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Maryland New Directions

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Causes: Employment, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: Our mission is 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 on a path to living wage.

Results: Since 1973, Maryland New Directions has served nearly 140,000 individuals looking to become self-sustaining through employment. Maryland New Directions (MND) is a 45-year-old award winning non-profit organization offering no-cost employment coaching and specialized career training programs for Baltimore area residents, ages 18-60 years of age. MND works with over 350 motivated job-seekers annually, most of whom face significant obstacles in finding a job or establishing a new career. Our holistic approach and valuable employer partnerships create opportunity for long-term careers and remarkable outcomes that include industry recognized credentials, a livable wage, and an impressive employment retention rate of 82.5% (1 yr) for our graduates. When a person successfully completes Maryland New Directions’ program they are empowered to obtain and retain employment; it’s not just good for the individual and their family, but for the whole community.

Target demographics: Unemployed and Underemployed

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350+ individuals

Geographic areas served: Baltimore

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

Community Stories

537 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

1

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.

1

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!

2

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.

1

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.

2

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

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!

1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful in helping you achieve real goals people are down to earth.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Maryland New Directions has been great and I would recommend this program to everyone who wants to change their life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been trained at Maryland New Directions to learn and sharpen my skills for the hospitality industry and customer service. I was well-informed, all our teachers delivered effectively, and the two weeks of training was well worth it. I would recommend my friends and family to come and be trained here, and be part of the Maryland New Directions experience.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

MD New Directions Career Focus Program provided me with a lot of valuable information that has prepared me for my re-entry into the workforce and my transition into a new career field (Non-Profit Organizations). Thank You!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Maryland New Directions is a great opportunity to get the help and resources with your most important needs such as jobs, housing, school, criminal matters or a life change. Maryland New Directions are here to assist you in just about every way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am client with MND and has had I very informative experience here and would refer other potential clients to MND.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Direction has helped me better my life, health,along with enhancing my commercial driving skills coming to the center every day for the last 3 weeks was not easy especially since i had to go immediately to work after class ultimately it has changed the way i build a resume/interview, communicate with others and over all how to conduct myself in a professional dominating industry big thanks to all of the staff for allowing me to experience what an amazing 3 week training course and i look forward to leaving the doors open for yet another group to experience what i have already accomplished.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Came to enroll in A CDl training, while here I obtain CDL information that will allow me to drive and get my License. While being here I was able to get help with Resume and Cover Letter writing expertise and correct way to interview also.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the best experience with New Direction. I been out of work for a year. I always wanted to obtain my CDL but I didn't have enough time and money. I became depressed about my situation. A friend of mine sent me picture of the flyer to obtain my cdl in January. I called new direction and they told me to call back in March. I called back and they told me to get everything I need to see if I was gonna be accepted in their program. April I came for orientation with a classroom with about 50 people. I interviewed with Mrs. Sonia Harrison and I begged her to allow me to be apart. I got accepted and the program all of the teachers were awesome. They were polite and they went beyond and above to see that I understood everything that was taught. The program cover all things aspects to remain employed. They rebuilt my confidence and equip me with everything I need to prosper in life. They were concerning about personal issues and understanding of things that come along with life. I'm so grateful that I attended Maryland New Direction there name fits them because they gave me a new direction mentally to move forward in life in spite my short comings.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

A very good program if you come here just for your CDL that's not gonna fly they prepare you mentally,physically,emotionally for any endeavors that may come your way i recommend anybody looking for a change in life to come here.

Valerie L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

VERY MOTIVATIONAL PROGRAM AND STAFF!!! I WILL BE RECOMMENDING MARYLAND NEW DIRECTIONS TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY! MARYLAND NEW DIRECTIONS IS THE TOP WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IN MARYLAND! KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a client of Maryland New Directions for the April 2018 CDL Training Course and I believe the course was very effective in many aspects of my life not only just my career path for that I am forever greatful for this oppurtunity... Thanks You to all the Maryland New Directions Family

