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28
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Sponsor: One Stop Marketing

 One Stop Marketing is a longtime partner of Advance Memphis, having hired and trained Advance Memphis grads, outsourced embroidery work to our Outsourcing Program, and sponsored our Art for Jobs event. We are glad for their partnership again this year as a Gold level Art for Jobs sponsor.. As a source for promotional products, printing services, and graphic communication needs, One Stop Marketing works in a variety of industries and is experienced in helping its customers grow and promote their businesses. Advance Memphis is grateful to One Stop Marketing for its continued support of Advance Memphis.

To find out more about One Stop Marketing, visit their website here.

Thanks to companies like One Stop Marketing, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 and 38106 communities!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, click here.

28
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric, a Gold level sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides the mid-south with electrical and electronic products, as well as systems and services for rail transportation, power systems, and water treatment industries.

Mitsubishi electric also partners with Advance Memphis by hiring graduates through our staffing service. Advance Memphis is grateful to Mitsubishi Electric for its continued support of Art for Jobs and our neighbors!

To find out more about Mitsubishi Electric, visit their website here.

Thanks to companies like Mitsubishi Electric, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 and 38106 communities!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.

28
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Sponsor: Wepfer Marine

Wepfer Marine, a Platinum Sponsor for Art for Jobs this year, is a small harbor and fleeting operation servicing six ports on the Mississippi River operating approximately 20 boats. They also operate a small shipyard in Memphis, providing maintenance and repair to inland towboats and barges and Coast Guard buoy tenders. They employ approximately 150 people on vessels and in shoreside facilities. Their main operations are located down on President’s Island.

Learn more about Wepfer Marine by visiting their website here.

Thanks to companies like Wepfer Marine, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 and 38106 communities!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.

28
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Sponsor: Hope Christian Community Foundation

 Hope Christian Community Foundation, a Platinum Sponsor of Art for Jobs, exists to facilitate the building of God’s Kingdom in the Memphis community and throughout the world by helping Christians share their resources in efficiently and strategically. Founded in 1998 by Larry Lloyd, Hope Christian Community Foundation has granted nearly $350 million to thousands of churches and ministries worldwide, and it is one of the largest grant makers in Memphis. Hope’s partnership with Advance Memphis is an enormous blessing to our work and to our neighborhood, and we are thankful for their support.

To find out more about Hope Christian Community Foundation, please visit their website here.

Thanks to organizations like Hope Christian Community Foundation, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 and 38106 communities!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.

28
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Sponsor: Triumph Bank

Triumph Bank is returning this year as our Rembrandt level sponsor for Art for Jobs. Triumph Bank serves local communities across the greater Memphis area through their offices in East Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, and Arlington. Triumph Bank was founded in 2006 by a group of respected local bankers and business leaders who desired to see hometown banking return to the Memphis area.

Triumph Bank takes pride in being owned and managed locally, which allows it to serve customers in its four locations with excellence and friendliness. Because it is locally run, Triumph Bank is also able to provide flexibility to its customers, granting them with both control and confidence. Triumph Bank is proud to support the people and businesses that make up this great community.

As a way to honor their Memphis roots, Triumph is making significant investments in local neighborhoods like ours, involving their outstanding employees every step of the way. Volunteers from the bank make a difference at Advance, and we are grateful for their involvement!

To find out more about Triumph Bank, visit their website here.

Thanks to organizations like Triumph Bank, we are able to continue our work in South Memphis!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.

28
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Sponsor: Patriot Bank

We are grateful to Patriot Bank for joining us again this year as an Art for Jobs Rembrandt level sponsor. Patriot  Bank is a full-service bank focused on community service. It serves the growing markets of north and east Shelby County, Tipton County, and west Fayette County, offering a wide range of consumer and commercial accounts as well as a mortgage division. Patriot Bank opened in Millington in October 2001 and has grown to six full service banks. Not only is Patriot Bank equipped to help you manage a wide array of financial needs, they also seek to provide personalized and professional customer service that will ensure complete satisfaction. We are grateful to Patriot Bank for their generous support of Advance Memphis.

To learn more about Patriot Bank, visit their website here.

Thanks to businesses like Patriot Bank, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 and 38106 communities!

To learn more about Art for Jobs at Advance Memphis, click here.

1
Aug

Art for Jobs 2017 Artist: Jennifer Ellis

SNEAK PEAK of Jennifer Ellis’s artwork

For SALE at our annual Art for Jobs fundraiser: Thursday, September 28, 5:30-8:30 pm

Jennifer Ellis is a talented local artist who works and sells her artwork in Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN. This is Jennifer’s second year contributing to Art for Jobs and we are grateful for the opportunity to display her work! Check out more of her work on Facebook @jenellisart.

