Lexington Groups Working To Lower Unemployment

Lexington Groups Working To Lower Unemployment

Some Lexington organizations put together clinics--and provide business attire as well as bus passes--to help the unemployed find jobs.
There are around 166 thousand unemployed people in Kentucky, according to the Office of Employment and Training.

In Lexington, fifteen thousand people don't have jobs...but some organizations work to change that.

"Money's already tight, and so a lot of people lack the resources to go out and buy a new suit...or transportation is an issue," said Annie Ormsbee, who works at the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington as coordinator for the Bridging the Gap program.

It's something that Jubilee Jobs of Lexington, an organization that works to help the under- and unemployed get the jobs they need.

Shay Irwin, who works at Jubilee Jobs, was also someone they helped. She was unemployed for more than two years, selling nearly everything she owned to make ends meet.

When she found the Lexington organization, they gave her some business clothes...and hope.

"Every day, they either emailed me or called me to tell me that they believed in me," said Irwin.

She found a job. A short time later, Jubilee Jobs hired her--she's worked there since.

It's the sort of success story that both organizations work to create.

"We want to, more than anything, give people confidence," said Ormsbee.

A career clinic will be held Saturday, March 9th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1450 North Broadway.

Lunch will be provided as well as credit counseling, and a free interview outfit will be given to those who stay the entire time.

Coordinators suggest anyone who wants to attend should RSVP by calling Annie at 859-253-1993 ext. 225.
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