More Than A Job

The 2017 Jobs for Life Annual Report


Photo: The 2017 Spring JfL Graduating Class at The NC Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW) in Raleigh, NC
>> Listen to a JfL Graduate’s graduation speech

In 2017, hundreds of Jobs for Life (JfL) classes took place around the country. Over two thousand men and women from church congregations, non-profit ministries, and businesses came together in their communities with the goal of helping people find and keep meaningful work.

These classes were about more than just helping people find employment—they also helped reconcile broken relationships, connected people to loving and supporting communities, and helped men and women discover their unique talents and gifts while experiencing the transformative power of the Gospel.

JfL classes hosted in 2017
(in 30 different states and 2 countries)

Volunteers helped men and women secure employment


Volunteers hours given

Business leaders participated in JfL classes 

As we look back on all that happened in 2017, it’s clear that the mission and vision of JfL continues to thrive because of the strong partnerships that exist between local churches, ministries, businesses, and community leaders and volunteers, and the willingness of thousands of individuals to step out and walk with their neighbors through this mutually transformative journey.

We give thanks for your support, encouragement, and leadership—we could not do this work without you!

Primary Areas of Focus





“Jobs for Life is all about life change. Yes, it includes helping you find a job (70% of our graduates have found full-time employment!), but it also includes helping you overcome the obstacles in your life. We have teachers, mentors, and business owners involved in our classes who want to help people through this journey.”


JfL Site Leader, Branson, MO

“Jobs for Life taught me more than just how to find a job—it changed my whole outlook on life. I learned to stay positive and humble throughout my search for better employment. My Champions (mentors) helped me focus on my career and goals. They helped me see that I can do anything I put my mind to.”


2017 JfL Graduate, Arise (Dover, DE)

“I had not finished anything in a very long time, so I’m proud I participated in and completed the Jobs for Life class. My Champion (mentor) helped me overcome my employment roadblocks, helped me with a new résumé and continues to encourage me. Now I’m employed and love my job!


2017 JfL Graduate, The Journey House (Richmond, VA)

“The way we had been serving individuals was more transactional than transformational. The Jobs for Life training has really “flipped the list” on my approach and posture, and has changed the way I see broken people.”

– Alexandra, Jobs for Life Leader (Newport News, VA)


>> Watch the video and learn more about JfL Training


Strengthening the training strategy


In 2017 we dedicated even more time and energy to our training strategy and to JfL CORE, a live training event designed to equip ministry leaders with the necessary steps to plan, start and sustain a Jobs for Life class and help prepare people for meaningful work in their community. We hosted 11 JfL CORE trainings and equipped over 450 JfL leaders from 34 different states, which resulted in 50 new JfL sites being launched.

We understand the importance of not only helping people find and keep employment, but also helping them to grow and develop as leaders for the future. JfL CORE events, along with the re-designed “Train the Trainer” (T3) and “Connections” Leadership Development Webinars, are specifically designed to empower JfL leaders with the tools, resources and skills needed to prepare people for work, and to enhance their leadership development.

The feedback we received from these events in 2017 is helping us strengthen these training platforms and establish a sustainable strategy to equip even more leaders for years to come.


churches and organizations were supported and coached

leaders were trained through live training events and webinars (from 34 different states)

new JfL sites were launched as a result of the trainings


of JfL sites felt well-equipped and supported to run their class


of JfL students reported having high employment barriers when entering the class


of JfL sites had employment rates of 50% and above

The partnership my company has with Jobs for Life has given us an opportunity to give back to the community. We enjoy being a part of something bigger than just the products and services we provide. It has helped us combat joblessness while also living out our core values and unifying our employees.


JfL Champion and Business Partner (Tampa, FL)

Through Jobs for Life, you’re going to find more than a job—you’re going to find a new confidence and a new beginning. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for everything I learned in the class and the community that helped me in there. It’s been one of the greatest stepping stones I’ve ever had.


2017 JfL Graduate, Mt Sinai / Redeemer Anglican Church (Raleigh, NC)

I don’t see Jobs for Life as a program, I see it as a tool to transform and heal a broken life. To be able to walk or cry with someone who is unemployed, to say we’ve found a God that can heal us and restore us, and then see the light that comes on and hear them say, “There is hope!”—who wouldn’t want to be involved in this work?!


JfL Site Leader, Heart for Winter Haven (Winter Haven, FL)

“In Jobs for Life, you’re going to find more than a job—you’re going to find a new confidence and a new beginning.”

Photo: A JfL student speaks in the 2017 Fall JfL Class at OC United (Fullerton, CA)
>> Watch video

Total Support & Revenues:

  • Contributions: $1,027,258
  • Sales of Training Materials: $66,977
  • Interest and Other: $48,284

Total Expenses:

  • Total Program Services: $891,173
  • Total Supporting Services: $323,718

Total Assets:

“I’ve found friends for life and have learned to never give up on myself because God has a plan for me.”

Photo: The 2017 Fall Jobs for Life class at Remnant House Ministries (Charleston, SC)

Help make real, lasting change in your community!

We depend on supporters like you to help us continue the mission of preparing individuals for meaningful work. From leading and volunteering in a JfL class to investing resources and hiring JfL graduates, each level of involvement is crucial in our mission to help more men and women find and keep employment.





Staff & Board Leadership in 2017

JfL National Board
JfL Staff

Stephanie Tarant
Board Chair, Founder, Global Talent Consulting
Raleigh, NC

Paul Green
Executive Director, Hope for the Inner City
Chattanooga, TN

Ken Jenkins
Pastor, Refuge and Restoration Church
Florissant, MO

Austin Koon
Managing Partner, Davis Moore Capital
Raleigh, NC

David Spickard
President & CEO, Jobs for Life
Raleigh, NC

David Spickard
President & CEO

LaToya King
Director of Operations

Daniel Alexander
Regional Director

Keynon Akers
Atlanta Area Director

John Ring
Charleston Area Director

Marten Fadelle
Middle TN Area Director

Rhonda Feliciano
Tampa Area Director

Byron McMillan

Shay Bethea
Director of Training & Leadership Development

Tracy Clark
Writing and Communications Consultant

Laurel Freeman
Development and Finance Specialist

Alex Ford
Manager of Marketing & Communications

Spencer Hathcock
Marketing & Communication Specialist

Jessie Hathcock
Business Relations Manager

Shade Perkins
Measurement and Evaluation Specialist

Jestine Nordstrom
Operations Specialist

Lindsay Alford
Marketing and Communications Intern

Susan Harrison
Administrative Assistant






This Annual Report is dedicated to David Spickard (JfL CEO 2006-2017)

in recognition of the profound impact of his faithfulness, vision, and leadership at Jobs for Life.