 

Learn more about the event here or on Facebook.

 

 

29
Mar

LAUNCH Graduate Spotlight: Rico Holt

Rico Holt

LAUNCH Graduate, May 2016

Owner, Premium Cleaning and Maintenance Solutions

Greg Spillyards, Rico’s champion and close friend, attended the LAUNCH class with Rico as a Mentor.

 

Rico’s Story:

In February 2016, after graduating from Work Life and Faith & Finances, Rico Holt decided to come through the LAUNCH entrepreneurship class in order to start his own business. Rico had experience and skills in commercial cleaning, and he wanted to learn how to use these skills to help the community, provide for his family, and possibly even employ some of his neighbors. Greg Spillyards, who had been Rico’s Champion when he came through Work Life in 2015, encouraged him to pursue this dream, and even joined the LAUNCH class with Rico as a business mentor.

A year after graduating from LAUNCH, Rico is continuing to take steps forward with his business, Premium Cleaning & Maintenance Solutions. With Greg’s help, he crafted and was approved for his first bid on a commercial property, which he is now cleaning on a weekly basis. He has picked up some additional jobs and is looking to grow even more.

Rico opened a business bank account in January, as PCMS took on new clients.

Recently, we asked Rico about why he started his business:

“I decided to start a business in commercial cleaning because I have always had a passion for hospitality. I took advantage of the opportunity to attend Pontiac Business Institute and graduated a few years ago. This has allowed me to help others in the community, and to provide for my son’s schooling. I have especially enjoyed making a commitment to provide quality service at a high standard, which meets the expectations of my customers.” 

He continued:

“Premium Cleaning & Maintenance Solutions performs interior and exterior cleaning jobs all around Memphis. While we focus on commercial properties, we are willing to take residential clients as well. Our company provides service that is both reliable and affordable, and we place a high value on honesty and ethical behavior. Our customers benefit from our quality and trustworthy service.”


Services for both commercial and residential properties include:

  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Housekeeping (interior and exterior)
  • (VCT) Resilient tile stripping and waxing floors
  • Storefront, sidewalk, driveway and aluminum siding pressure washing
  • Gutter and duct cleaning
  • Floodwater cleanup and restoration
  • In addition to comprehensive cleaning services, PCMS will also do special projects, including landscaping, painting, and various building maintenance projects, upon request.


Interested in Hiring PCMS?

PCMS can provide service based on your schedule. Normally, we will do weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly services, depending on your needs. We are also able to do special projects and are flexible to accommodate more specific requests.

Cost and availability are based on the size of the building and the specific needs.

Call 901-481-3989 today for an estimate, or email pcmsmemphis@gmail.com

We are offering the following special discounts for a limited time:

10% discount for first-time cleaning

20% discount when you sign on to receive 6+ months of service

15
Mar

1,000 Pardons – The heart behind the art of Christopher Nadaskay

We believe that glorifying God in all we do is important, and are always delighted to work with others as they pursue their God-given talents and abilities.

So of course, we were thrilled to be approached by professor and artist Christopher Nadaskay about a project he had in mind, and his desire to use his gifts to benefit our work at Advance Memphis.

Last year, Prof. Nadaskay was an artist featured in our annual Art For Jobs fundraiser. He approached us shortly after about a solo installation and sale that he wanted to put together in support of us. In the span of just a few short months, he has created 1,000 individual pieces of art in the form of hand-made crosses.

In his artist’s statement, Nadaskay explains:

“The overarching principle behind the exhibit is the idea that an individual artist can and should produce work for the benefit of others. It is my intention that this exhibit is used for the betterment of anyone who sees it – emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. The crosses are to be sold with the proceeds going directly to Advance Memphis.  It places art into the hands of a public who may never appreciate it as such and beauty into those same hands. It allows for the exploration of a huge number of creative visual problems and then helps to provide substance for those in need.

The idea for this exhibit/sale came from my desire to promulgate the concept of the social responsibility of the artist to the people that surround them in their particular segment of culture. The art world has become a place where political activism, influential social connections, and monetary gain direct the career paths of artists, to the detriment of the more positive influences that art can have on a culture. With this show, it is my intention to make art that is accessible to the average person, has a positive, hopeful message and from which the proceeds will directly be used to constructively impact society.  Each cross, in a sense, represents a pardon. This brought to mind a relatively common phrase in our culture ‘A thousand pardons,’ meaning ‘I beg your pardon;’ it is a quote that comes from a 1931 movie starring Charlie Chan (Black Camel).  It really has nothing to do with the movie, but as it was a little catchy and seemed appropriate to the message, the title was born.

