As we look forward to Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many things. One of those things is the opportunity you have given me to serve you, the residents of Wayne Township.
Our office works to serve our constituents in many different ways. We not only handle applications for Township Assistance, we offer services to help clients with their various needs, such as health care and employment.
Last month, Wayne Township hosted the Healthy Cities Health Fair and Veterans’ Stand Down. Numerous community agencies sponsor this event, which offers free health care services to uninsured and underinsured persons along with free winter coats and other donated items.
We had over 800 people participate in the health care services offered at our office. All the hundreds of coats that volunteers had collected were given away to those who needed them. I am so thankful for the wonderful volunteers, my own staff, and our generous community, who came together to make the Health Fair and Stand Down an overwhelming success.
In the employment area, I am thankful that my office recently has been able to greatly increase the number of clients we have placed in jobs.
I can’t stress enough the importance of helping clients by getting those who can work back to full employment. Clients often feel so much better about themselves once they start working and earning money to meet their own needs. Finding employment empowers people to become productive members of our community.
We are continuing to work here at Wayne Township on my initiative to increase employment opportunities for our clients. Deputy Trustee LeRoy Page is leading this effort with the assistance of Rodney Scott, Director of Operations for the Township, and Employment Specialist Nancy Stump.
We have worked on improving our internal communication between investigators and our employment department. With better communication, our employment department has up to date information about clients who need work.
In addition, we have increased our effort to canvas area businesses to find out who is hiring. Canvassing also makes Wayne Township more visible among the employment community and establishes relationships with employers.
We have been focusing on businesses located within Wayne Township. We want to support our local businesses, and we want to eliminate barriers for our clients such as transportation. Clients without vehicles can get to work much easier if they work within our neighborhood.
I would ask that you partner with us in our effort to find positions for our clients. If you are a Waynedale business and have a job available, please contact our Employment Specialist Nancy Stump at 449-7000.
Finally, I am very thankful for all of you. I have met so many great people during the past several months that I have been your Wayne Township Trustee.
Have a superb and blessed Thanksgiving.
Richard A. Stevenson, Sr.
Wayne Township Trustee
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