Lazarus Rising aims to effectively and efficiently combat homelessness through the provision of job placement skills. We empower our participants through personalized resume reviews, mock interviews, and job search portal navigation at absolutely no cost to either our participants or our community partners.
There are over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night in the United States; over 1/3 of the people in this group either have children or are children themselves; almost 1/5 of this population is considered “chronically homeless”, meaning that they have been homeless for at least one year.
To make matters worse, roughly 40% of the homeless population has not received a high school diploma and in order to acquire subsidized housing, one must wait an average period of 35 months.
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult for someone who is homeless to find employment and improve his or her living situation. There are currently very few effective job placement training programs out there, and those that do exist do not have the functional capacity to reverse this dangerous trend.
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Our program model is centered on utilizing skilled volunteerism provided by university students, who we call “JUMPStarters”, and allocating that mission-driven labor to the places that need it the most.
This model is divided into two sessions, the first with a focus on resume building and the second on interview skills and job portal navigation. Each “JUMPStarter” is paired with a participant and remains matched with them through both sessions in order to develop rapport and make the participants feel as comfortable as possible. This extra attention is critical to success as it works to break through the barriers of cynicism and insecurity that might otherwise hinder the process.
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Danny GraziosiChief Executive Officer
Danny is currently an MBA student at Binghamton University, concentrating in Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics, and Marketing. During his undergrad, he was the Binghamton Lazarus Rising Chapter President and Founder.
Nicholas MakosChief Operating Officer
Nicholas is a Junior at the University of Delaware, where he is pursuing a degree in Operations Management from the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics. In his off time he is an active member of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and is a representative of the Student Government Association on campus.
Billy SchweigertChief Technology Officer
Billy is a Computer Science major at Stony Brook University. He has a passion for software development and wants to put his knowledge to use to help people across the country. He is excited to work with a talented team of developers to create software solutions to help Lazarus Rising grow. In his spare time you can find Billy playing video games with friends or working on other software related projects.
Anthony ManoChief Innovation Officer
Anthony is a senior at the University of Delaware pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics hoping to work in financial services. He is an optimistic extrovert that is passionate about helping others achieve his or her goals. Anthony began his involvement with Lazarus Rising his sophomore year when Founder Matt Sobel brought him on a trip, and his passion was ignited since. Other interests include ice hockey, listening to music, and singing in the car.
Jake OppenheimChief Strategy Officer
Jake Oppenheim is the Chief Strategy Officer of Lazarus Rising and is working simultaneously as a full-time analyst at Goldman Sachs. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Binghamton University where he studied accounting and finance. Jake first got involved in Lazarus Rising when Danny Graziosi, a fellow member of Alpha Kappa Psi at Binghamton University, invited him on a visit to a local homeless shelter. It was during this visit that Jake saw the impact that can be made by putting the professional skills he learned throughout his time at university to use. He joined the Lazarus Rising team to help expand this impact across the country. When he is not working he enjoys exercising, browsing reddit, and watching the New York Yankees or Game of Thrones.
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During the fall of 2013, Matt Rojas was a wide-eyed college freshman at the University of Delaware. As the end of the semester approached, he figured that he should update his resume and sought guidance from his close friend and upperclassman. Shocked and awed, this friend completely revamped the document and Rojas was introduced to the uniquely acute job placement skills of university students, refined over time through numerous college, internship, and job applications. Rojas figured that if he had trouble fine-tuning these skills, then those in much less fortunate circumstances must be in very dire straits. After reaching out to a local homeless shelter and proposing the idea of a few university students conducting a resume workshop for its residents, Lazarus Rising was born.
My last interview paid off!! Things can only get better. I’m quite sure that your advice and help on condensing my resume to one page was crucial in making my resume stand out to my interviewer (now my Supervisor)!! I also want to thank you for going over the possible questions that an interviewer might ask. That gave me the confidence to be able to answer his questions in order to put myself in the best light possible. Now, work is great!! The people that I work with are wonderful and I really enjoy what I’m doing. Currently, I’m even in the process of getting into an apartment. Wish me luck!! Thank you again for all of your help and insight. I have been truly blessed in meeting you!!Louie T.
I was reluctant at first. I knew resumes were important but I thought mine was fine to start with. Lazarus Rising taught me how to sell myself to my future employers. I learned how to operate in an interview and professional setting. Most importantly, it gave me the confidence I needed to reach out and apply. Now I have a job at K&T Marketing!Steven C.
Lazarus Rising has given me more insight on homelessness and joblessness than I would have thought I could discover. I learned that people are usually not homeless because they are lazy or nonsensical, but because the world has the ability to be unfair and cruel. It’s an incredible feeling to help put these people back on their feet and give them a second chance at financial stability. People deserve this opportunity. I feel I’ve learned more from my experiences at the shelter than school could ever teach me.Danny B.
It is great to see how passionate they are about Lazarus Rising and the level of sophistication in their thought process. I look forward to keeping in touch.Tim D.
Thank you and your team for taking the time to assist us. I am around these ladies every day and I must let you know that I have never seen them so excited and captivated by you guys. You and your team brought some life back into them. Usually during classes it is very quiet, but not that day. I look forward to seeing you guys again!Jose A.