Life Skills & Career Development Center Teddi Tostanoski
(Since Fall of 2015)
Getting a job always has its challenges and barriers. This is especially true for people dealing with poverty and other critical issues in their lives. The Life Skills & Career Development Center (LSCDC) tries to make this process easier and provide individuals with the tools and resources needed to land their next job. The Life Skills & Career Development Center is a space where clients can come to work on improving their professional job skills, tap into life skills and career counseling, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, participate in job fairs, and improve their financial literacy. Personalized assistance is offered where clients Plot a Plan, which enables those individuals to achieve personal and/or professional success. Some plans may include learning how to use a computer, learning to type, building a resume, preparing for an interview, and learning to save money.
Once clients are ready to apply for jobs, most find work within three weeks, often using bus passes and wearing interview clothes provided by Catholic Charities. Those who need more time to hone skills are placed in the Marian House Works program, where they are paired with volunteers for special attention or given volunteer work within Catholic Charities.
There are a variety of financial resources available to clients working with case managers. These include rental assistance, gas cards, motel vouchers and transportation assistance. Case managers will try to work with clients in any way that advances their goals for self-sustainability.
Life Skill Counselors help individuals to Plot a Plan. Plot a Plan is a step-by-step plan to success, that’s governed by the individual’s personal and professional goals. Goals could be finding a job, or saving to buy a car.Clients can access assistance and referrals to find jobs, housing, and other resources while using Life Skills Counseling.
Woman’s Opportunity Workshops (WOW) provide women an opportunity to develop life skills and receive free advice with a one-on-one, personalized assistant. Topics covered can be anything from employment to health to family life. Workshops are led by women for women.
These workshops take place every fourth Wednesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities develops relationships with Colorado Springs and nearby businesses where clients can be referred once they have gone through the Life Skills & Career Development Program. These employment partners have become crucial to the success of the program. Current partners include:
We like to develop relationships with businesses who have apprenticeship programs as well as entry-level positions.
If you are interested in becoming an employment partner, call us at 719-866-6290
Colorado Springs City Council Proclamation
“…the City Council do hereby recognize the work of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in Colorado Springs and urge the citizens and businesses of Colorado Springs to participate in expressing gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado who provide personalized attention to those in need to help them to take steps toward a better life.”