Serving For Success (SER)
Serving for Success is the Houston Food Bank’s partnership with SER-Jobs for Progress (SER) that trains individuals for living wage jobs while they volunteer at the Houston Food Bank. With help from Serving for Success participants, the Food Bank can keep costs down as we grow and feed more hungry people. At the same time individuals gain skills for life as productive citizens.
Here’s how Serving for Success works:
- SER-Jobs for Progress recruits and qualifies participants for a two-week career readiness program.
- Individuals who graduate from the 80-hour career readiness effort are then eligible to seek further training from the Houston Food Bank, or go on to seek other career opportunities identified by SER.
- HFB-interested participants are interviewed and selected for a total of 10 positions at any given time. These positions are scattered throughout the organization and include forklift certification for those who are interested. Individuals selected by HFB receive an hourly stipend for 20 hours a week over five-weeks.
- At the conclusion of their experience with HFB, participants can then receive job placement assistance from SER. Some could be hired for full-time employment by the Food Bank.