Promedica, Goodwill open Job Connection Center in Uptown Toledo

    The Job connections center is free and open to the public (

    Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- More than one in four adults in Toledo's Uptown neighborhood, have not finished high school.

    A space inside the Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio hopes to change those statistics.

    "This Job Connection Center is in collaboration with promedica Ebeid promise," Amy Wachab President and CEO of Goodwill Industries Northwest Ohio.

    "The Ebeid neighborhood promise is a neighborhood initiative to provide support resources and opportunity to neighborhoods that surround the toledo area," Kate Sommerfeld, President of the Social Determinants of health group with Promedica.

    The center is also placed in a strategic area-- in Toledo's Uptown Neighborhood where half of the residents live below the poverty lines and 30 percent are unemployed.

    "When you look at unemployment rates throughout the city of toledo especially in the neighborhoods that are low to moderate income that employment is really an opportunity to improve someone's health," said Sommerfeld.

    Just like the name says, the center will help provide regular people with jobs,but it's different than just being handed an application.

    "We help one person at a time with whatever it is that's keeping them from being employed," Amy Wachab.

    Staff is on hand to help with everything from learning how to work computers, going over resumes, to even conducting interviews.

    "Because our method is to help people with barriers to employment get a job, this enables anyone to walk in without a referral who is finding problems," said Wachab.

    Organizers says the system is expected to employ more than 500 individuals during the next two years.

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