Goodwill Industries, city start job center One-stop facility aims to help people leave welfare rolls

Employment

December 15, 1997|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Baltimore Goodwill Industries and the city Department of Social Services have teamed up to open a one-stop job center to help welfare recipients move into paying jobs.

In addition to having a wide variety of programs to assist job hunters, the new center houses a Social Services office that qualifies job applicants for the services, said Fred de Gregorio, a vice president of Goodwill.

"It keeps people from running all over town. They can do everything at one site," de Gregorio said of the center, which was officially opened by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke in a ceremony Friday.

The center, at 1809 Ashland Ave. near Johns Hopkins Hospital, is the first such one-stop in the state. Others are planned, but locations and financing still need to be worked out.

"Goodwill does more than collect clothing," said Linda Dolan, a spokeswoman for the charitable organization.

She noted that Goodwill also operates job centers in Northeast Baltimore, Lansdowne and Catonsville. A fifth is planned for Salisbury.

Pat Johnson, director of Goodwill's welfare and work project, said the new center not only helps welfare recipients find jobs, but also assists them in career development leading to better paying positions.

Services include:

Instruction in the preparation of a resume and the cover letter accompanying it. In addition to receiving help with the wording and presentation of the document, job applicants are taught the computer skills to print their resumes.

Telephone hot lines to area employers that job applicants can use to get information on where to send resumes and the qualifications required for certain positions.

"It makes it easier for applicants to contact the right person at a potential employer," said de Gregorio. "If they call on a regular phone, they can get a run-around."

Fax machines with which to forward job applications and to receive notice of job openings.

A computer data bank of job openings. Johnson explained that job seekers can log on and search for the types of jobs that interest them.

Adult education classes to help high school dropouts obtain a general education degree.

Career development assistance. Johnson said that, even after the center helps a person find a job, it will work with him or her to get the training or schooling required for advancement.

The center is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m.

Pub Date: 12/15/97

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