November 28, 2014

Experience Works helps seniors reenter workforce

By Tim Barnum
Staff Writer
Posted

ARENAC COUNTY — In a tough economy, retiring at the once-regular age of 63 has been thrown out the window. However, some seniors may have trouble finding a job if they want or need to continue working.

That’s where Experience Works comes in. Experience Works is a federally funded organization that helps people 55 or older, who are low-income and looking for a job, get adjusted for an entrance back into the workforce.

“It is really sad how many people at the age of 70 have to work,” said Experience Works coordinator for the region of Port Huron to Houghton Lake, Bruce Wenk.

Wenk says these people, if they fit the criteria of being low-income as well, are the ones Experience Works is targeting.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know about the program and are often left without work.

“There’s older folks out there that don’t know we exist,” he said. “We could put more people (to work) in Arenac County if we could find them.”

To see more, please read the October 1 issue of the Arenac Independent.

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