Get To Work.
Reliable to and from transportation for those in need.
Without Reliable Transportation, Many who want to work Miss Out On Stable Jobs.
Rural Communities and Small Towns Have No Public Transportation.
Have Few Transit Options.
Have Limited Access To Public Transportation.
Of Total Income Is Used For Transportation With Low-Income Workers.
Walking To Survive
At Job Rides, we understand that getting the job is only half the problem.
For many people with low-income, the real barrier is getting to work, day after day, week after week. Without access to reliable transportation, many are forced to walk or take multiple, hours-long bus routes to keep their jobs.
We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to work and provide for their needs. By becoming a Job Rides partner, you can make the difference for our neighbors to move from surviving to thriving, through a consistent ride to work and stable income.
With access to reliable transportation, workers are four times more likely to keep their jobs, strengthening our community.
Here in Iowa, Job Rides is doing just that; Helping people Get to work,
but we need your help.
Riders Found Full-Time Work Through Job Rides
Average Number of Riders in 2022
See Executive Director, Bill Raine, explain how our program works.
Plus Pick-Up Locations In Des Moines
Miles Driven Getting Iowan's To Work
Added To Payroll in the Des Moines Market.
Here’s how you can help those in need of transportation to thrive!
Become A Partner
- Partner as an employer providing jobs.
- Partner by making a generous donation to assist with operations and ongoing fuel costs.
Help Spread The Word
- Inform the non-profit and public organizations you know to continue our ability to meet the needs of riders and employers.
Change A Life
- Enable those in need to work and provide a better life for themselves and those they love.
In August of 2022 I was released from the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, IA. I was placed in the Fresh Start Facility in Des Moines where I was introduced to Rain Recruiting. I had little but my prison sweatsuit and some hygiene items to my name. Rain not only helped me get my job at Katecho (where I’ve since been promoted three times and am still employed) but they made sure I got there every day. Even arranged a pickup for me at my apartment when I moved out of the facility on my own. I’ve accomplished a lot since my release in August. I’ve purchased a new car, am going back to school to further my career at Katecho as an engineer, and just got approved for a mortgage to buy my first home. I’ll never forget the morning rides with all the incredible staff at Rain Recruiting. Thank you so much for this second chance at life! I will definitely be making the most of it! I just wanted you all to know what a big difference you’re making out here. Keep up the amazing work!
The main focus of my position is to connect employers to refugees and vice-versa. However, between the two there are barriers that often make these connections difficult or nearly impossible. One barrier that is often identified during conversations with employers throughout Iowa is the lack of transportation. Often places of employment are located far from job seekers’ homes. Public transportation is not adequate or available.
Job Rides’ purpose helps eliminate the lack of transportation and enhances quality of life for underserved populations by making the connection to quality employment a reality.
Workforce Liaison, Bureau for Refugees – Iowa Department of Health and Human Services
Job Rides has been a lifesaver for us at Dee Zee. We can’t thank Bill and his team enough for seeing that there was a need for a program like this in the Des Moines area. We have been working closely with Refugee Services throughout Des Moines to provide arriving refugees with job opportunities. These employees have become amazing assets to our company, but after a few months if they do not have a license and car, they have no way to get to work due to no longer being eligible for transportation through government services. Job Rides found a solution that we are incredibly grateful for, as are our employees. It gives these individuals more time to get acclimated to the area until they are able to get a license and transportation for themselves. A huge thank you to Bill and his team for being so helpful and easy to work with, while providing such an essential program to our area. Without this program, we would lose a lot of incredible staff.
Sarah C. Tighe, MA
Our Executive Director, Bill Raine was recently interviewed on the Makers Podcast with Leisa Fox.
In Episode 2 of the Makers Podcast, Bill explains his passion for getting people into better jobs and opportunities, while also making sure businesses are getting the employees they need for long term success. Forever changing the game for transportation to work for those that need it, Bill explains his non-profit, Job Rides, and how it has grown in popularity since 2021.