Salvation Army program assists with job placement and 'building confidence'

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WBBM Newsradio on Friday Dec. 3 is hosting the Good Neighbor Radiothon from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to benefit the Salvation Army. Here is a look at one of the organization's programs and how it helps those in need.

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Salvation Army provides an array of services to people in need. WBBM's Keith Johnson spoke with the head of the organization's jobs program at Harbor Light.

Renee Williams is the employment services manager at the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Program. She's helped clients- even those with the troubled past land decent jobs.

"People have come from prison that's been in there for 20 years, five years, seven years," she said.

William said there are some basic things that need attention before a client is ready for his or her first job interview.

"I can't send you to a job if you don't have anywhere to lay your head. I can't send you to a job if you don't have any ID, so we work on building our confidence that somebody will hire you," she said.

Williams wants clients who enter Harbor Lights Employment Services program to have confidence and expectations.

"We have a five day job readiness class. I want to know what kind of job you're looking for," she added.

"And for the most part on day one, I just need a job. I'll let that go. On day two and by the fifth day, I want specifics. What you really want to do?

To donate to the Salvation Army, visit or call 844-361-8400.