Corporate Social Responsibility in Action


St. Joseph the Worker uses unique RV to help people find, land jobs

May 13, 2014
Good Morning Arizona
Heidi Goitia

PHOENIX -- St. Joseph the Worker has taken its successful job-development program for homeless, low-income and disadvantaged individuals on the road with what they're calling a Mobile Success Unit, the Valley's first mobile job-search office.

SJW outfitted a renovated 39-foot, 2003 Newmar Kountry Star RV with four computers and desk space for clients to use for job searches and resume building, a mobile Wi-Fi service and phone, a job developer office, clothing closet and storage space for hygiene products, program materials and supplies.

The idea was for SJW to take its services to the people who need it most.

They were able to buy and renovate the RV after being named a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder last year and receiving an unrestricted $200,000 grant.

This very small and very quiet nonprofit helped 1,294 people go back to work in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013-14 and provide more than 1,800 different individuals with a range of services.

3TV's Heidi Goitia gave us a look inside.

The RV is scheduled to be at Project Connect on Tuesday. The Mobile Success Unit will be set up and serving clients during Project Connect. Project Connect is founded on the concept of bringing services to areas where there is need. That's the whole concept of the Mobile Unit also.