CaRE Program Description:

The CaRE program is a 12-week employment program of the Topeka Rescue Mission (TRM) designed to help students develop and enhance life management skills and job skills in preparation for long-term, financial sustaining career employment. The TRM goal is to help prepare participants for employment through daily classroom instruction, mentoring and support.

During the 12-weeks, students will:

  • Assess and evaluate their individual skills, abilities, and vocational interests
  • Problem-solve, examine life choices, and set goals for life stability and job success
  • Confront past experiences and obstacles in order to create a plan for change and overcoming challenges
  • Be matched with a mentor through the Dare to Dream Mentoring Program


Components of the Career Readiness Education program include:

Life Skills Management Training

  • Time Management
  • Thinking Critically and Problem-solving
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Managing Stress
  • Financial Literacy

Employability Skills Training

  • First Impressions: Getting a Job
  • Job Search
  • Job Applications
  • Resumes, Cover Letters, Thank You Letters
  • Interviewing Skills

Workplace Literacy

  • Basic Computer Operations
  • Business Communications
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading and Written Communications

A Six week internship designed to provide hands-on job experience. Students will be able to model appropriate workplace behavior and build rapport with co-workers and supervisors

Access to life management and employment resources in the Topeka community

Free legal consultation provided by the Kansas Legal Service

Access to housing and consumer credit counseling resources


The CaRE employment program is staffed by three part-time employees: an Instructor, an Employment Specialist, and a Student Support Specialist, and supervised by the Director of Education at Topeka Rescue Mission.

Target Audience

The CaRE employment program will target 24-32 students per year to provide services. Recruiting efforts are directed primarily toward Topeka Rescue Mission guests who:

  • Are committed to personal accountability for their attitude, behavior, and conduct (ABC’s)
  • Desire and are motivated to take control of their lives;
  • Are preparing to obtain and maintain permanent housing and employment