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've learned alot about myself and how to be a better person in the work world and to be a effective successful employee.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is a wonderful thing. It opened my eyes to resume writing to being heard and not be in the background. I am somebody and worthy of all things. I thank the most high for placing these great people in my life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Super excited i was given the opportunity to be apart of something great that will change my life for the better.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always wanted to become a bus driver, but I could not afford the training involved to get a CDL. MND has provided me with a way to get it without cost to me. I really enjoyed working with the MND team, and I know that I can continue working with them throughout my career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent Program.... I learnt a lot in the short 3 weeks I attended the CDL course.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Directions is the perfect program to help you get your life on track. The staff is dedicated to making sure you are prepared to get the job you need.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Directions is a program that helps people that been out of work or trying to get into a new field an opportunity to guide them and teach them new ways of getting jobs and keeping them. The staff is remarkable. Any one who is trying to go back to work or want to start a new career come to Maryland new Directions, It will be worth it, They have the resources to help you build your resume, cover letter, helps with typing skills and you can always feel comfortable talking to any of the staff members.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

My Mom came to this organization over 30 years ago when she was re-entering the workforce. She spoke very highly of the people she met at here and how they helped her. I can attest to that feeling. I think that the programs offered, the comprehensive instruction, the free classes and variety of services offered are excellent resources for individuals looking for career development. The job coaches are caring, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend MND to anyone who is looking to enhance their jobs skills or make a difference in their careers.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland new direction is a great organization it teaches you about resumes,what to expect in interview the staff job coaches were great Maryland new direction is awesome.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here to get help with my resume but at Maryland New Direction they help you with your resume & cover letters. They also help you build up your confidence and have a great clothing closet. They help you prepare for interviews and show you how to keep a job. Maryland New Directions give you bus tokens and have plenty of resources to help you better yourself while getting prepared for work. There job coaches are EXCELLENT!!! Thanks for the oppurtunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coming here to Maryland New Direction was AWESOME!!!! It gave me a lot more tips about how to do a resume as the nature of one. I also learned the nature of an interview, how to act during an interview and what to do after an interview (i.e. send a thank you note). And more than anything else, I got a chance to get an official certification from a hotel organization. I'm glad to be in this organization's job bank and also for the 2 weeks I spent here. I hope to implement the principals I learned here so I can get a job sooner.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Maryland New Direction was great experience thanks

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming to MND has changed my outlook on job search communication with people and learning how to take the good with the bad.I did not get off to a great start because im a very defensive person .Ive learned that everyone is not against me and how to receive help and criticism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Directions doesn't just offer the tips and information to find gainful employment. Their program is a confidence builder

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well since I came to Maryland New Directions I have learned a lot about this program it really help me out a lot I have came a long way from we I first started they help me build up my confidence to speak better in front of people and I also learned new words to use and I am now ready to go and look for a great job so when i get a Interview I will not be afraid to talk to the interviewer they also help me do my resume and how it is supposed to look and I love when they did the mock Interview and they are a great team I would do this class over again if I have to and I will tell anyone that needs help looking for a job I will send them to Maryland New Direction

Client Served

Rating: 4

Maryland New Directions really helped me see what my goal is and the barrier that i had to get around. The program taught me to never sell myself short, if there's something i want to do but might not be qualified for, then take the necessary steps to get there. Have a plan, stay focus, and you'll get what you aimed for...

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an excellent experience and it taught many skills that will be necessary when searching and maintaining employment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Direction (MND) is a comprehensive career focus program that gives its client(s) a breadth, depth, and application of new career possibilities. I am impressed with MND holistic approach to individuals like myself that are are on the cusps of a career change. The difficult part of the program is the separation anxiety that comes from bonding with your peers. But no need to worry, MND job coaching and tracking program
ensures that you have job support for life that, in itself, far exceeded my expectations.
A well earned five starts. I highly recommend the MND program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This entire program was very helpful for me I was able to gain a lot a professional experience for hospitality, doing interviews and telling us what to do and what not to do when looking for a job, securing that job and how to act professionally

Client Served

Rating: 5

MND the staff was great and the information and tools they will give will be very helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Directions has helped me learn more about myself and the proper ways of writing resumes, cover letters, and the proper way to interview. The staff is fantastic and does there best to help you in every possible way they can. Thank you, Maryland New Directions, you are a truly a hidden gem.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland new directions have great staff and job coaches that are very focused and determine to help each client find , and be educated about any job they want to have and give them skills that they can use in every day life , and the job field.

Client Served

Rating: 5

it was extremely helpful in letting me know everything that was wrong in my resume. it also shaped me vocabulary on what and what not to say in an interview.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience was wonderful, I really enjoyed the program. Wonderful staff they help you a lot.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've known about this class months in advance and being in a homeless situation with a 4yr old child. I was determine to take this opportunity and make the best out of it. Not knowing my next step and walking out on faith. The day before orientation my child had a fever of 104 with pneumonia and flu all in one. Waking up every 4-6 hours through out the night giving my baby medicine and not getting any sleep. I woke up late, I was determine to get in this class. I got in the door and the front desk person said, they were no longer accepting people in the training class. I wasn't taking No for a answer. I sat in the lobby for 4 hours waiting to be seen. During my wait, I kept a smile and a positive attitude. Once accepted I cried because I got a opportunity that will change OUR LIVES FOREVER.

