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How We Began

FaithWorks formed in the mind and heart of Joyce Dalzell several years before the first class began in 2003. It was while she was volunteering at a local food pantry that she realized that the people being served “just have never learned the skills they need to find a good job and be a good employee.” At that time, Joyce was employed as a human resource specialist. (Well, she still is, in a way.)

Joyce and others prayed about the possibility of a training center for unemployed adults for over a year before doors started opening. Joyce visited a similar program, Hope Works, in Memphis, and she was hooked. She received training in the Adkins Life Skills Program at Columbia University in New York. The Highland Church of Christ elders blessed this fledgling ministry, provided a space for it to start, and the first class met in January of 2003.

Fall 2019 makes our 49th class of men and women seeking to better themselves, break out of the cycle of destructive behavior and poverty and become self-sustaining citizens of our community.

We thank God for putting His power behind Joyce’s vision.

What is FaithWorks?

Watch this video about our program and what to expect.


My story starts a year or so before coming to FaithWorks. Life then was totally different from what it is now. Drugs and self-destruction had finally gotten a good grasp on me. By then I had lost several jobs due to bad choices in part because of my drug use. Not to mention my daughter had been placed in my parents’ home because of a CPS call. That’s when my life turned upside down. I had always thought I had control of my drug use, but with prescription medication, it is never that way. It’s only a matter of time before they get a hold of you, and that is one grasp that is hard to break free from. Keep reading and you will see for yourself.

Program Overview

Classes are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FaithWorks offers three career development sessions a year: spring, summer and fall.

Class attendance is mandatory.

We start each day right after breakfast with a time of devotional, prayer and journaling.

You'll learn computer skills, conflict resolution skills, and the truths taught in the Bible.

The Life Skills curriculum teaches you to identify your skills and interests, then match them with a career path.

You'll learn where to find leads for jobs, how to write a resume, how to interview successfully, and what employers are looking for.

We'll find you an internship where you will put those skills to work.

Besides all that, the food is great! Breakfast and lunch are served every day at no charge, and the coffee is always hot.

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