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Employment Services of Weld County

Meet Cari

Workforce Challenge

Cari was employed in Estes Park when the widespread flooding that hit northern Colorado in September 2013 wreaked havoc on the town and surrounding area. Access to Estes Park from the Front Range cities was effectively cut-off as Highway 34 sustained serious damage due to flooding of the Big Thompson River Canyon. As a result, Cari was not able to commute to work and therefore lost her job.

Workforce Solution

Cari came to Employment Services of Weld County seeking assistance in obtaining work. She was enrolled in the Weld County Flood Recovery Community Corps (WCFRCC) as part of the National Emergency Grant (NEG) program and began temporary disaster relief work as an Office Assistant for the Weld County Food Bank.

Outcomes & Benefits

In less than two months, Cari had clearly impressed her supervisor as well as other employees. Cari was offered a full-time position with the Food Bank as a Non-Profit Agency Food Coordinator.

Though the flooding made it necessary for Cari to find other employment, she had actually been hoping to move into a more administrative career path for quite a while. Before the disaster, she didn't see a clear way to start down that path. The WCFRCC NEG program helped turn her dreams into reality.

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