That is an excellent question!
There are multiple supports available in our community for individuals that are over 55 years old and want to return to the workforce. The type of support available ranges from updating a resume and assistance with searching for a new job to actual on-site assistance with learning job skills.
The Wisconsin Job Center, Forward Service Corporation, and NWTC Career Services can all help with updating your resume, creating a cover letter, developing interviewing skills, teaching job search strategies, and providing career guidance.
The W.I.S.E. program through the Department of Health Services and the S.T.E.P. program through Curative Connections assist individuals that are 55 years or older by providing placement in a non-profit or government position. Persons are then able to improve their job skills in order to return to working elsewhere in the community.
Are you disabled and need accommodations to return to work?
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a federal and state-funded program designed to help individuals with disabilities in preparing for, finding, and keeping employment. Contact the local Wisconsin Job Center to learn more.
Have you considered volunteering?
This is an excellent way to give back to the community and share your skills with others. There are many opportunities for volunteering available here at ADRC. We are currently looking for volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound residents in Brown County, as well as a yoga instructor that would be willing to donate their time to teach young adults with varying abilities (see page 34 for details). Do you play an instrument, love to craft or garden, or have another talent you would like to share with others? Contact Jeremy, ADRC Program Coordinator, to discuss opportunities (920) 448-4300. Contact the Volunteer Center to find out what community wide opportunities in local non-profit organizations may be available.