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People Helping People Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: People Helping People is dedicated to reducing the number of children living in poverty by teaching low-income women, primarily single mothers, how to earn an adequate income through stable employment that pays a living wage.

Results: Each year People Helping People asks graduates to participate in a survey measuring their employment status. Last year, graduates reported that: 92% were employed full-time, 59% were with the same employer for more than 3 years, 60% received at least one raise with an average of $1.30 per hour, 93% have health insurance offered through their employer, 40% received employee of the month or other employment recognition, and 40% completed or were enrolled in programs to further their education or training. Program completion and survey statistics are summarized in our annual report, published in August.

Target demographics: low-income women and single mothers

Direct beneficiaries per year: raised awareness to 5000+ people, 546 participated in our education workshops, recruited 60+ volunteers.

Geographic areas served: Salt Lake, Weber, Davis and Utah counties in Utah

Programs: Education program: our program gives low-income women the tools, knowledge, and self-confidence necessary to compete for better jobs, seek raises, promotions, and eventually earn an adequate income. Each single mom we help transition from welfare to adequate income saves our community between $5,000 and $20,000 annually.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Single Mothers Seminar hosted by People-Helping-People in March, 2013 and was really impressed by the organized event including a variety of employer vendors and the keynote speaker was such an inspiring business woman. Unemployed from my elementary school after a combined 9 years in mid February, 2013 I have been registered with state and church employment centers. Upon invitation and attending an overview meeting at People-Helping-People, I knew this resource was the best fit for me. They have many workshops that have helped me to understand the dynamics of my barriers and how I can create action plans to overcome those barriers. The coaching and mentoring programs help individual clients to know how much is needed in wages to break even, identifying hard and soft skills through a personal history and resume building. The volunteer mentors and coaches genuinely care for all clients to facilitate growth and hope. The programs offered along with Junior League give incentive for unemployed and employed women to receive a complete outfit or additional outfits for their working wardrobe to help make a great impression for the first interview or career advancement. I have learned how some of my behaviors regarding employment have slowed my success. With acknowledgement of those ineffective behaviors with support of the organization and caring volunteers, and administration I feel more empowered to create a better life for my family. My skills and educational degrees in elementary education and special education are being professionally showcased through resume building. My confidence has increased tremendously so that I will succeed in obtaining the dream job that I have worked so hard for the last ten years. My passion to teach visually impaired children has been realized by being accepted to the U of U Special Education department for visual impairment endorsement program. The hopeful reality of my dreams coming true are met with wonderful coaches and mentors. This organization empowers many women and they make a difference in our lives and our families. Thank goodness for a resource that custom fits to it's clients. I'm grateful to be part of an organization that is determined to make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with People Helping People since 2002 when I first became aware of the program while representing the company I worked for at an employer meet and greet. I was very impressed with the work they did and felt that this could be a great opportunity for me to be involved with an organization that was set up to empower low-income women and help them to become successful in the workplace, something I am very passionate about. Coming from a background as a single, struggling mom I can relate to what these women are going through and I appreciate what this program can do for them.
Since my involvement with the program I have seen women who come in with a lot of self-doubt bloom into confident and successful women in both their personal lives and in the workplace. It has been incredibly rewarding to work with these women and see how their circumstance can change in such a positive way. I have done interview coaching, resume writing and personal histories as well as teaching workshops on various employment topics such as how to stand out in an interview, career pathing, best resume practices, and networking and I am always impressed at how motivated these women are to better their lives.
Being involved with People Helping People has been consistently rewarding. Hearing the success stories of women I have worked with just keeps me coming back. I love this program because I can see the positive impact it has on the community and the women and men we help and as well as their children. I will continue to volunteer for this program as long as they will have me.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with People Helping People for over 10 years because they truly make a difference in the lives of women. Through one-on-one mentoring, individual coaching sessions and employment workshops women learn the skills they need to become successful, not only on the job, but in life. The rewards of working with such diverse and amazing women cannot be measured and the positive impact this program has on the lives of families is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at People Helping People for two years because I find the experience very inspiring. The women and men who participate in the People Helping People employment program grow and succeed in many ways. They learn to be good employees who receive promotions and raises. Many of them are able to work into positions that allow them to get off of government assistance programs. Their children learn by their example and go to college instead of ending up on government assistance.

