Offered in partnership with the Mo Department of Social Services, SkillUp helps SNAP recipients obtain skills, training, education, and employer connections that lead to employment and on-the-job success.
My name is Chelle and because of COVID I became unemployed for 303 days. Before COVID I managed two physician clinics. I have worked since I was 18-years-old, and because I had a professional career I felt protected from being laid off. But COVID changed my life and the lives of so many others. During my career I have always been dedicated to helping others and sharing resources. I never expected that one day I would need those same resources.
I learned about the SkillUp program from a Facebook post. I began thinking I may need to look at a different career path or receive specialized training. It felt like what I was doing wasn’t working and I needed a different perspective. I completed the online form and immediately received a phone call. Lacey introduced herself as my contact and I was greeted with compassion, understanding, and support. We looked at available jobs together frequently and Lacey made sure that I knew of available jobs when they became available. She also connected me to resources that made my life easier while unemployed. I felt a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders because I felt supported. It took 303 days and over 75 resumes before I was offered a job but today I am working again! Lacey and the SkillUp program were a light of hope during a very dark time for me!
SkillUp is a program for Food Stamp recipients to gain skills, training or work experience.