NEW LEXINGTON — Perry County Job and Family Services (PCJFS) is sending its Mobile Service Unit (MSU) throughout the county during September, providing job and career assistance for residents during the pandemic downturn, and giving everyone a chance to complete their Census before the Sept. 30th deadline.

“Be sure to drop by our MSU when you see it stationed around Perry County” urges PCJFS Director Cheryl Boley. “Together with our partner, Perry County Mobility Management (PCMM), we’ll be helping our residents find out about jobs and training, as well helping them to get counted in this critical Census year.”

PCMM Director Lisa Leckrone and a member of the Perry County 2020 Census Committee says, “Our MSU stops during July and August were very well received, and we’re looking forward to a final push visiting local villages and communities where we know Census response rates are lagging.”

Director Boley adds this about the jobs and career component of the September MSU tour, “We approach this mission with the compassion of caring for our friends and neighbors, but also with the professional commitment and expertise from our job coaches trained in back-to-work strategies and opportunities. When you stop by the MSU, or at our offices on Main Street, you’ll be working with our team of Perry County people who are ready to help you and your family get back on their feet.”

PCJFS offers unemployed Perry County workers a variety of pathways of training, financial support, and job opportunity, all leading back to work:

• Career services to help workers with resumes, interviewing techniques, as well as career assessments and job search coaching;

• Supportive services such as training costs for tools and uniforms, for example, or for job hunt gas vouchers;

• Childcare for job seekers; and,

• Training and job skill development, an especially important pathway as technology reaches deeper into the post-pandemic workplace.

“With the Census deadline of Sept. 30, Perry County has just a few days left to get counted!” insists Leckrone.

According to Director Boley, “Getting counted in the Census means so much for our communities and families getting their fair share back from what they give to government. This money supports our roads, schools, social services, hospitals, fire stations, school lunch programs and helps to inform where critical services like clinics and hospitals are needed.”

Leckrone urges residents to drop by the MSU when it comes to their community.

“And while you are there, enjoy a Dilly Bar™ thanks to Perry County District Library and New Lexington Dairy Queen,” Leckrone commented.

Tour Schedule:

• Thursday, Sept. 17, from 12-5 p.m. in Thornport, (TC Market)

• Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. in New Straitsville (New Straitsville Post Office)

• Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. in New Lexington (New Lexington Public Library)

• Thursday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. in Roseville (Roseville Food Pantry)

For more information, contact Lisa Leckrone at Melissa.Leckrone@jfs.ohio.gov or 740-342-5423.

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