I gain more so much inspiration from each coaching session, workshop, and event!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PHP for over 4 years and I love everything about this program. The staff, the WIW events, the awards ceremonies, the mentoring, the board meetings, the ESN meetings but most of all, I truly love the clients in this program. I have never seen such tenacity, determination, drive and dedication to create better lives for themselves and their families lives, it's beyond encouraging and inspiring. There are such beautiful people in this program that are making a difference in the world but changing starting with themselves. I am dedicated to the success of this program as a life long partner. I am a lifelong partner to PHP and will not only donate my personal funds and support them with my time but get as many partners and supporters on board with this initiative.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I hand been looking for an opportunity to volunteer for a few years. I have found People Helping People as an organization that I can truly get behind and support. They do remarkable things to benefit their community. I look forward to volunteering with them for many years to come.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with People Helping People over the past 17 years as a volunteer, mentor, coordinator, board member and advisor. Kayleen, the Executive Director, has such passion for this program! It shows in her work. She is very dedicated to the women, and men, in the community who need a little support to reach their potential and provide for their families. The efforts of her caring staff and volunteers truly makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of women and their children!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

By attending People Helping People I have a better self image. I feel that the program workshops and training has helped prepare me to better utilize my talents and skills and sell myself to employers. I found out what skills I have that I had discounted or didn't even thought I had. I would recommend this training to other people. I even referred my son to help him when he lost his job and encouraged him to find out what programs he could use to go back to school.

2 Rosalie2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this program. This is a place that understands what is I am going thru. I has taught me many different things. They help me with my job search. They have been a shoulder to cry on. Very caring people. I' glad they are here. They are very giving.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer coach and mentor with PHP for almost two years. Every time I meet a client or volunteer I am amazed at how well-tuned this organization is. As someone who does research for a living, I stand by my decision that this is one of the best tools for people working toward bettering themselves. PHP truly cares about the long-term success of its clients!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was laid off in January of 2014 and learned about People Helping People at a job fair. Their Program Structure has four phases: 1 - Employment Preparation, 2 - Mentoring, 3-Participation in an Employment Strategies Network, and Phase 4 - Membership to the Women's Professional Network.

This program is to help with not only finding a job, but also providing skills to keep a job and grow your career. I recommend it for any job seeker needing support during their job search or anyone who has a job but wants to get a better job. The tools, training, workshops, networking opportunities, coaching, and mentoring are just some of the benefits of the program. I also enjoyed making new friends along the way.

PHP's contact number is 801-583-5300, www.phputah.org.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a former volunteer for People Helping People, I was able to witness first-hand the tremendous impact they have on their clients as well as the community. I hope to volunteer again in the future when time permits since I really believe in their mission. Not only do the participants become better educated, more self-sufficient, and confident, the community as a whole benefits when these individuals no longer rely on public assistance and consume these scarce resources.

It is so rewarding to see people become empowered and stronger and People Helping People truly helps accomplish this for so many!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with People Helping People for the last three years and I am as enthusiastic now about what they do for single moms and others who wish to better their lives through better employment as I was when I started. What they learn through People Helping People is how to look for, prepare for, and get and keep great jobs that turn into careers which help move them out of poverty and into self-reliance. The clients experience a tremendous increase in confidence and self-esteem and many say that they finally feel a great sense of worthiness that was missing prior to starting the program.

