ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - At a public meeting, the Hancock County Commissioners voted unanimously to increase funds to the Hancock County Recovery and Workforce Development Project. The program is for people serving time at the Hancock County Jail or working with the Open Door Recovery Center.
“What happens for individuals when they've made a decisions to let go of the drugs and alcohol, they'll enter into a recover program and in this case in Hancock County it’s the Open Door Recovery Center," said Joanna Russell of Northeastern Workforce Development Board. "They receive an 8-week program that provides work readiness. They'll also will go to individual interviews and meet up with employers.”
The program is the results of a partnership between the jail, the Open Door Recovery Center, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, and the Northeastern Workforce Development Board. The increase in funding will help the program reach more people in the coming year.
“What we're going to do for 2018 is we're going to include some work experience with that to provide employers an opportunity to get hands-on and meet individuals face-to-face, get a chance to see them at work, and understand that they're really ready to go back to work and hopefully hire them on.”
People who use the program often times find it easier to ease back into a healthier life with the help of counselors and work experience.
“This puts them back in the place before they got involved with the drugs and the alcohol and that's what we're shooting for. We want our people back.”
With the increase in funding, organizers are looking forward to helping even more people in the near future.
“It takes a village to really bring our people back away from the drugs and the alcohol. It takes a village.”