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I know there is precious little in our area to offer support for the unemployed.
The two primary agencies I've known about (and haven't found much else...!) are the Broome County Work Force New York: www.broomecounty.org/wfny/ and for those who are disabled in some way, New York State Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities: www.vesid.nysed.gov/southerntier/
The emphasis from both locations is more on skill building than offering support groups, unfortunately.
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I am curious, how many have support groups within your area?
Maybe I'm lucky but in our 20 mile radius there are 5 groups that people can attend. Each on a different day. These cover; support, job skills, tools along with general information on networking.
We specifically ask 3 questions at each of our meeting:
What have you done in your job search
What have you done for others
What have you done for yourself
We find that helping others gives a sense of accomplishment and also helps with networking if you are volunteering within the community.
I'm in Elkhart County, IN....yes, the one that the President has visited 4 times now and MSNBC has camped out on our doorstep to follow us for a year because of our never ending high unemployment rate, currently at 18%.
While visiting Alabama last week, I went to a group there that is similar to what we have here. It was a great informational time with 12 people in attendance. They have the same program each month where they cover resumes, networking and other topics over and over but not so much the support as I am used to in our area.
Just curious as to what other people have in their areas and would love to hear what helps each of you.
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