Most of the men who come to Ujamaa Place are unemployed or underemployed and have not held a consistent job due to instability or incarceration. Securing and retaining a job is a critical step in the transformation journey. Ujamaa Place helps its participants secure and retain jobs through program activities, services, support, and job certification training.
Ujamaa Place prepares its participants to enter the workforce through mock interviewing, cover letter and resume building, topic discussions, guest speakers, employment partner tours (i.e. EcoLab, 3M, MN State Fair, OMG Media Solutions, TechDump), and job certification training in, including, but are not limited to construction, automotive, welding, forklift, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Once participants are mentally ready to work, as unhealed trauma is a real barrier for most of the Ujamaa men, they can access the following offerings: job fair visits, job application assistance, transportation assistance to get to and from interviews, reference letters, professional attire for interviews, and miscellaneous expense support, i.e. cell phone to communicate with potential employers.
Thanks to its employment partners, Ujamaa Place also offers in-house interviews (employers on-site conducting interviews with the Ujamaa Men). Once Ujamaa Men secure employment, Ujamaa Place continues to support the men with whatever they may need to help them be successful and retain their jobs, such as transportation assistance, clothing assistance, and miscellaneous expense support.
Ujamaa Place has built a small (yet ambitious and growing) social enterprise, which supports its Stipend Program. Ujamaa Place hires its men to work at various community events and pays them competitive wages for their labor in the form of a stipend. Launched in 2018, Film Class at Ujamaa Place, taught by area professionals, teaches the fundamentals of Film Production. Ujamaa Men who demonstrate proficiency are hired to do small film production jobs in the community. Ujamaa Place is then able to pay its men a stipend for their work.