Resources available for the unemployed

By W. WINSTON SKINNER A growing number of Cowetans are looking at pink slips and wondering where to turn. There are local resources to help people who find themselves unemployed:
*Newnan Career Center, 30 Bledsoe Road, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Operated by the Georgia Department of Labor, the center's number one goal is to help individuals find another job, according to Peter Ludlow, manager of the center. The center also can help people file for unemployment benefits. In some cases, workers may qualify for training through the Workforce Investment Act, and WIA has an office at the Career Center. The center also offers seminars that help people write better resumes, dress for a job interview. "Anybody, even if they're not drawing unemployment, can come to the workshops," Ludlow said, adding that the center does need to know ahead of time if people plan to attend. *One Roof Ecumenical Outreach, 320C Temple Ave. in the old Playtex Plant offices, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. One Roof helps with clothing, particularly for growing children. A limited amount of assistance is available for housing costs, including utilities and other issues. The next date to apply for that help is Feb. 2. People seeking help should call One Roof at 770-683-7705 starting at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2. One Roof also handles the screening for Bel Air Family Center, which offers a shelter for homeless families. Currently, Bel Air is full, but a waiting list is being kept. One Roof may also be able to help with other housing options -- including referrals to shelters in the Atlanta area. The Coweta Community Food Pantry is located at One Roof. People needing food should bring a picture ID with the correct address -- or an ID and a document showing the address such as a deed or lease -- on Monday, Wednesday or Friday of each week from 3-4 p.m. *Alliance for Children's Enrichment, 8 Carmichael St., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ACE is the local Family Connection agency. ACE's approach is to identify where the family is and offer referrals, vouchers and other help. Visitors to ACE will be asked questions about how much food they have, their education and work history and availability of health insurance. "We look at what the entire situation in the family is, and then we go from there," said Jan Taylor, ACE executive director. *Coweta County Department of Family and Children Services, 533 Highway 29 North. DFACS is the location to apply for many government programs including food stamps and Medicaid. Taylor said food stamp applications are also available at the Social Security office on the bypass/Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard at Calumet. *Job Network Ministry, parish hall, First United Methodist Church, Newnan, second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Programs are held that offer tips for getting a job or getting a better job. Companies seeking employees often send representatives to the meetings. For more information, call 770-253-7400 or go on-line at and select "Job Network" under "Resources."

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