The organization is well established having started over 20 years ago so they really know their stuff. The program consistently produces outstanding results for the clients as long as they are willing to do the work. The leaders, mentors and other volunteers are truly caring and dedicated individuals who really want to see every client succeed and are willing to do whatever they need to to make sure that the clients are successful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my job and I found them at Job Fair. I have been going to their meetings and getting a lot from them. I also see they help people not only to get a job, but teach how to get promotions to help the company along. They are very positive to be around.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into this program a few weeks ago. I was let go from my job when management discovered I had applied outside the company for another position. I came to PHP with very few resources for job hunting, as I had never done that online before. I now have many resources available to me and if PHP doesn't have the resources to help me with certain problems, they direct me to who can. I have a new resume and so much more knowledge about my current position of unemployed than I would have had without their help. I am so much more empowered and effective in my job search than I would be otherwise. Job hunting can be tough on the ego, constant rejection takes it toll, even if you try not to take it personally. The encouragement to keep going is paramount to me, I don't feel like I am so alone out there. I love the Wednesday groups and workshops, as it keeps my spirits up and gives me useful information. I am nervous about interviewing, it has been many years since I have done that. However, I know that PHP will be there when the time comes, ready to help me with that process as well. They have offered resources in the area of attire proper for interviewing and mock interview to help me gloss over my termination. (Another area of concern for me during interviewing.) I cannot say what this program has done for me already, in the form of support and not feeling so lost in this world of technological job searching. I cannot believe the support of the volunteers and the contributions to help provide our workshop materials. Again, it is invaluable to me that I have this support and caring staff to help direct me through this. Starting over can be difficult at any age, but at age 50, this support is priceless to me. I would be so lost in this new technology without this help! I think I would also be very discouraged without my cheerleaders at PHP, they make me feel like I can do anything. I am very encouraged and proactive about job searching and I know I will find just the right job for me soon. If nothing else, I DO know that PHP will be there for me, helping me with whatever barriers are in my way. I love that this program exists to help those like myself with our dreams and goals. We all count and we all deserve to feel successful. Thanks to PHP, although I am unemployed, I am hopeful for my future. Of all the resources PHP has guided me to, hope has to be the most important one. I love People Helping People and hope to be able to volunteer and give back to this wonderful organization which is priceless to me right now. (Although I filled this out for the SLC, UT organization, I participate up in Ogden, at Cottages of Hope.) I

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PHP is a wonderful organization that works to helps low-income women become gainfully employed. Through a series of workshops, resume writing, job market knowledge and employment preparation, the teach the skills necessary to enter the workforce and succeed.

I began working with PHP several years ago and have been happy to attend Employer Meet N' Greet's, Reseume Coaching and take part in their Job Fairs.

PHP works with select employers that offer good jobs, benefits and a great culture. Here at Discover Financial Services we fit that profile. Because we offer full-time employment with full benefits available and 4 weeks paid time off per year, we are a great option for those re-entering the workforce.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with People Helping People since 2009. I love the difference they make in so many people's lives. They are very good at breaking the cycles of poverty by teaching women how to earn a living wage. The thing that I love most is that they help them by teaching them how to change their own situation rather than just giving them handouts that eventually go away. They teach their clients how to change from the inside out which is where it really counts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

People Helping People does a great job of inspiring women and helping them understand how to be successful in the work place.

1 Judee G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the Director and Founder of WoW Utah. We are also a non profit who collaborates with People Helping People. We have had several woman who have been involved in the programs that People Helping People offer be nominated into WoW Utah. These women have had the most positive experiences in utilizing the tools that are offered to them through PHP.