Thank you Sonja Harrison for pushing me and helping me see things in a different light. (Sun Shine) Andra Harrison for seeing my strive, determination and motivation to be successful. Allowing me to be apart of this wonderful training class, when they were no longer accepting people. To Mr. Stevephen for teaching us the material and giving the best hands on experience throughout this course. Thank you again Maryland New Direction

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pleased to have been apart of Maryland New Directions. Words can't explain how happy and excited I am to have finished the (CTC) training. From working on resumes to receiving help about interviewing skills. I received plenty of information to carry into the future. This experience have definitely impacted me in a great way. Thankful for everyone that was apart of the team at MND.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The Maryland New Directions program was excellent. The instructors made themselves available and genuinely seemed to care. Like anything ,you get out off it what you put in it. I would recommend it to anyone looking to better him /her self and or a change in careers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MND is a great program for employment. I was amazed by the amount of information you can obtain to be successful and how much information I did not know personally. All the coaches were inspirational and dedicated a significant amount of time and effort to ensure that I was getting all the tools I need to be successful. They were very encouraging and gave great advice. I am so glade to be apart of this program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with this Maryland New Directions was a very informing and enjoyable. All the instructors showed that the genuinely cared about us as individuals and wanted to see us succeed not only as CDL drivers but as human beings. We were taught us life skills that we can use for the rest of our careers and even in our personal lives. I am honored to of had this experience and I wish MND more years of success.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very Blessed to have come to MND. My coming to this program has really helped me to get out of my comfort zone with the way I have been doing my job searching, resume and interview process. My job coach Ms. Sonya was very helpful and encouraging throughout my participating in the CTC Training Program to obtain my CDL.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

My experience with MND has been positive I learned a lot about myself and my learning abilities. My only suggestion would be to keep all the interview skills and resume and application skills until the end. It was kinda detracting to keep switching back and forth, even though the information was useful. I would definitely recommend this program to my peers. My coach was very supportive, and worked with me as being a single mother transitioning careers. It was one time when I was very overwhelmed and Mr. Lamont was very supportive and encouraged me to take it a day at a time. It was very comforting because he wasn't judgemental at all, and I appreciated that.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been a challenge for me. I say that because i work at night and still try to make here on time. They work with through everything and have faith in your success. It has been a very great experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned so much here. The staff is is consistent with helping us everyday and being positive. I want to refer everyone i care about to come here. I feel like a better women thank you MND.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very good program. Staff was eager to help you succeed. The idea of having a job closet for clothing to attend class in business attire was a plus. i learned so much in 3 weeks to come from a background in healthcare to CDL Bus operator was scary and frightening but well worth it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience at MND is an excellent one from my peers to the job coaches and rest of staff. I have learned a lot to help me continue my path with transportation. Thank You all for helping me succeed and pushing me to the next level.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Career Focus program at MND is excellent for anyone who needs to improve their skills in how to find a job and learn more about themselves as a job seeker. The staff is professional, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable in the respective specialties. It was great to be with people from all walks of life, educational levels and cultures in the same environment with a common goal -- success! Many thanks to everyone at MND and congratulations on 44 years of helping people in Baltimore City!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

The job training experience was an extremely good opportunity to brush up on proper work behaviors. My greatest takeaway was the interpersonal skills data. Overall, the training was very helpful and the staff are definitely committed and passionate about providing this necessary service.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoyed the class, so much information was given. The tools will be very rewarding, when job searching. I will tell all my friends about my experience at MND. Thank You,
Veronica Lunn

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Direction staff educators and facilitators were excellent in their presentation to the class. Their teaching methods were above and beyond the required measures; to ensure that the participants were well informed, well versed and understood the process for being a success in the job search market field.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didnt know that i would be able learn so much in MND, really grateful i found MND. I know now hot to make a good resume, cover letter and answer application letter. I fill so much confident now about myself because MND developed me by appreciating what i have and who I'am. I would like to thank my coach Kate for being patient with me and helping me me with my resume and all things that i needed to improve my strategies i my job search. Thank you MND for this opportunity.

angelica