Neighbors at Work

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At Neighborhood Ministries, we are passionate about equipping and empowering people to become financially stable and self-sufficient. Through each of our Neighbors at Work programs, we are assisting at-risk youth and young adults in obtaining and maintaining employment. Our desire is to help them reach self-sufficiency through employment training and life skills development. Check out each of our programs below to see how this plays out on a weekly basis at Neighborhood Ministries, and consider supporting one or more of our enterprises!

El Mercado Thrift Store

AREA OF IMPACT: neighbors-at-work

The El Mercado Thrift Store is a great place to shop for one-of-a-kind treasures. Our on-site store sells new and used clothes, shoes, electronics, kitchen utensils, furniture, and other home goods.

Not only does the thrift store provide job training for Neighborhood Ministries, but it also provides much needed items for families in the community. Parents of youth in our programs volunteer each week, earning credit to purchase items at the thrift store.


Monday, Thursday, Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Director(s): Juan Cordero


AREA OF IMPACT: neighbors-at-work

OpportuniTees is a custom screen printing and embroidery business which employs men and women from our community. OpportuniTees can provide your business, organization or church group with quality screen printing and embroidery products, including shirts, bags, hats, etc.

OpportuniTees is a micro-enterprise of Neighborhood Ministries. We provide hope through jobs, employing under-resourced men and women, teaching job and life skills, helping them to become productive members of the community.

  • Director(s): Salena Resendez

Workforce Development

AREA OF IMPACT: neighbors-at-work

Through our Workforce Development program, we walk alongside job seekers and guide them through the steps of employment. We help them become aware of the skills and abilities necessary for their desired place of work. We help them establish realistic educational, employment, and personal goals that are fundamental to their success.

In addition, we help participants develop basic computer skills, such as using email, social media, and LinkedIn. We also assist in improving their professional, interpersonal and social skills, as well as helping them create a functional resume and setting a functional job search plan.

The end result is learning a strong work ethic that gives them the competitive edge to maintain meaningful employment.


  • Director(s): Manuela Sheehan