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Friday, September 16, 2011

Federal Program Helps End Cycle of Poverty

Over $168, 000 from Ottawa will help Saint Johners struggling to overcome barriers to work like a criminal record or a lack of education.Saint John MP Rodney Weston announcing the funding at the John Howard society for the Skills Link program.
Program Manager Susan O'Neil says this program cuts the cycle of poverty and reduces the number of people on welfare.

She says a lot of the young men have girlfriends with babies and when they get placed with a carpenter or an electrian they make enough money to get their own apartment and take care of their girlfriend and their baby.

O'Neil adds about 90 people have gone through with a 68 per cent success rate.
She says they measure success based on the client remaining in the job a year after placement.   For more information on the program click here