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Daily work

Job ministry helps immigrants find 'anything is possible'

In Liberia, Sando Brownell's father is a chief. In Minneapolis, he says Sara Beth Lohre fills that role.
Lohre, 29, doesn't look much like a chief. After driving a client across town to a job interview, she's already running late. She dumps her bag's contents on the table to reveal a cell phone so the client can be picked up.

But chauffeur isn't the only hat Lohre wears. As the first full-time director and sole staff person of Daily Work, an ELCA job ministry in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., she is also career counselor and social worker. Mostly, she is part matchmaker, part motivational speaker. She finds job seekers a mentor and tells them anything is possible.

Lohre's goal is to find living-wage jobs for her 212 clients, many of them from Africa or Southeast Asia. That is $12 or more an hour, plus benefits. The job seekers are referred from one of eight ELCA congregations that are partners in Daily Work.


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