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Causes: Employment, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: To train and coach people facing career and life transitions to overcome barriers, restore self-belief and acquire the skills and tools needed to secure employment.

Results: Since 1973, Maryland New Directions has served nearly 140,000 individuals looking to become self-sustaining through employment. In FY15 (July 2014 - June2015), MND’s Career Focus program served 307 low-income job seekers from Baltimore City with 226 completing our employment readiness training. Of those who completed our training program, 159 individuals obtained employment earning an average wage of $12.21 per hour. Additionally, 61 former NMD graduates gained employment this year for a total of 220 employed clients in FY15. As of September 30, 2015, 82.5% of employed clients have retained employment for at least 90 days and 74% of graduates who were placed in jobs in FY14 have retained employment for at least 12 months. Since October 2014, MND's Maritime Transportation Distribution and Logistics Training Program has successfully completed 5 cohorts (October 2014, March 2015, June 2015, August 2015 and October 2015) with 163 clients enrolled in the MTDL program and 143 of these individuals graduating. Of these 143 graduates: 105 (73%) of them are now employed with an average wage of $13.20/hr, 109 have obtained TWIC cards and 84 are now certified as forklift operators.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 544 individuals

Geographic areas served: Baltimore metropolitan

Programs: Career Focus, Maritime Transportation Distribution and Logistics Training Programs

Community Stories

360 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

While I was in a Job Fair, I found out about Maryland New Directions. I was excited because they offer FREE Career Pathway Training.I thought to myself maybe this is now breakthrough I was looking for after struggling with career transition moving from the Philippines to Baltimore.When I was accepted to be part of the training, I felt hopeful, happy and grateful.

When the training started, I was blown away by the quality of the training they provided and the phenomenal job our coaches did. This was exactly what I was looking for to have a sense of direction on where I want to go in my career and what I really want to do.The training helped me reexamine my values, knowledge, skills , abilities and talents to help me find the right job for me.They taught us how to make a very eye-catching and effective resume, perfect cover letters and how to ace an interview. The mock interview and networking were very helpful.Also they helped inspire me to bring back the confidence I have and they also invited successful people who shared their valuable and beautiful stories of success and how they displayed amazing values and beliefs that made them successful.My experience with MND is Life Changing.It gave me a positive new direction and purpose. I recommend MND to anyone who wants to be inspired, learn and grow in basic knowledge and skills and improve financial situations. This is hope and encouragement in MND. I feel so blessed to have met amazing and beautiful people in MND.
I'm forever grateful to Ms. Sonya, our Team Coach and other great coaches.Mr. Stephen, Mrs. Andrea, Mr. Maurice. God bless MND!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's been years that I'm looking for a free training to help me better my skills and find a job I can be proud of. I don't know how to make a good resume and put my skills into writing that will help me land a good job. But finally I discovered Maryland New Directions ,a non profit company that caters to people who are feeling lost and disconnected in the workforce. Here I found a new hope and new beginning on how I will redirect my career path. I've learned a lot on how to make the right resume and a cover letter. They also teach us how to prepare ourselves on how to handle interviews with self confidence and how to dress up professionally. They gave us a lot of guidelines on how to find the right job for us and how to use the online search successfully. Can't say enough how MND help me find myself to get connected again in the workforce and with these new discoveries that they gave me I think I'm ready to face the world again. Thank you MND from the bottom of my heart .

Client Served

Rating: 4

They assist you in finding out what a lot of employer's are looking for in candidates. They address issues in your paper work which are not consistent, and they critique it. The overall experience was wonderful. I would recommend them to other people as a lead for job searches.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came upon this class at a job fair. I decided to commit to the two week class because I only wanted to re-due my resume. To my surprise I received so much more. I was thinking why in this world would I need to sit in a classroom for two weeks to learn about job searching. Well to my surprise from day one up until day 14 I was learning very useful information for job searching. Every moment was so helpful. There was not one class that was useless. When it comes to learning how to obtain a job and keep it this is the course to take. For FREE!! I know if I don't ace an interview and obtain a job its all my fault because I am confident that I have all the tools I need for job searching. MND is an amazing coarse with amazing employees running it. I am so impressed and I am telling everyone about my two weeks at MND.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I had been submitting my resume for months with no results. The process had become frustrating and humiliating. Maryland New Directions' training help me to understand what the process is, how it has changed and what I had been doing wrong.
The last time I had to look for a job, I made paper print-outs of my resume and dropped them into the mail with a stamp. The process has changed completely. I couldn't believe I had to take a class to learn how to apply for a job. But that's what it took. I didn't know what I didn't know. You're going to need a bigger space because I know a lot of people who can benefit from your mission. Thanks Maryland New Directions.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Before starting Maryland New Directions I had a sense of loss about finding work. I knew something was wrong with my resume skills. I knew I had the skills to do the job but, I just couldn't put it on paper to convince an employer to give me an interview. Now I can truly say that not only do I know how to do a resume I can do an interview as well. I have gained so much confidence these past two weeks I can't wait to explore the job search. Networking is another skill I will definitely put under my belt to help me explore my horizons. Being in this program is amazing. I'm letting a lot of people I know about this program.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The 2 week class was great. I learned a great deal and would definitely recommend this to other people looking for work. We had to dress in office attire and show up as if we were going to job. I haven't worked in 2 years so this really helped me get more in gear to work again. The mock interviews were very helpful and the staff is great, a very dedicated and energetic group of people. I feel much more prepared for the job search job. I will use their computer lab and the job coach i was assigned to help me in the task.

Client Served

Rating: 4

After having referred people here for the last 5 years, I decided to participate in MND. I found them to be very good with their material that was provided and information shared regarding the particular program involved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been out of work for several years due to a disability, when i was ready to work again i was referred to Maryland New Directions. I can honestly say that I was nervous and did not know what to expect. I am happy I attended the two week classes because i learned a lot and I feel really ready to find and keep a job. I have better interviewing skills, and a updated cover letter and resume. and I feel very confident.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I WAS ABLE TO LEARN A LOT OF INTERVIEW SKILLS THAT I HAD NOT KNOWN ABOUT PREVIOUSLY.