A program to put older Danbury residents back to work is being offered at no cost to the city through a U.S. Department of Labor grant. Maturity Works, a program that assists people older than age 55 who have been laid off, places them with host agencies to perform various assignments.
Health and Human Services Department Director Scott Leroy says participants gain new skills so they can find full time permanent employment.
Maturity Works tries to match an individual's background with the needs of the host agency, but the participants can't replace someone who is performing a full time job. They are employed to support someone performing a full-time budgeted position.
The participants are paid a minimum wage through a grant and they can volunteer with a host agency for up to 9 months. Some host agencies have hired participants when their assignment is completed.