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by David Lobo, WEP Case Manager

There is a lot of misinformation about Welfare in America. The tired and offensive stereotype of a Welfare Queen “sitting around and doing nothing” and “living of the government” is a lie. Not only is this stereotype false, but it unfairly stigmatizes many of our neighbors that are trying to get back on their feet. welfare_two
The truth is, since 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of (PRWORA) has put a 60 month lifetime limit on Welfare cash assistance. Recipients of cash assistance are required to participate in a Work Experience Program. In order for participants to continue to receive cash assistance, they are required to work between 86 and 151 hours monthly.

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At East End Community Services, we help participants in the Work Experience Program by coordinating internships and work placements. Our goal is to provide a meaningful work experience for each participant that can ultimately lead toward employment and self-sufficiency. In 2013 we helped over 70 participants find employment. For more information about the Work Experience Program, please contact Lindsey Jarvis, Program Manager, at (937)259-1898.

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