Coming from PHP only enhances the continued rebuilding of their lives and journey that these women experience once they have become a part of WoW Utah.
The organization is a pleasure to work with and has the utmost integrity and is life changing to all those that are involved.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with PHP for just over 6 months and I am amazed at how useful this nonprofit is to the women of Northern Utah. As a college professor, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of organizations in the area, and PHP is one of the very best organizations with which I have had the opportunity to associate. I believe in its mission of helping single mothers as they seek gainful employment so that they can be self-sufficient members of the community. The organization helps clients identify the skills sets they have to offer employers, and provides comprehensive training through volunteers who are successful professionals. No one could do a better job for this organization than Marva Sadler who coordinates the program in Ogden. Marva is amazing in her interactions with the clients and the volunteers. I love volunteering my time because I know that it is a worthwhile cause, I love working with the clients, and I love my association with Marva. I've been volunteering for 6 months now, and I don't plan to stop. It's just a marvelous experience seeing the clients become more confident in their skills as they pursue their chosen careers. PHP is the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended several workshops and have completed many levels toward getting employed making adaquate income thanks to People Helping People. I now valued myself I have a new appreciation regarding my self worth. I know I have many skills and they continue to bring out the best in me. I had many barriers to employment. They have helped me to help myself to break through many of them. Including, making me realize I should continue on my quest to get my college degree. I will complete my last class toward getting a college degree by December 2013.

I had lost site of my goals and visions. I had lost site of ever being able to get a job that valued all of my skills and employement experience. People helping people have helped me get back on track so that I will successfully be employed.

There are so many people looking for work today, but people helping people is a strong organization with strength that helps motivate it clients to realize that we will be in the number of employable people. Kayleen, Marva and all of the amazing staff of women who work in this organization work hard at helping Single Mothers to achieve their dreams, to reach higher, to be stronger, to not give up. People helping People staff are always available to help just pick up the phone and call them if they are not available when you call I can tell you they will call back as soon as possible to make sure that whatever it is that you need they have an answer for you.

Be strong they say, just have a plan and stick with it they say, you can do it they say, just take one level at a time. As I said in the beginning of this review I am now at the level of looking for employement after I complete this semester in school. I am confident that with all the help in networking, filling out applications, meeting with coaches, and attending all of the work shops every other Saturday and listening to the professional HR staff who volunteer their time to help us get ready for employement making adaquate income..... I am ready.

Thank You, People helping people for your support, I know I can not wait to be one of your success stories.

Amy_127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization that really helps women. It's not just lip service - this program really works. Great staff and volunteers that really care about the community.

1 Laurie51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at people-helping-people. The organizaton helps single woman and their families get back on their feet and out of poverty. Women gain confidence to re-enter the workforce after losing a job or being left by their husband. They should make all women volunteer (including the young) so they realize the negative consequences of quitting their job or studies to raise a family. The organization teaches clients how to change their way of thinking, how much they need to earn, how to write a resume, how to interview, and how to land a job. I think it is a worthwhile organization and needed in our community. We even had a male client and it helped him too!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The People Helping People program is truly inspired. I have witnessed many lives changed in the short 7 months that I have been a part of it. At each Awards Dinner, it is clear that the support and structure of PHP is helpful and meaningful. Helping women succeed in the workplace is an important goal for Utah! This not only help women financially, but it also increases their self-esteem and helps them realize their potential. I have grown immensely by participating in the program as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA).

Carolyn64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit organization that assists under-employed single mother gain insightful information to help them navigate the workforce jungle, and provides opportunities to human resource management of companies currently hiring. It helps these women gain self confidence and helps them become outstanding members of the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with PHP in 2003. In October 2013, I began taking a short leave of absence.

I had been looking for an opportunity where, as a working professional woman, I could mentor others as I have been mentored. An important component of mentoring is to help another individual identify their abilities and let that be the first stepping stone for them to build on; followed by an increase in their self-esteem and new courage and abilities to promote themselves to others.

It has been interesting sitting down with a young mother in a hard skills coaching session hearing how the client has always been told they do not have the ability or skills to offer a 'real' business; yet by the end of the session, discovering you are sitting with the apartment manager for the ex-husband's and his parents' family owned business. Or going through the routine office equipment and computer application section for a low paid, part-time office staffer and discover the client has Microsoft Access skills, design and analysis abilities that exceed those of many professional business analysts and IT professionals.

