Job Point News Brief: March 2021 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

We are so excited to share our first quarterly newsletter of 2021 with you today! This newsletter comes to you in a slightly different format than you are probably used to and it may be slightly longer than normal, too!

But we promise, it’ll be worth the extra time!

Keep reading for news, success stories and other acknowledgements from the past three months of 2021.

Thank you for your support of our mission, our job seekers, our students and our team! We appreciate you so very much!

One Furlough and 38 Resumes Later

Finding a job can be a daunting task under normal circumstances, but when you add on furloughs, hiring freezes and a global pandemic, it can become nearly impossible.

Even with 29 years of experience...

Even with glowing letters of recommendation…

Even with an unrelenting spirit and a desire to get back to work...

That is where Eric Stracke found himself in early 2020. After 29 years of dedicated service with University of Missouri, thanks to the pandemic, Eric was suddenly forced to start looking for job.

Read About Eric’s Journey

Join us as we say THANK YOU to the Veterans United Foundation

VUF Celebrates 10 Years with a Major Gift to Job Point

This month, we received the surprise of a lifetime, when Veterans United Foundation contacted Steve Smith, CEO, to let him know that they were going to contribute $500,000 toward the purchase of our Headquarters in Columbia, MO.

Words fail to express how incredibly grateful we are for this gift.

Read More About This Gift
Text says: Celebrating 10 Years of Enhancing Lives 2011-2021

Remembering Corey Ellington

In our last newsletter, we had the honor of welcoming Corey to our staff. He started at Job Point in November 2020. In just that short time, he was nominated by his supervisor and community contacts for our “Cause for Applause” quarterly award. Just a few weeks after his nomination, we received word from his family that he had passed suddenly. It was a tremendous loss for our team and all of the individuals he served with great passion and joy. We celebrated the love and commitment he had for helping others by honoring him as our Cause for Applause winner in March.

Read More about Corey

Job Point’s YouthBuild Students Learn to Build up their Community

One of the core tenants of Job Point’s YouthBuild program is to help students learn how to not just seek the betterment of their own lives, but to be leaders in their community that strive to help others, too. Over the past few months, these students have been doing exactly that with work projects that have not only taught them how to use power tools or frame a wall, but how their actions can directly impact and improve the lives of others. They began work at the end of January on renovations at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church in support of the Turning Point Day Center.

The students built a wall to create a secured storage room. They then built desks that would be used to create a computer lab.

Through this seemingly simple project, they built something truly powerful.

“The intended impact was to show that all life has value, regardless of one’s temporary situation. Additionally, if we all show-up and invest sweat-equity in helping others, in return you will walk away a stronger/wiser version of yourself,” Morton said.

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NAP Tax Credits Available

Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits are available from the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development. Businesses and individuals with business income qualify. You can choose to redirect your tax dollars to Job Point and support our vital programs. Fifty percent of the value of your donation to Job Point may be deducted from the bottom line of your tax owed to the State of Missouri. Your gift will enable building improvements to enhance safety for our staff, students and guests, increase accessibility as well as improve energy efficiency of our operations, allowing us to serve more people through our training and employment services. Credits may be carried forward for 5 years. You may also be eligible for state and federal tax deductions for your contribution.

Contact Us to Learn More

Homes For Sale

In partnership with the Columbia Community Land Trust, Job Point’s affordable housing program currently has two brand new homes for sale at #7 and #9 Third Avenue. The houses were built by YouthBuild students and adults in our Carpentry program with direction and supervision of staff instructors. Income-eligible individuals or families may qualify for down payment assistance and mortgage payments could be a low as $630 (including principal and interest, real estate taxes, homeowners’ insurance and land trust fees).

Call today to schedule a tour or find out more by contacting Travis Kroner at 573-777-1580.

Upcoming Job Point Programs

Our next Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning class begins in August. Learn more at:

Our next Certified Nursing Assistant class is now enrolling for a June start date. Submit your application online at

Did you know that our Highway/Heavy Construction, Intermediate Construction Trades Program (ICTP) and Office Technology classes are all in open enrollment? These courses combine a mix of hands-on learning, internships and self-study to help you quickly get certified and find a great job. Learn more about all of our courses at

Job Works

Call (573) 474-8560 to learn more about program eligibility or visit to learn more.
Upcoming Classes: April 5-9,12; April 19-23,26; May 3-7, 10; May 17-21,24; June 7-11, 14; June 27-25,28.

TABE testing by appointment only.

List of names of donors

Job Point fulfills its mission through the support of Missouri businesses.
We acknowledge new and renewed employer partnerships: Atkins, Beyond Meat, City of Columbia, Columbia Manor, Cracker Barrel, Fresh Ideas, Fresh Starts Property Management, GARDA World, MBS, Midway USA, Millard Mall Services, Palmer Home Care, Penny Plate, Subway, The Broadway, Tiger Place, University of Missouri Healthcare, Walmart.

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Job Point is mid-Missouri’s premier employment center. Since 1965, we have been linking people and jobs by providing career planning and job placement assistance. We specialize in preparing individuals to enter the workforce while meeting a critical need of the business community.

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