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Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

Meet Shirley

Workforce Challenge

Shirley Sanders, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, came to live with her son in DeSoto County after the tragic loss of her husband and other members of her family in the disaster. Shortly after her move, she discovered she had a malignant lung cancer, which required the removal of a lung. With only one lung, she developed COPD, plus she had arthritis and rheumatism, causing pain and problems in standing or walking.

Workforce Solution

At the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (a valued workforce system partner, frequently co-located in the WIN Job Centers), she was given an evaluation, revealing to her Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor that Shirley would be an ideal candidate for the Experience Works program at the DeSoto County WIN Job Center. The program requires participants to continue to look for employment while performing jobs referred by the Center. Shirley was worked as a front desk receptionist for the Job Center, where she performed her job in a dedicated and caring manner.

Outcomes & Benefits

Shirley used her opportunity at Experience Works to build her resume and apply for job openings. She is now employed by the Internal Revenue Service.

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