Transition2Work has proven to be an innovative return-to-work solution connecting employers, employees, and communities. Injured workers in our Transition2Work program impact over 45,000 different not-for-profits across the country. As they heal from a work-related injury, program participants benefit from maintaining a schedule, while the not-for-profit benefits from having a regularly scheduled volunteer. At ReEmployAbility we value our not-for-profit partners and all that they do for the communities they serve. Tracy Interfaith Ministries is one of the many nonprofits we work alongside, to accommodate our participants modified to light-duty work restrictions. Tracy Interfaith Ministries’ mission is to “provide food and clothing to low-income and homeless families and individuals in Tracy, CA.” We spotlight this amazing organization in this month’s spotlight.
Tracy Interfaith Ministries’ Great Acts of Service
Tracy Interfaith Ministries provides emergency rental and utility assistance, as well as referrals for services they may not be able to provide. Some items that are distributed include groceries, hygiene products, clothing, and emergency assistance. Food is even collected from local stores that would otherwise be thrown away in order to prevent food waste. In 2022, with all its resources and the dedication of its volunteers, Tracy Interfaith Ministries accomplished great acts of service for low-income families and homeless patrons in need. The nonprofit was able to provide backpacks with school supplies, Thanksgiving gifts, and Christmas gifts and meals to over 400 families.
Tracy Interfaith Ministries director Carrie Grover’s message to readers would be, “Although our name is a little misleading, Tracy Interfaith is a food bank, not a church. In fact, we are the only food bank in Tracy (a town of 100,000 people) and we serve about 4,000 people a month. We are run almost exclusively by volunteers and love to have new people come to join us in our mission to feed the hungry!” Like many nonprofits, this organization is always in need of volunteers to help with the day-to-day responsibilities. Thanks to ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program, our participants are able to assist Tracy Interfaith Ministries in meeting the needs of those who seek support from the nonprofit.
Appreciation for Transition2Work
It is difficult at times for nonprofits to have a consistent influx of volunteer support. With a rise in the homeless population and the unpredictability of the economy, many people are left to rely on organizations like Tracy Interfaith Ministries to get by. Through the Transition2Work program, nonprofits in need of volunteer support are able to rely on program participants on a more consistent and long-term basis. Because these participants are at the nonprofit, it helps combat the organization’s high turnover rate, and less training is required.
The nonprofit isn’t the only one benefitting from Transition2Work. The program participants gain insight into how they can better serve their community. When asked “How does the injured worker benefit from participating in the Transition2Wok program,” Carrie stated, “We have a great group of people here that are fun to work with! We always try to include the injured worker in all of our volunteer events and activities.” Many enjoy their time at Tracy Interfaith Ministries, so much so, that they choose to return once their assignments within the program have ended and they have returned to their regular employment.