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Back to Work

Targeted to individuals who were homeless and are current residents of Columbia's Transitions housing organization, the Back to Work program is an intensive six-week employment boot camp. By providing the necessary guidance and soft skills to maintain gainful employment and self-sufficiency, the program helps individuals establish life-long independence. The combination of transitioning participants to housing as well as employment creates a comprehensive approach for long-term success.

Session highlights include:

  • Skills assessment
  • Resume templates and writing assistance
  • Computer skills courses
  • Review of employment websites
  • Employment resources such as dressing for an interview
  • Expectations, social skills and behavioral styles
  • Exploration of careers and job types


The Back to Work program is offered in coordination with DEW, Transitions and Main Street United Methodist Church. To learn more about the program, contact project coordinator Patrick Thomas at