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Maryland New Directions

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Nonprofit Overview

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

478 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I walked into the office of Maryland New Directions I was clueless as to what it really takes to get and keep a job. I learned more about professionalism. I learned how to network. I was able to revise my resume to make it more functional without being too many pages. I found a group of people that genuinely care about helping others excel in life. The greatest part of this is that the course is two weeks but the help continues for a life-time. I don't have a job as of yet but this program gives me hope that I will despite all of the no's I have received thus far. I know now that looking seeing employment takes as much time as having a job. I am extremely grateful for all of the support that I have received here. Sincerely

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have learned so much that I didn't know at Maryland New Direction . it has been amazing experiences my " Thanks go out to Maryland New direction career focus team and a special Thanks go out to Mr. Stephen Thomas for encourage me to go back to school to get my GED.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program brings the best out of people. Thanks for everything. I believe the skills I have learned here will help me to increase my income considerable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The energy and encouragement given by the staff at MND is amazing!! Even thought
I was assigned my own job coach all the other coaches were always ready and willing to help with anything I needed. The information taught was very helpful (and I thought I knew this stuff already). And they have a lot volunteers (some from current hiring companies) that come in just to help others which tells you a lot about who your working with. I really appreciate all the hard team work that they gave to my class, and the tools received here. This was truly a different experience from anything I've participated in. THANK YOU GUYS!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first time I have taken a training workshop where they actually taught you something useful. All of the staff there were really GREAT. Anyone that comes to this program and say that it doesn't work, it's because they didn't apply them selves and work the skills that they were taught. The whole team was GREAT. Thank you Mrs. Sonia, Mr. Rick Ms. Kate, and Mr. Steve and everyone else whose names I can't rember.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience with Maryland New Directions really changed me. its a good training program and the coaches and volunteers really care about helping you. everyone goes above and beyond their duties to help people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

At Maryland New Directions, I received some of the most helpful, informative, and useful information for free agents who are seeking to either advance in their careers or change direction. I have been exposed to so many more resourceful ways of conducting my employment search and also in furthering my career training.

Staff at Maryland New Directions are dedicated, passionate about what they do and it shines through in all the training they provide! Do yourself a favor - call them and get back on track with your career!!

bharrison

Client Served

Rating: 5

The training was excellent because every facilitator was very energetic in conveying the information that he or she presented. On a scale of 1-10 I will give this program a 10 because this program is designed to the changed people lives in many ways This program has given people a different and new outlook on life. In my travel I am going to spread the work about this program and how they can benefit from this program

Client Served

Rating: 4

My experience was good. My job coach Ms.Kate was great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I completed this two career focus training after being laid off. This training was a great experience because it provided me with the confidence of knowing that I had what it took to get the job that I am targeting. The staff were great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This experience was well worth it! I feel that I have learned many informative things that will definetly help me in the future!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Overall, the CDL permit class was extremely helpful. I think that based on individual needs, the program could be more tailored . For example, if you do not need a particular class , the client should be able to work on the area that is most needed. All instructors were extremely professional and wanted everyone to be successful. The mock interviews were also great, and gave me the opportunity to sharpened my interview skills and knowledge. The only area I think that needs a little improvement is the receptionist area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, everyone this program has changed me and so many ways its so awesome that they are non-profit programs that really care about your furture . To put you in a better living situation that will change your life forever. The coaches are wonderful and MND staff as well i have already been telling people so they can have the opportunity to get this expernice with this amazing program.

Client Served

Rating: 3

SO MUCH TO TELL SO LITTLE TIME.....THREE WEEK PROGRAM, GOT ALOT OF IMFORMATION. INTERESTING STAFF. STEPHEN THOMAS WAS GREAT. THANK YOU STEPHEN KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming to Maryland New Direction, has been a life changing experience. The organization appears to be well organize and ultimately gear towards helping individuals from every walk of life. The staff are very professional and hold high standard in regards of assisting their clients with successful career placement.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This is a great organization with a wonderful staff. They offer various skill sets and program training. Everyone is very knowledgeable and they offer more than just the industry training. They try to produce a well-rounded individual. Not only giving industry knowledge, also providing skills on getting the job and how the government affects the industry in which you are going into. The staff is positive and respectful. They offer a positive environment to grow, learn and thrive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

everything about this program is great and i strong agree that you get a chance to get in the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was a great experience great staff also great building skills...loved the interview skills and the banking info.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has changed my life. All the skills i have learned i believe will shape my future and career. I highly recommend MND for professional and career training!

Client Served

Rating: 4

At Maryland New Directions I participated in the CTC program. It was an eye opening experience because it combined learning about driving a bus with resume writing, improving interview skills as well as financial literacy. I enjoyed my time spent in the program and look forward to a continued relationship.