Mary E. McCrank
Director of Corporate Communications and Fundraising
April 3, 2009
ROCHESTER, NY-PathStone Corporation has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to help low-income older workers re-enter the workforce as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA), which has an ongoing relationship with PathStone, was awarded a total of $6.9 million in stimulus funding for its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) from the U.S. Department of Labor.
In October 2006, PathStone was awarded a $5 million contract from NCOA to provide work-based training and employment opportunities to low-income individuals 55 and older. Since the inception, PathStone has served about 1,500 seniors in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Already serving about 700 seniors this year, the stimulus funding will allow PathStone to help an additional 150 seniors from April 2009 through June 2010.
“We have seen an increase in the number of unemployed seniors coming through our doors and calling us for help,” said Jeffrey Lewis, Sr. Vice President for Planning and Research at PathStone. “This funding will help us begin to meet the increased demands for job training for seniors. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to serve more people.”
PathStone is a not-for-profit community development and human service organization providing services to low-income families and economically depressed communities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Vermont, and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., PathStone is celebrating its 40th year of serving its participants. For more information, visit www.pathstone.org.