Senior job placement program faces cuts -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Senior job placement program faces cuts

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Proposed federal budget cuts would slash funding for a senior employment program by nearly 65%.

Experience Works employs people 55 and older through the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging.   They work at non-profit agencies 20-hours a week earning minimum wage.   Two of those employees work at the senior center on Pine Avenue.    

Employment coordinator Jayne Hood says the program has even helped homeless seniors turn their lives around.  She said, "We put her on our program, helped her get a job and now she is fully independent.  She has two jobs and she has her own apartment and has bought her a car."    

The proposed cuts would cut the program's budget from $825 Million dollars to $300 Million.       For Southwest Georgia, that would take the number of participants down from 95 to about 40.

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