Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston recognizes this harsh reality and its mission is to provide employment and training opportunities specifically to those who need it in this age group. The agency runs job fairs, job club, job search activities and, perhaps most significantly, helps its clients upgrade their technical and networking skills.
"When you are in your 50s and 60s, you can lack the confidence and the ability [to get a new job]," said Mark Gyurina, Director of Training Services at ABLE. "We provide that push and the confidence-building to get people back in the job search."
Now, thanks to stimulus funding, ABLE can also provide additional training opportunities to help older job seekers.
Recovery Act Impact: Operation A.B.L.E.
C-SEP enables ABLE to place clients in non-profit organizations, paying them a small salary and getting them training in new skills. Often, clients are hired after they finish the program or at the very least have experience they can place on their resume.
"We are dealing with people with significant barriers to work," said Gyurina. "Their age, homelessness or disabilities and the goal is to get these people employed."
According to Gyurina, the program was running out of funds and without the stimulus award, they would have had to reduce the program. ""The stimulus funds enabled us to maintain our program and meet the demand for it," he said.
"The stimulus funds were a godsend," said Gyurina. "I don't know where these people would have received training and jobs. They are now working, making money and they are no longer unemployed."