Evacuee Job Seekers Finding Solutions


By the bus loads, evacuees pack in. It's the same story you've heard time and time again, instead this time, they're not looking for shelter, but for jobs.

"What we're doing here is providing a very needed service to those individuals who don't have extended family members, and who are truly here on their own," said Michael Parks with Workforce Solutions, which has become the ultimate solution for many in search of work.

More than 100 came Tuesday, with jobs ranging from law enforcement to technology on offer. And more employers are finding out about the office, bringing forward more jobs for more people like Susan Varnado.

"I did receive a lot of numbers and a lot of contacts," she said. "People have been more than helpful with stuff. It's being able to get back to the resources and the network to be able to look it up."

Varnado doesn't know if she's staying here or going to stay with family, so her job search is flexible. For the holder of a Master's degree, it's also critical.

"It's extremely important," Varnado said. "We are like everyone else, basically living on nothing."

Shammara Clay's situation is much the same, although she isn't going home anytime soon.

"I plan on staying because New Orleans is gone," Clay said. "What happened, you wouldn't even believe it. My dreams are now in Texas."

Dreams that hopefully include a nursing job, an opportunity out of the many becoming available.

"It'd mean a lot because I have kids and I really need it," Clay said. "I really need the money for the finance and everything. I really need it. It would mean a lot to me, so I'm hoping somebody calls me."


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