Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Going With a Plumber

Although the process of hiring a plumber is fairly straightforward and simple, the one thing that you should know is that there is always room for mistakes, and people end up making them in a lot more hurry than you might think, in the first place.

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For now, we want to focus on the mistakes that you should avoid. The reason behind this is simple, we want to be able to look at how to minimize financial loss in the process.

Hiring an Unlicensed Plumber

One of the biggest mistakes that most people end up making is that they hire plumbers who are not licensed. On surface, it might sound like an okay thing to do but in reality, it can cause you a lot of trouble, something that you should avoid at all costs, and this is something that is a must do because if you don’t, then you might end up regretting it later down the road.

Delaying The Process

Another mistake that most people commonly make is that they delay the process of hiring. This is not something that is uncommon, but if you delay the process, the issue that you are facing might magnify in the process. Something that will never yield good results.

So, it is best that as soon as you spot a problem, you hire the professionals so you do not have to go through additional trouble down the road. Once you have avoided these mistakes, you will not have any issue coming your way.

Drifting Mistake We All Should Avoid

There is no denying that for a lot of people, drifting is more or less a passion and while many might not admit it right away, they are actually very passionate about it as well and want to make the most of the situation without any issue that might come in the way.

The thing about drifting is that there is always a chance of things going wrong if you are not careful enough. In such situations, it is better that you are being careful, because otherwise, you might end up regretting it altogether.

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Not Starting With The Lessons

One of the biggest mistakes that we can make is not starting with the lessons. This is something that we all need to avoid as much as possible and the best thing is that it can actually be avoided. With so many options available on the internet, you can easily learn to avoid these mistakes and have a smooth experience that will teach you how to drift.

Rushing Into It

Another mistake that a lot of people end up making is that they end up rushing into it. This is something that we all need to avoid as much as possible and the more we avoid these mistakes, the better it is going to be, as well. Drifting is not something that should be taken lightly, and in many cases, people do exactly that, too. Which only results in further issues coming up. So, if you want to have a good experience, make sure that you do not rush into it.

How to Make House Cleaning Service Safe

Almost everyone these days is looking to hire a house cleaning service in their area because of their busy lifestyles and work routines. House cleaning services also help a lot in this regard, you can just contact them online or over the call and they’ll start working according to a schedule defined by you.

But, since you’re trusting and letting the strangers in your house, you need to make sure that they’re professionals and not thugs or thieves. You’ll have to hire a reputable cleaning service in big cities like Jersey City (here is exactly where to find cleaning services in Jersey City) Well, here are some steps you can follow before hiring a house cleaning service.

Background Checks of Employees

You don’t need to bother about this one, because all the reputable house cleaning service providers keep a data of background checks of their employees even before hiring them. A background check may include a person’s personal information, origin, criminal record and medical history.

Before hiring  a house cleaning service, ask a relevant authority for the background check of their employees.

Insurance

Insurance of both the employees and your house is necessary. While your house insurance would help you recover any accidental damage caused in the cleaning service, the employees’ insurance would help the service provider cover the medical expenses of that employee if he faces any accident during the work.

Insurance also enables you defend against any missing/ broken/ stolen item from your house after the cleaning service.

Check With Your Connections

Checking with your connections, and the people who recently used a specific company’s cleaning services is your best bet. They’ll let you know honestly how the staff behaves, and what is their actual turnaround.

You can also search online for some honest testimonials about their services.

Beginners Guide to Hiring Cleaning Services

In today’s world, there are all sorts of services being offered which makes our lives so much easier. Cleaning services are the same, there are different types of cleaning services out there that you can benefit from, although they are very different from housekeeping. If you are about to hire a cleaning service for the very first time then this article will be your complete guide.

As already discussed there are different types of cleaning services, so you can’t just hire any cleaning service. You need to find the one that you are looking for specifically. For example, there are pre and post party cleaning services, end of tenancy cleaning Rotherhithe, etc. Once you find your desired cleaning service company make sure that you ask them all the important details, which include the rates they charge, whether they have their own cleaning equipment or will they be using yours, and most importantly whether or not they are licensed or not. It is very important that any service that you hire is licensed as well as insured so that you can rest easy in case of any unforeseen events.

Some cleaning companies have all the fancy equipment with them while some use your cleaning equipment. It is not about the equipment that is being used, rather it is about how well they clean. So before you hire any cleaning service make sure that you read reviews about their services and only then make a decision, after all, you are spending money on it. Also do make sure that the service is being offered in your area as well, as sometimes what these companies do not tell you is that they only clean in specific areas and if they come in your area they charge you extra for it.

