Work is important for all sorts of reasons but one reason too often overlooked is how work is a way that people find self-fulfillment and a sense of dignity. InLaborem Exercens, Saint John Paul II declared: “Work is a good thing for man – a good thing for his humanity – because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being and indeed, becomes ‘more a human being.'” (par. 9)
This year’s Annual Assembly will include a workshop, Mercy Meets the “Unemployable”, which focuses on an organization that has been very successful in getting men back into the workforce. The Advanced Skill Workforce Centers (ASWC) in St. Louis work with some of the roughest men in the area: former gang members, men with criminal records, and others who are struggling to find the right path. These men are often written off by potential employers-deemed as unreliable, even unemployable. But after completing the rigorous ASWC program, they are able to transform into dedicated and skilled full-time trade workers and model citizens. Hear from ASWC program leaders Gregg Smith and Steve Wayland, along with graduates of ASWC, about how these kinds of programs are helping to battle unemployment, violence, and poverty. Sign up to attend this workshop today!