Philadelphia, Miss. "We really didn't have a choice there. We had to do what we had to do."
That's what WIN Job Center Branch Director Nellie Satcher had to say about the closure of Philadelphia's WIN Job Center back on June 21st. The center, along with 14 others throughout the state were forced to close after the Mississippi Department of Employment Security lost federal funding. Since MDES doesn't receive any money from the state, they made new relationships to get Philadelphia's office back open.
"This is a new partnership that we have established between East Central Community College, the City of Philadelphia, Neshoba County, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, along with the Community Development Partnership."
The funding allows the center to be open on a part-time basis, operating every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 5:00 in their new location near the Philadelphia Municipal Airport. Even though it's only open two days a week, it's not lacking any of the capabilities of the other centers.
"We have regular services like we have always, where we'll do job search, and we'll also do labor market information."
Satcher says getting this office back up and running is important, because of the great need of employment assistance there.
"They would have further to drive, for one thing, and they still do in some instances, but we try to cater to that need with whatever is going on in that area."
She also says they're seeing the same type of local support in different parts of the state.
"Mississippi is a giving state, so our people try to step up in different areas."