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Alternative Stories of Redemption and Hope: Partnering with 3e Restoration Inc.

There are many ways a company can engage the needs of their local community. Many times this amounts to financial commitments or various sponsorships of events, which we enjoy participating in. But every now and again an opportunity comes around that allows a company to get our hands and feet to the ground. For TYGES International, 3e Restoration Incorporated is one such organization and we are excited to be a part of their work! 

3e Restoration Incorporated is a non-profit organization that works to break the cycle of homelessness and extreme poverty through gracious hospitality and systemic change one friend or family at a time. They work to encourage, equip, and empower faith communities to walk in relationship with those living through homelessness utilizing the 3e Restoration Process, an inclusive, highly relational holistic and non-programmatic approach guided by a flexible and replicable framework that utilizes an adaptable written curriculum to encourage, equip and empower “Friends/Families in Need” toward systemic change within the context of healthy relational community, while leaning upon God’s sufficiency. Gracious hospitality, relentless hope, compassion, listening, justice, love and friendship are the seven core values that shape all they do. So how does TYGES International fit in?

As a Friend-in Need moves through the process a time will come when they need professional coaching, whether it is money management skills, mental health, nutrition counseling, or job training. That is where we come in. We meet with our Friends-in Need to walk them through interview preparation and train them to interview well. We help them think about the clothes to wear, how to communicate, how to physically sit during the interview, what to expect and what questions to ask. We want to instill in them confidence and help them to come to the interview with an informed perspective.

homeless_06For many of us interviewing for a job may seem like “common sense.” But when you have not interviewed for a job in years, the anxiety, fear and insecurity can be too much. Think about it. These friends of ours have not even so much as had a floor to sweep, a shower to take daily, a toilet to flush, a stove to cook on, a bed to sleep in and make up each morning, for years. Many times they have been isolated and alone. What many of us view as simple essentials have all of a sudden become unusual luxuries to our Friends in Need. They cannot be expected to immediately acclimate to life lived with and in a home like after years of not having one. Life isn’t a light switch to be flipped on from the off position where we are able to immediately adjust to new opportunities that came our way, rather it is a dimmer switch to be turned gradually as our lives begin to adjust. Transitioning from homelessness and survivability to housed and responsibility is a slow process where life skills are relearned and lives reoriented for a radically different way of living. And we have the privilege of playing a role in helping these friends make this journey.

Make no mistake. Our Friends-in Need are anything but helpless or under-educated. For instance we helped one friend with a four year degree and who served as a teacher for eleven years. One night he fell sleep while cooking shrimp and grits, and his house burned down. After sixteen weeks in the hospital he lost everything and had no family to lean upon. He was homeless for six years until he came into the 3e Restoration Process. 

We helped one friend who worked for a Fortune 500 company as a field engineer. Years ago he left his job to take care of a dying parent. When his mother passed away so too did her possessions as they went to probate for liquidation. This left him with no place to live. Struggling to enter back into the work force he decided to go back to school. One serious car accident later and he is homeless for four years, until he came into the 3e Restoration Process.

imagesIn our partnership with 3e Restoration Inc and with the faith communities who utilize the Restoration Process, we get to be a part of these stories. Greater still, we get to play a small part in rewriting them as we coach our friends to walk with confidence into the interview. We get to celebrate with them when it goes well. We get to help them regroup when it does not. Either way we get to be there with them person to person, and it is our joy to be a part of their journey toward self-sustainability and their fresh start in life.

This is one small way we hope to make a difference in our local community, and in doing so, reinvent what it means to be an executive recruiter.

Please check out 3e Restoration Inc’s website at www.3erestoration.com to learn more. 

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Alternative Stories of Redemption and Hope

Australian philosopher Ivan Illich once said,

“Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a powerful new tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story, one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step….If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.” 

antique-books-print-05Stories have power. They invite us into a new way of seeing the world, even our own lives. Think about it. We don’t describe past events or experiences from our lives through facts or bulleted memorandums. We tell stories. Why? People best relate to stories. Stories have the power to move us.  Stories have the power to draw us in to a new vision of a better life.

It would be easy to believe that companies don’t tell our stories. Most of us believe that companies exist only to make money or accomplish goals related to the bottom-line of a profit and loss statement. Yet, companies focused solely on dollars and cents still tell a story, one that often speaks to getting and gaining. At TYGES we want to tell a different story. We want to tell a more redemptive story, one that offers a vision of what life can be when lived for something more than profit and loss statements. We want to tell a story that speaks of hope, compassion and the power of self-giving community. And in the world of business, even recruiting, this means telling an alternative story–one much different than the those companies usually tell. With that said, we would like to introduce you to a new feature on our blog called, “Alternative Stories of Redemption and Hope.”

hope sign originalFor years TYGES International has contributed to a variety of needs present within our local community as we’ve partnered with others making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Our hope has always been to play a small role in redeeming what seems irredeemable or at the very least offer glimpses of hope to those struggling to see through the darkness of suffering. In God’s grace we have been blessed to do so quietly, and honestly, we have preferred it this way. However, after talking it over as a team we decided that we should tell these stories, not to lift up TYGES International but rather the organizations, agencies and non-profit companies working tirelessly to tell an alternative story of good news and hope in what often seems to be a bad-news-oriented world. We want to join them in both telling and writing alternative stories that speak of redemption and hope as we bring awareness to issues that affect our society, issues like cancer, poverty, homelessness, autism awareness, addiction and others. We will do this by telling the stories we’ve learned first hand through our various community partnerships.

Our hope is that this feature will compel you to play your part in telling an alternative story as you explore creative ways to partner with organizations, agencies and companies like the ones we will introduce to you.

And we cannot wait to tell our first one next week!