“We just feel it’s a calling and a good cause,” said Tafford Deshotel of Faith Employees’ Employment Data (FEED).
Deshotel, along with FEED recruiter for the area Shannon Hollier, spoke to the Rotary Club of Crowley Tuesday about FEED’s mission in order to get the word out about the fairly new entity.
FEED, which is new to the area and operates out of Lake Charles, is a not for profit, internet based employment agency whose mission is providing churches with a means of reaching out to the unemployed members of the community.
The service, which is free to the individuals, charges a fee to businesses searching for employees and churches looking to help members of its congregation find employment.
Businesses of one to 20 are charged $120 per year or $250 for three years while businesses of 20 employees or more are charged $240 per year or $500 for three years. Churches, meanwhile are charged $1 for each member of their church (the average size of the congregation).
While FEED is relatively new, it has already garnered the support of several churches in Acadiana including Northside Assembly of God in Crowley.
When a church becomes a member, the church is given a code that allows it to help the unemployed in its congregation find jobs by posting resumes and applying for already available jobs.
Consequently, if an employer is searching for employees it can post a job listing and/or peruse the available resumes.
FEED looks to churches’ mandates to reach out to those living in the grip of ineffectiveness, or evangelism, by working with the churches, matching the unemployed with businesses looking for employees.
Hollier explained that she hopes to speak to more groups and churches in the area soon but also urged the Rotarians to contact their church if he/she believed the church would be interested in a parternship with FEED.
FEED, according to Deshotel, offers a variety of jobs as well.
And FEED has already had moderate success as a new entity, which has led to more of an effort to get the word out about its services.
For more information on FEED, visit its website at www.feedjobplacement.com.