Buffalo Lutheran 

Employment Service

Putting People To Work With Compassion

 

The Buffalo Lutheran Employment Service (B.L.E.S) celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. Currently operating with a

 

client database of 35, while making a minimum five job lead referrals per client, BLES provides minimum 175 job leads to its

 

client database each month. Successful job lead referral to actual employment, however, has been disappointing, primarily

 

because matching resumes to job leads over the Internet does not favor first time job seekers, persons working toward high

 

school equivalency and/or those without a well-defined skill set. Another approach is needed to service those daily entering

 

our building to seek our help. The BLES response is four-fold. The first is to form alliances with employment staffing

 

agencies where, according to the American Staffing Association, “90 percent of staffing companies provide free training to

 

their temporary and contract employees.” Moreover, 88 percent of staffing employees say that temporary or contract work

 

made them more employable. The second response involves creating a coded “hope” resume cover page for each BLES

 

client, which sets forth their hopes and plans once they are employed. So much of hitting the target has to do with aiming at

 

something; and Scriptures warn of the need for a vision (Prov. 29:18). A brighter vision can lead BLES clients to recognize

 

their need for more education. The third response invites staffing agencies and BLES clients to a monthly HOPE Breakfast

 

where agency members will be given a booklet of “hope” cover letters. Agency members will be asked to select (by check

 

box) letters of interest and BLES clients can then introduce their selves and provide their full resumes. The fourth response

 

is The Hope Report, a proposed newsletter containing the following highlights:Resume cover letter selected Hope Letter of

 

the Month (voted at HOPE Breakfast,) Staffing agencies that attended HOPE Breakfast, “Thank you” to job providers of the

 

month, BLES Seniors meetings and activities, Monthly BLES Food Pantry stats, BLES Next Month Job Target, Spotlight on

 

Job Trainer of the Month, Peace Circle Training Activities, Crime Prevention Training activities, Financial Literacy Workshop

 

activities. BLES services are free and we are willing to help individuals who are seeking employment with resume creation and

 

job training and workforce development. We partner with other agencies to help our clients access resources. 

Web site sponsored  by a grant  from the Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Buffalo Lutheran Employment Service 

Open Monday - Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Please call for an appointment - (716) 892-7682