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Increased Need, Decreased Resources
Senior To Work Program Hours CutMany of the volunteers at the Hospitality Center are guests, but not all. Perez said he has a few paid staff through the senior employment development program. Funded through the Department of Workforce Development, those staff had their hours cut from 28 to 17 hours a week. “That’s really put a big burden on us in our ability to take care of people,” Perez said. Obie Glover, one of the workers, comes in anyway because he wants to continue to help Perez even though he’s not getting paid for all of the hours he works. “We’re all willing to do what we can do, but it’s not enough hours,” Glover said. “But this man works from 5 a.m. to sometimes 7 p.m. He makes the meetings, and puts in calls to get the donations when a lot of people have abandoned ship because there is a new captain.”
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