Stimulus money puts unemployed boatbuilders and lobstermen in new jobs

6:48 PM, Mar 16, 2010   |    comments
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MILBRIDGE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Washington Hancock Community Agency is putting people back to work and helping low income families at the same time.

WHCA used federal stimulus money to hire 14 additional employees to weatherize homes for low income families in Washington and Hancock counties.

Most of the new hires were at risk of losing, or had recently lost their jobs.

Glen Jordan is one of those hires. He spent 7 years working on a lobster boat. He decided to get out of lobstering when prices plummetted a year ago. He says he really enjoys the new work.

"The thing about it is the gratification of this job, I love it. I feel I have found my calling, because you go into a persons home, you make it warmer for them and you save on their fuel bill, electricity bill, "  Jordan said.

The stimulus money will fund the additional employees for the next 18 months. WHCA says it is already writing grant applications and looking for funding to keep the program staffed at current levels.

Anyone in Washington or Hancock County who would like to find out if they are eligible to get their homes weatherized can call 664 2424.








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