Questions You Should Ask a Personal Injury Clinic

If you have been going through a personal injury, or you know someone who is going through it, the one thing that is certain is that personal injury is something that happens to be a lot more common than you might think. At the same time, you need to know that the more you take care of the injury, the better it is going to be for you, as well.

You can actually look at the best personal injury clinic in Florence SC and find a lot of options with ease. The thing that you need to know here is that you might have a few questions that you may want to ask. This is something that happens to be a lot more common than you might think. It is always better to ask these questions beforehand because that is the purpose.

What Services Do You Provide?

One of the main questions that you should ask is just what type of services are they providing. This is an important question because in many cases, you might end up with a clinic that does not even provide the services that you are in need of. So, the best thing is that you do not go through that process, and avoid the mistakes as much as possible.

How Much Do You Charge?

Another important question that you should ask whenever you are going with something like a personal injury clinic is asking them just how much they charge. This is one of the most important questions that you need to ask because different clinics charge differently, and you need to find the one that charges according to your budget, so you do not run into any discrepancies.

Once you are done with the process, you would be good to go.

Some Jobs You Can Get in Social Work

Some people are naturally a lot better at compartmentalising and coping with the hardships of life than others are. If you’re one of these people, then you can actually consider yourself gifted. You understand how everything is a process and that any situation can be made better, no matter how bleak it may seem at first. You’re able to stay optimistic about life even when things seem most confusing but you notice that most people around you are unable to cope with their problems by themselves.

If you think that you’re good at helping others, you can actually pursue a career in social work. There are many social work agencies London that is looking for someone with your kind of talent and there are so many job opportunities a well. Although, for good employability, you’ll need to have some sort of training or educational background in social work, If you have that, then you’ll want to check out some of these social work jobs that you could do.

Become a Counsellor

There’s no such thing as too many counsellors in the job market because there are people out there who really need someone who can understand and help them through their problems. Some people aren’t compatible with their counsellors, so there will always be clients who prefer counselling from you, as long as you can help them out!

Health Care Social Work

If you have a degree in health care, then you may be a hero and not even know it. You have the capability to save ailing lives and there are so many people out there who can’t afford basic healthcare, that needs you. People like you might be the only hope that the less privileged have when it comes to healthcare.

Vaginal Rejuvenation: What You Need to Know

Most women in their early 40’s start losing the tightness and moistness in their vaginal walls that they used to have in their 20’s. Vaginal childbirth can leave the appearance of your vagina in a highly unsightly shape and you might feel drier down there than ever before. The intensity and pleasure you used to get from your orgasms might not be same once you hit your 40’s, and this can greatly affect your mental and physical wellbeing. Your partner might notice this change in your body and this might potentially affect your relationship in the long run. Going through a vaginal rejuvenation process can help you get that youthfulness appearance of your vagina once again and this can instantly boost your self-confidence.

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Due to the fact that it is a really sensitive part of your body, you should fully evaluate various options in the market and choose a treatment type that poses the least amounts of collateral damage to the body. Vaginal irregularities not only affect the external appearance the vagina but they can even create chances of pain and itchiness suddenly in some women.

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Getting a Solar Panel Installed

There is denying that solar panels are the future, and this is only made evident by the fact that more and more people are using it. However, the thing that you need to know is that there are some mistakes that you can make in the process, and it is only natural. After all, we are just humans, and mistakes can be made, too.

Keeping that in mind, if you are thinking of investing in a solar system, there are a few mistakes that you should be avoided whenever you are thinking about getting the solar panels installed. This is actually very important. So, keeping that in mind, you should definitely look into it in order to have a good experience.

Not Checking Out The Options

You might be under the impression that all solar panels are made the same way but that is not how it works. Different companies have different solar panels available in the market. You need to buy the one that is good. You should check out the options available in the market. That way, you will not have any issues when it comes to buying the right panels. Just make sure that you look around.

Not Consulting The Experts

Another thing that you need to know is that it is always better to consult the experts. Because it actually happens to be one of the most important factors available. The experts will be able to give you proper advice and you will not have to worry about anything that might go wrong, either.

The expert advice is always good when it comes to making the most of your experience as well as your money. So, always keep that in mind.

All You Need to Know About Massage Therapy Training

Choosing a career is tricky and difficult for many people, however, it does not have to be that difficult. What most people do not realize is that even the simplest of task can be turned into a profession. The most basic example is being a massage therapist.

Although it seems simple, not everyone can handle being a massage therapist, after all, when we go for a massage therapy we only expect the best. So if you plan on becoming a massage therapist then this is the article that you need to read as it will tell you everything there is to know about massage therapy and its training.

