Listen as Steve Killelea, The Manor of Hope’s founder explains about how The Manor provides extensive vocational training and finds residents long term jobs that they are excited about.

From the video:

“This is very different from other programs that do not focus particularly on next steps for residents. We are acutely aware that the guys face a challenging future and getting them ready to face it and to excel is extremely important for their long-term success,” says Steve Killelea, Manor of Hope’s founder.

“One of the things that I think is hugely important, is to not just keep guys caged up. We teach them how to work with vocational skills – and for every one of them, by that 90-day mark, we’ve found a good job!”

“I’ll give you just a couple quick examples because it’s one of the things that we do vastly different.”

When they leave The Manor of Hope they have excellent jobs!

“We try and understand in that first 90 days:

  • What is that boy is all about?
  • Is he a blue-collar tech guy or is he a white-collar type of guy?
  • Is he smart?
  • Does he like to think with his brain or with his hands?
  • Is he an introvert or an extrovert?

Killelea continues, “What we want to try and do is match a job to his skill set and focus on what he likes to do… because I don’t want them working in McDonald’s or Burger King! I want to find jobs for them, that, if they choose to do that job for the rest of their life, they can make a living. So when they leave us they have excellent jobs!”

“We help them prepare resumes. Real job preparing for the real world. So we do resume writing with them the week before their interview – because they have to go for an interview. I don’t tell them I got you a job, I say, “I’ve got you an opportunity”.

“We do mock interviews with them and we take them to the interview and I’m always the one that takes them because it’s a happiest day for me. When they come out after the interview it’s like they won the lottery! I tell their employers to grill them and make it hard on them. When they come out to the car, it’s the first time in a long time that they’ve really felt great about themselves.”

“So I’m always there and I always take a picture – it’s kind of a cool day for me!”