Houston County to help fund program that helps seniors

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – The Houston County Commission approved to fund additional slots for the Senior Employment program Monday during their meeting.

The program trains seniors to help get them back into the workforce.

For six months Delores Bradley has been working for the program.  She along with Laura Hodge-Scott both work for the program, teaching seniors how to use the computer.

"We just teach them the basics skills for the computer, I've learned a lot they've learned a lot," says Hodge-Scott.

Since 1974 the program has been working to help seniors learn new skills and find new jobs.

Seniors get temporary jobs at government and not for profit agencies where they learn new skills they can use to find permanent employment.

"Their incomes are just not sufficient anymore you hardly see a senior that's got a good retirement out of this age group of 55 and older," says Barbara Knight, the programs director.

Last year the program had a 40% success rate in finding its senior's jobs.

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