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Local program that helps people find jobs struggles amid pandemic

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A local program designed to help people find jobs is struggling during the pandemic.

The Salvation Army Family Services Center in Quincy Pathway of Hope program helps families get back on their feet…and part of that includes helping people get jobs.

Families with at least one child under the age of 18 qualify for its services.

With face-to-face meetings not possible, Pathway of Hope case worker, Katie Henderson, has turned to phone calls.

She says that impacts the job search part of the program.

Henderson says, "Jobs are also hard to find right now with the corona…so that's definitely…securing employment has definitely decreased but still talking to clients and keeping that game plan."

Major Andy Miller with The Salvation Army says helping people get back on their feet also helps with their other programs.

Miller says, "So many people who have just made a difference in the lives of people…which means some people don't have to but they'll find themselves not having to be dependent."

Miller says in turn those that once needed help, give help.

Miller explains, "We've seen people who have graduated from the program who might come back here and say hey…can I help someone else…and so it makes a difference. It will alleviate them from there and give us the opportunity to help more people."

Henderson says the assistance to help people isn't the problem. The availability of the resources are.

Henderson says, "I can help clients fill out applications all day, but if the places I'm having them apply aren't hiring you know it doesn't get us very far."

If you're interested in getting help from the Pathway of Hope Program:
You can call 217-231-5719.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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