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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 10:55am

United Way Program Brings Employment Help to the Homeless

The Augusta based 211 On the Go program sends representatives to area shelters to provide the homeless with the information and resources they need to find employment. That includes everything from job placement handouts and housing information to toiletries and free bus passes.

It is the first program of its kind in the state.

A $10,000 grant from the Department of Community Affairs helped pay for the pilot program.

Joan Stoddard writes grants for 211 On the Go. She says their goal is to stretch the money as much as possible.

"It is a small amount of money but we’re really making the most of it to help these individuals and it’s something I think that’s really going to catch on and we will be able to go out and even market it to other foundations to try and get some additional money," Stoddard said.

The only other 211 On the Go program in the country is in Detroit, Michigan.