without hurting or hindering people?

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this. I hope you have a safe holiday.

Chris Carmona WorkFaith Connection
Visiting with a WorkFaith Connection staff member.

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