Pembroke: Help for the unemployed discussed at library forum

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Employment issues were the topic of discussion during Wednesday night’s open forum at the Pembroke Library. Local business professionals spoke to the audience about services available to assist the unemployed and help struggling residents get back on their feet.

Christine Driscoll, co-founder of “One Life at a Time”, a non-profit organization created in 2007 with the goal of assisting the unemployed, spoke to the audience about her own personal struggles with unemployment. “I was unemployed for 16 months. I know exactly what it feels like, we nearly lost everything, so I can relate. My husband and I came into a gift and we decided to open ‘One Life at a Time’.”

Although the non-profit organization has been in business less than five years, it has already made its mark. “One Life at a Time” has helped employ 3,000 people in the past two years and assists local residents in every part of the job process, from interview preparation to computer training.

The event was sponsored by the Pembroke Democratic Town Committee.

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