Stimulus dollars help put people to work

Stimulus dollars help put people to work

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Anjanette: AFlowers@WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 5:46 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's been a while since Kenyatta Bryant has had a steady job.

"In the mornings when I come in, I check the voice mails, call clients back, filing, faxing, setting up appointments," she said, describing her new job. "I haven't been in the working field since 2007. It's 2010 and I'm ready to get back on my feet. It's a jumpstart for everything."

It's a jumpstart for Bryant and her daughter thanks to stimulus dollars through a program called "Opportunity Project."

The Department of Social Services held two job fairs during the month of March that will provide 500 temporary jobs to low-income families.

Now, we're starting to see some of those applicants get to work and that, in turn, helps the employer.

"I think it's just very helpful because it helps an employee like me get on my feet," said Victorianne Maxwell of the Maxwell Law Firm.

Maxwell recently opened a law firm near uptown Charlotte.

"So, I ran into the problem where I wasn't able to financially hire someone right off the bat, but I do need the help because the calls come in when I'm in court or I'm busy," she said.

Bryant will be paid through stimulus dollars. It's a program both say has proven to be a win-win.

Goodwill is one of five agencies working with the Department of Social Services to help people like Bryant.

"We took a lot of life skills classes, work performance, customer services skills classes and things like that," said Bryant.

For Goodwill, this is what their mission is all about -- helping folks in the community find jobs.

"The stimulus program really helps us accomplish that mission as well as meet the initial objective of stimulating the economy," said Michael Elder, president and CEO of Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont.

At the end of the day, Bryant said, "It's very helpful. I'm glad to know that now I'm a paid employee."

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