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Job Club R.I. helping people throughout the state

April 7, 2012

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WEST WARWICK — Job Club R.I., held at the West Warwick Library, is catering to people from across the state to help them in their search for work during these tough economic times.

Founder, Steve Colella, began his career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and in Oct. 2009 he brought Job Club R.I. to the library.

“I wanted to do something to help the community in some small way as a volunteer,” he said. “I didn’t realize it would get to the level it reached now, initially I wanted to offer something in the community to assist the unemployed.”

Job Club R.I. runs in six week cycles; currently, it’s being held at the West Warwick library. It began on March 19 and will continue every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. until April 23.

The program is located in the lower level Champlin Room of the library. There is no cost to attend and anybody interested can either attend all six sessions or just one.

Because of the increased rate of unemployment, there has been an “increased visibility” of people attending the job club.

Colella explained that when the program initially started many of the people who attended were from surrounding towns.

During the past year however, he said that people have come from different cities and towns throughout the state; some from as far as Connecticut.

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