Just like every other profession to be a massage therapist you first need to go through massage therapy training. At massage therapist program San Jose you can get the best massage therapy training and at the end, you will receive a massage therapy certificate.

But before you start the training you should bear in mind that you have to be in the best physical shape to be a massage therapist and have to live a healthy lifestyle. Make sure that you spend some extra time on self-care. Eat healthy, stretch and exercise, and make sure to take care of your body.

The cost for going to a massage therapy school can go up to as much as 15000 US dollars, if you are worried about the expenses then rest easy as there are a lot of student loan programs that will help you out throughout the process.

In the training school, you will learn various techniques and methods that help in relieving pain and how you can release the tension from muscles to help your clients relax.

4 Actionable Strategies to Strengthen Word-of-Mouth Advertising

Word of mouth marketing (WOM) is one of the most powerful assets to promote your business. As the name implies, it implicates creating a buzz about something and promoting the buzz to get your customers to do the advertising for you. WOM is particularly crucial when planning your marketing tactics since a major chunk of people reach out to friends for recommendations and search for online reviews before making any decision. If you’re new to word-of-mouth advertising, here are some top-notch strategies you can implement to skyrocket your business.

Create a Strong Background Story

People tend to narrate the background story of the organization when recommending something. Develop a compelling brand narrative that people can relate to. This will increase the likelihood of your customers endorsing your brand and naturally promote your business.

Encourage User-Created Content

Digital media markets brands through meaningful content just like print media uses cheap banners for advertisement. User-generated content (UGC) is any form of content such as images or articles posted by users on online platforms. It indicated the quality of brands and builds trusts amongst customers, boosting sales. Promote UGC by introducing a unique brand hashtag to house the content shared by the users and showcase the content on your sites.

Offer Incentives

Incentivizing word of mouth advertising creates a win-win situation for both you and your customers. It people a reason to advocate your business and skyrocket your sales, no matter how big or small the incentives are. Consider holding giveaways or lucky draws to endorse your products and create a hype amongst your customers.

Introduce a Referral Program

A referral program is an effective method of incentivizing customers. It lets you tap into the goodwill within your customer pool to attract new customers and drive sales. Common referral programs include cashback and discounts on future purchases and services, points redemptions and priority services.

Reasons Behind Car Accidents And How Your Lawyer Can Help

Although the latest cars are made to be more accident resistant with braking technology systems and more, there are still many factors that lead to the collision of automobiles that can prove to be life threatening.

Data has proven that most car accidents in California arise due to these following components; driving under influence, texting and driving, speeding, reckless driving, roads in poor conditions, falling asleep while driving and not following traffic lights. Due to these factors, many people become victims to accidents and have to pay for damages to their vehicles and for personal injuries.

This is where car accident lawyers come in. These people are experts at these types of lawsuits and claims. They guide their clients through all legal processes from making a claim till they receive their compensation. Without their help, you might not be able to get the compensation you deserve. They also guide you with legal choices that help you get what you want from the claim.

You can contact a car accident lawyer in San Diego to help you win a case. They are all experts who provide the best guidance one could need and some even provide free consultations.

Another thing to keep in mind is the types of injuries one may suffer from an accident. Mostly, these injuries are all long term, so the bills for treatment prove to be expensive. Some of these injuries include; facial injury, shattered bones, spine traumas, paralysis, cuts and bruises, fatality, disability, internal bleeding and scars.

To get proper compensation for such injuries, you should hire a good attorney who specializes in sector. Through his knowledge, you will be able to determine the reason behind the accident and how severely the perpetrator should be punished for his actions.

What to Do During a Car Lockout

No matter how careful you are when it comes to keeping your car keys, you would end up being locked out of your vehicle and leaving your keys inside. Because of the constant advancements in the technology nowadays, lock systems are constantly being upgraded and outdated versions become obsolete. This means that you would not be able to pry open your locking system manually and you would need to call in the professionals to get the job done. Rather than staying in a potentially tensed up situation for a long period of time, you should let the professional technicians deal with the problem as soon as possible.

Being panicked in such a situation can make things worse for you and therefore you should stay calm until the issue gets resolved. It could be very frustrating if you called in the locksmith company on your location and later find out that one of the doors stayed unlocked throughout the time. If you left locked keys in car, then you can get this issue resolved in no time by checking out the services offered on the website of Markham Towing SVC now.

Before calling for professional help, try remembering if you have a spare key left somewhere in the house. This would not only save up money but also your precious time. People who have roadside assistance option provided by their insurance provider can avail this offer and get their car towed towards the desired mechanic workshop. This coverage would come in handy to you when you are stranded on a remote highway far away from your home. Being locked out of your car in such a location can expose you to safety threats and you should call the towing company as soon as possible.