BRATTLEBORO — Work Today, a new jobs program for community members who face obstacles to regular employment, is being touted as a success after a pilot run.
“I think it’s our job to put money in people’s pockets and build community,” said Michaela Stockwell, workforce development coordinator at Youth Services.
Her main challenge, she said, was not having enough job placements when all the needs of potential participants are urgent. She cited issues related to mental health, substance use and homelessness as barriers to regular employment.
The pilot program was designed to place 10 people over the age of 18 in jobs around the community three days a week. On average, about 15 to 20 people are looking to participate each day.
At one point,