Mobile Success Unit helps job seekers

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- In Arizona's still-tight job market, just finding a job can seem like enough work in itself.

But it turns out, finding, holding and prospering on the job is more of a journey than a destination, and one Valley organization has found the perfect vehicle for the trip.

“I actually came here because I am trying to get things rolling again,” Richard Knoll told 3TV outside of the Crossroads West Halfway House in Phoenix.

But when it comes to finding, holding and prospering on the job, getting things rolling isn't always easy.

“So I have the job. I'm just waiting on the ID,” he explained.

After being laid off and falling behind on child support, Knoll finally landed a job offer. All he needs to officially get hired is a copy of his Social Security card, but getting a copy of that has been a job in itself without having a photo ID.

“I would have been working two weeks ago, but the DMV, they don't give a hard copy of the license anymore," he said. "I went online, and all they gave me was a receipt printout, which didn't have my picture on it."

With lots of money going out and none coming in, bus trips to all of the different offices had Knoll stranded.

”I have been up all night thinking about it, you know what I mean?” he said.

That was until an RV rolled up to the shelter where he has been staying.

Candace Sherwood with St. Joseph the Worker explains what they have in the Mobile Success Unit.

“Everything from start to finish, to get a job and keep it, is what the resources you will find on the mobile unit," she said.

Sherwood says they have been helping people find and succeed on the job for years from a downtown office, but because transportation is an issue, they are now taking these resources on the road.

And it starts with the job search.

“We support them by writing a well-written resume, one that gets read and received well by the tracking systems. We help them with job leads. What is your background? What is your experience?” she said.

But that is just the beginning of the journey on this RV. The next stop is landing the job.

The RV is stocked with clothing and hygiene items, all to help applicants put their best foot forward.

“It is the little things that you often forget how critical they are in being successful to get a job," she said.

And they roll with you even once you are hired.

“The monthly bus pass, so you continue to get back and forth to work, work requirement uniforms," Sherwood said of the services still offered to new hires.

For Knoll, it is a ride to a brighter future than he has seen in a long time.

“I want to get to work. I want some paychecks under my belt," he said. "Plus, I've got a child that I need to support. It's Christmastime, so I am super excited to get back to work."

The RV visits shelters and halfway houses around the Valley. You can find out more about St. Joseph the Worker at:

1125 W. Jackson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

For the Mobile Success Unit's locations, click here.