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.
Help us spread our efforts far and wide! Please contact our CEO, Matt Rojas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a JUMPStarter and make a difference in the lives of others, contact our COO, Matt Sobel, at email@example.com.
To become a community partner and help us accomplish our mission, email our CEO, Matt Rojas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt RojasChief Executive Officer
Matt Rojas is a junior at the University of Delaware, pursuing a BS in Economics and a BA in Public Policy. Growing up around New York City, he was painfully aware of the homelessness crisis present in the United States and saw Lazarus Rising as an innovative solution that could change lives at a large scale. Matt’s favorite experience with Lazarus Rising has been when a man named Louie, one of the people that he worked with directly, found a job and personally thanked Matt for his help. Looking forward, Matt is excited about augmenting Lazarus Rising to serve underprivileged communities all over the world!
Matt SobelChief Operating Officer
Matt Sobel, a junior at the University of Delaware, pursuing a BS in Finance and Economics, is the Chief Operating Officer of Lazarus Rising. During Matt’s sophomore year at the University of Delaware, he thought he had it all; stellar grades, strong extracurricular involvement, and a promising career. However, as Matt continued his studies during the semester, he felt a lack of fulfillment. He had always been community service oriented, although volunteering at a food bank left him feeling under-utilized.
One day, Matt received an email about a more unique service opportunity. Matthew Rojas was looking for volunteers to travel to Sojourners’ Place, a local homeless shelter in Wilmington, to conduct resume reviews and mock interviews. Matt Sobel immediately fell in love with the idea and knew that he needed to join the cause. After conducting the program model Matt realized the potential for impact Lazarus Rising had and the rest is history.
Matt’s favorite Lazarus Rising experience thus far has been when a man named Steven, one of the people that he worked with directly, utilized his mock interview experiences to obtain a full time position at a marketing firm. When Matt envisions Lazarus Rising a few years from now, he sees this program model expanding to universities and homeless shelters across the country. Looking forward, he believes Lazarus Rising will be able to achieve its goals and change the current homelessness epidemic on a global scale.
Jim CeliaChief Financial Officer
Jim Celia is a senior at the University of Delaware, pursuing a BS in Accounting and Economics and an MS in Accounting. He joined Lazarus Rising as a way to put the accounting and legal skills he had learned in class to work for the underprivileged members of our society. Jim’s favorite experience with Lazarus Rising has been finding out the organization achieved 501(c)(3) status on his birthday. Looking forward, Jim hopes to work towards earning grants and bringing in donations for the project in order to expand the program model nationwide and to help as many people as possible.
Nate HamiltonChief Technology Officer
Nate Hamilton is a junior Chemical Engineering and Computer Science double major studying at the University of Delaware. Upon hearing about Lazarus Rising his sophomore year, he immediately recognized what a significant impact such an organization could have on the community. Since joining, Nate has made numerous friends and countless memories while helping the homeless. One of his favorite aspects of Lazarus Rising is how much progress has been made in a relatively short amount of time from number of shelters being worked with, to the quality of the program, to the number of homeless getting jobs. This shows that there is a huge amount of potential for Lazarus Rising to increase its positive impact around the world ,and Nate is excited to be a part of it!
Eric AlbersChief Innovation Officer
Bryan TownsendSenator, State of Delaware
Dr. John McNuttUniversity Of Delaware
Will CobbManagement Consultant, PwC
David SangManagement Consultant, McKinsey & Company
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.