Basic Life Skills
Our program prepares women and youth at Lotus House to live independently. Group classes and individual coaching are provided to assist women and youth in developing financial literacy, improving reading and basic math skills, and learning basic computer skills, including basic keyboarding skills, word processing programs, and Internet search engines. Participants also learn other essential life skills, such us navigating the transportation system, and developing effective communication skills.
Through Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education (GED) courses, our Education program allows women and youth to make educational gains that will further their individual education and employment goals, and improve the quality of their lives, in a supportive and trauma-informed environment. ABE and GED courses are offered on-site through Miami Dade Public School teachers, while guidance and educational support, including tutoring, are provided one-on-one to each student. Our education program is open to current Lotus House guests, alumni, and women and youth in the surrounding Overtown community.
Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique is dedicated to the support, education, advancement and social inclusion of women and youth with special needs. Our employment training programs aim to support, uplift and empower them to achieve greater self-sufficiency. As these special women and youth blossom into who they are truly meant to be, our entire community benefits from their beauty and the fruit of their potential realized.
Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique houses our Professional and Life Skills Center offering innovative, respectful, and compassionate educational programs for the women and youth Lotus House serves. Our programs are designed to provide woman on the work path with access to the tools and resources they need to secure gainful full or part-time employment, and become economically independent.
Basic Job Readiness
Through a combination of educational workshops, individual coaching, and access to further vocational training our Basic Job Readiness program enables women and youth to develop basic skills to enter the work world: responsible work etiquette, interpersonal communication, teamwork and leadership. Participants develop job search action steps, complete on-line applications, prepare resumes, sharpen interviewing skills, and learn to meet the challenges of entering the workforce. As participants discover the fulfillment of gainful employment and achieve greater self-sufficiency, “Job Coaching” groups and individual guidance provide a support system with opportunities for advancement and celebrating successes.
Retail Job Training Program
Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique is a “real world,” working retail classroom staffed entirely by Lotus House guests and alumni. Our Retail Job Training program offers our interns hands-on vocational training in the retail business, and an opportunity to learn about every aspect of operations of a retail store, including marketing and sales strategies, money-handling and cash register skills, receiving and displaying merchandise, sorting and storing inventory/donations, and developing customer service skills.
Barista Job Training Program
With assistance from local entrepreneurs Panther Coffee and their experienced team of baristas, we have developed a Barista Job Training Program focused on preparing candidates to enter the barista and restaurant industry. The Café at Lotus House Thrift acts as a “working classroom” providing a fast-paced work environment where interns are immersed in making espresso and building customer service skills, as they learn the ins and outs of running a food-service establishment.
E-commerce Job Training Program
To ensure women and youth in our program have the technical and computer literacy skills demanded of the work world today and are equipped to enter the workforce successfully, we offer an E-commerce Job Training Program via our online retail platform. Interns learn to apply career and life skills to the field of e-commerce and develop online business skills applicable to businesses beyond retail. Our program covers the basics of Internet search tools, posting and product sales, packaging and shipping, managing in-store and online inventory, as well as customer service, and basic online marketing and social media skills.
Upon completing our educational programs, participants work with Lotus House employment coaches and Jewish Community Services of South Florida to pursue their individual employment goals. With the support of our Community Partners and thanks to our referral relationships with community organizations and businesses, women and youth at Lotus House are able to secure gainful full or part time employment, taking important steps towards building the foundation for a brighter future. Want to get involved? Learn How.