Children's Home Looks To Hire Another 20 Workers

Children's Home Looks To Hire Another 20 Workers

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Matt Richmond has worked at the Children's Home of Jefferson County for more than 10 years.

Over time, Richmond says the need to help at-risk youth has increased, and so has the number of programs at the agency.

"In the years I've been here when I first started, there were only about 3 programs. We've enhanced that to over 20 programs at this time, so there's a consistent need to helping people in our community," he said.

In all of its programs, the children's home helps more than 3,000 people across the north country each year.

A job fair was held Thursday, inviting people to apply for 20 available jobs in the short term intensive residential program, known as "STIR."

It's a mentoring opportunity for people to work with adolescents ages 10 to 16.

"Direct care staff with the kids from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed, so 24/7 coverage," said Richmond.

The last job fair the children's home hosted brought in about 80 applicants to fill 20 positions.  This time around they're hoping for the same turnout.

The agency is also looking to fill extra positions for the Raise The Age program. It's one of 13 facilities across New York State that will be housing juvenile offenders ages 16 and 17.

"It's really designed to help those kids have a better chance at their future, giving them the skills and education they need to be productive members of our entire community," said Michelle Monnat, director of systems administration. 

Once the 20 applicants have been hired, they will start training immediately to add to around 300 employees who currently work there. 

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