The crosses are made in the same manner that I pursue my normal studio work, color and texture playing a huge role in their perception. It is only natural that influences from that artwork show up in a variety of ways in them.”

The artist would like to thank: Union University for its very generous support of the project through a teaching sabbatical grant, studio space, materials and kiln/firing time; Kathryn Pelley and Ragan Williamson, his studio assistants for the project – without whom much of this would not have been possible; and additional thanks should go to Crosstown Arts, Advance Memphis for their wonderful support and assistance in making the project a reality


We hope you will join us for the reception and sale of this monumental work on Thursday, March 30th, at Crosstown Arts. The event will be held from 4pm-9pm, pieces will be available for purchase for $15, and Chris Nadaskay will give a brief artist’s lecture. RSVP on Facebook

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Bethany Stout at bethanyjoystout@gmail.com

About the Artist:
Christopher Nadaskay is an artist and Professor of Art at Union University where he has served for 24 years. He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and Texas A&M Commerce where he received his B.A. and M.F.A. in Painting/ Mixed Media respectively.  His mediums have included watercolor, oils, acrylics, mixed media and various sculpture mediums.  Working at the moment in mixed media/ceramic wall relief, he is interested in the relationship between technology and the human condition. He has works in several collections, including the Tennessee State Museum.

16
Feb

Work Life Facilitator Training

REGISTER HERE

Over the past 12 years, Advance Memphis has utilized soft-skills job training to help people get to work. From 2005 to 2015, we used a curriculum from an organization called Jobs for Life. Two years ago, Advance Memphis and the Chalmers Center for Economic Development  worked with Jobs for Life to co-publish a new jobs-training curriculum called Work Life, specifically designed for communities suffering from the effects of multi-generational poverty.  Since the completion of the curriculum, Advance Memphis and the Chalmers Center have partnered to train churches and ministries in Work Life, and Advance now runs an annual training for new Work Life Facilitators. Advance Memphis is deeply grateful for this partnership with Jobs for Life and the Chalmers Center that has spanned many years. We are also grateful for the many churches and organizations that are engaged in this work around our nation.

What is Work Life?

Work Life is a biblically integrated job and life-skills curriculum designed specifically for low-income adults. Through Work Life, churches and non-profits can assist the materially poor in developing crucial skills for flourishing in their careers and communities. While Work Life covers typical jobs-readiness topics like interviewing skills and understanding what employers want, the curriculum goes deeper and engages participants in God’s grand story for their lives. Participants, Allies, and Instructors walk together in relationships, uncovering how to live all of life, including work, in light of that story. Naming gifts, developing communication skills, healing from the past, and overcoming difficult roadblocks are all topics addressed in interactive, participatory ways throughout the curriculum. The $350 training package equips you to walk with your low-income neighbors over time, leading to lasting transformation. Register here.

Why Work Life?

Becoming a Work Life facilitator prepares you to:

  • Move your church or ministry from giving things to the poor to building
    relationships with the poor, leading to long term change.
  • Apply the poverty alleviation principles described in When Helping Hurts to your context.
  • Create a concrete jobs preparedness ministry plan tailored to your community.
  • Train low-income people in concrete job and life skills, such as smart communication, knowing and applying their gifts on the job, interviewing techniques, and more.
  • Mobilize church members to serve as allies alongside participants, engaging your broader ministry circles in empowering low-income workers.

Get Trained

Start Work Life classes in your community by:

  • Completing four weeks of online training, unpacking the principles of effective poverty alleviation and adult education.
  • Attending the live training event, practicing facilitation with other ministry leaders and staff from Advance Memphis and Chalmers Center.

The Work Life Facilitator Training costs $350 at the early bird rate and $400 after May 21st. The training will take place in two stages. The online portion will begin June 5; live training will take place July 14th and 15th at Advance MemphisRegister here.

Interested in auditing? If you’re considering whether Work Life is right for your group or you have team members who would benefit from some training (though they won’t be facilitating), consider auditing. Participants may audit the online portion of training for $25. This does not include the live training and will not result in certification. Email Bryce Stout at bstout@advancememphis.org with questions about auditing.

 

Wondering if Work Life is a fit for your organization? Have other questions?

Visit our FAQ page for more information, Or email Bryce Stout at bstout@advancememphis.org.

View sample materials here: Work Life Intro and Course Map | Session 08 | Session 10