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Job Blitz event offers hope to Gainesvilles unemployed
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Savia Walker and Branden Harris stop by the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Workforce Development bus Wednesday morning at Melrose Community Homes at 854 Davis St. during the Gainesville Housing Authority’s Job Blitz. The event helped area residents search and apply for jobs, write resumes and cover letters, and discern their career interests.

Savia Walker is in a bind.

She’s been out of a job going on three years. She lives in public housing. She wants to go back to school. She wants to be able to provide for herself and family.

But first, there’s a bridge to cross.

Wednesday morning, Walker said she took an important step in the right direction.

She chose to attend the Gainesville Housing Authority’s Job Blitz, an event that provided Gainesville residents with information about jobs as well as helping them search and apply for open positions.

Sponsored by the housing authority, Goodwill and Georgia Mountains Regional Commission’s Workforce Development division, organizers also provided assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and helped job seekers narrow down their career interests.

Walker wants to be a lab assistant.

“Lab assistants in specimen processing make good money,” said Walker, as she stood outside the GMRC’s traveling Career Coach bus parked at Melrose Community Homes in Gainesville.

Walker said the decision to come out Wednesday was about getting a new game plan in her job hunt.

“I’ve been trying for years now to find a job,” Walker said. “After a while you just get tired. Being here gives me hope.”

Resident Services Coordinator Maria Calkins said Walker has an advocate in the housing authority.

“We house families who need assistance, but another part of our goal is helping families find their way back to self-sufficiency, because public housing is really transitional housing. We want to connect them with the resources to get them back on their feet again,” Calkins said.

According to the Gainesville Housing Authority’s website, the organization is responsible for the management and operation of its local housing program, but also provides other services, including homeownership opportunities, employment training and other employment programs, and support programs for the elderly.

Walker said Wednesday’s Job Blitz indeed gave her the resources she needs.

“They gave me a number I can call to see about getting back to school,” she said. “That’s a good start.”

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