PHP brings us together (mentor, client) in a one-of-a-kind, structured setting that allows this type of discover, the first step on the first stone.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been working with the folks from the People Helping People program to bring their program to our community in Ogden, Utah over the past year. This program is even better than we had originally hoped, having served over 100 single women. The employment workshops are solid and provide amazing insight to our clients on how to succeed in the workplace. The mentors are fantastic and provide support to the clients as they progress towards gainful employment.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a client in the program I have gained many new tools that help me in my job search. I have gained more confidence in my abilities and I am willing to put myself out there where I wouldn't have before the program. The volunteers that work with me are fabulous and very supportive. In the program I have had opportunities to practice my new skills in a comfortable and supporting environment . I have all the faith in the world that I will get a great full time job that meets my needs and I know with the skills I am learning I will be a valuable employee.

Kelly105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently volunteering at People Helping People through the Americorps program. I chose to apply at PHP from the list of great organizations offered because of the mission statement: to reduce the number of children living in poverty by helping single mothers learn to earn a living wage. I loved the idea and after 9 months of volunteering here, I can see just how important a program like this is for the community.

Many of the women PHP helps are single mothers. Many are also women who used to stay at home with their kids, but now their kids have grown up, or the woman has gotten a divorce and now needs to be the breadwinner. For these women, entering a workforce they haven't participated in for several years if ever can be incredibly intimidating. Right from the start, PHP helps women realize just how many skills they have used throughout their life, either in the workforce or at home, and how they can present those skills to an employer. Since the entire program is taught from the employer's perspective, it teaches women about the rules and behind the scene processes of landing a job, remaining employed, and then moving up at work and earning raises. And PHP has parts of the program that are there for women at each step of that transition from low-income to finally earning enough to completely support her family.

I have witnessed first hand the renewed confidence of many of the women who go through the program. People Helping People greatly benefits the women who come through the door, their children and families, and the entire community.

So come check it out! If nothing else, you'll meet some amazing volunteers! (Seriously, our volunteers are awesome. Come meet them.)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a VISTA for PHP I've been part of its expansion in Weber County. On our last Awards Night at the end of June, as a client received her progress award, she spilt tears because she was so happy to feel part of a wonderful network of women. She shared that PHP has provided her with a sense of self that therapy was no longer doing, primarily because she decided to apply the employment tools that we teach and has become successfully employed in a job she loves. I've been doing this for six months, and THAT'S when it hit me: "I am one lucky woman to work with such a dedicated, helpful group of businesswomen --truly people helping people!"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with PHP as a mentor and coach starting in 2009 and when I returned to Salt Lake in 2011. I have worked with strong, dedicated women who have worked so hard to change things for themselves and their families. The staff of PHP has treated me like family since day one. It is a place where I get to challenge and develop my skills, meet amazing people and hopefully help people in the process.

1 Michelle151

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with People Helping People since 2009 and I am amazed each day with how much value every participant (volunteers and clients) receives from being a part of it. I started out as a volunteer and soon received just as much benefit from the program as the clients I was mentoring. In my first year as a volunteer, I received three promotions at work due to the knowledge I had gained through the workshops. Now, as a board member, I have the opportunity to share my experiences with larger groups by facilitating workshops, mentoring, and coaching. It just feels good to know that I can make a difference in a child's life by helping their mother learn to earn a living wage.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteering at People Helping People (PHP) is the best. The PHP clients are eager to learn, improve their employment status and improve their life and the lives of their children. It is a privilege to work with these clients in any way possible to help them achieve their goals. The includes assisting with identifying their skills and experience, working with them to make the connection with their skills and the needs in the marketplace and working them on how to network with others to reach this job and financial objectives. I thoroughly enjoy my volunteer time at PHP!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with People Helping People in Salt Lake since 2007. I attended all of the Saturday Workshops, and was very impressed with the valuable information shared in them. I worked as a "mentor" for several months, working one on one with clients, and for the past year I work with clients that come in on Saturdays to update their employment information. As a professional recruiter, I wish I could put all of my applicants through the program.

Donna Diehl

2 Elaina M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of watching People Helping People transform the lives of low-income women and single mothers. Their program's track record speaks for itself. The education and empowerment those women receive by joining the program is incredible.