Unemployed Hope President’s Jobs Agenda Brings Less Talk, More Action

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By Reniqua Allen

Six months ago, 42-year-old Michelle thought her life was finally turning around. She had conquered her addiction and been sober for four years. She was paying off old college debt. Her daughter and grandson were staying with her and, despite battling dyslexia, she had been on her job as an administrative assistant for three years, a job she just knew would help her get to the next level of her career.

“The job was starting to open up doors for me,” said the District of Columbia resident. “I felt like it was an opportunity to turn my life around. I was feeling really positive.”

Then, like millions of other Americans, she got devastating news. Her job in the nonprofit world was closing in two weeks because of a lack of funding.

Michelle began feeling overwhelmed and depressed. She sent her adult daughter and grandson to live somewhere else. She began worrying about money. She tried to enroll in training workshops, but found it difficult to keep up with the large class because of her dyslexia.

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