Bridging barriers without stigma.
That’s the goal of a new $459,000 dollar grant to help those in the North Country affected by the opioid epidemic gain skill to re-enter the workplace.
The money will also add an opioid grant coordinator.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 130 people die of an opioid overdose in the United States each day.
While recovery is possible, sobriety and reentering the workforce can be challenging.
But that is where Katie Smith comes in, she was hired as the opioid grant coordinator and she focuses on helping folks looking to reenter the work force in three specific areas:
Career services, like help with resume writing, training services, like on the job training, or work related schooling, and supportive services.
“Even something as small as -I have an interview tomorrow and I don’t have a nice shirt for it that’s a service as small as it might seem that I can’t provide to as big as – you know I’m really interested in getting into this field is there something that you can do for me to help with training,” said Katie Smith
She works with in One Work Source- an employment and business center in Plattsburgh, Elizabethtown and Malone.