Working and Thriving from Home – A Success Story

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Teresa, a single mother of 3, was unemployed and had barriers to getting back to work, including a lack of childcare for her child, the loss of financial assistance, and health problems, all of which blocked her from returning to her job as a bartender.

The Keys to the Road – A Success Story

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Michael needed help with his resume and cover letter. He was unfamiliar with computers, so his wife, Jennifer, reached out to Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! for assistance.

LeAnna’s New Resume – A Success Story

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LeAnna was having trouble finding work. She had physical limitations and a few periods of time with no work on her outdated resume. She visited the Luce County Michigan Works! office in Newberry seeking resume help.

How to Prepare for Your First Day

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You got a new job and your first day is in a couple of weeks. What do you need to do before your first day? Should you buy a new wardrobe, get a haircut, and wash your car? Read on to see our suggestions.

Go, Jamie, Go! – A Success Story

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Jamie came to Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! (UPMW) as an application eligibility period (AEP) participant through PATH, a cash assistance program, in December 2020. She had over fourteen barriers including health problems, legal problems, financial troubles, and more.

Succeeding with Michigan Works! Employment Services

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David “DJ” Fontaine, a former Kitchen Manager at a Houghton employer, came to UP Michigan Works! after he called our office and requested assistance applying for Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) benefits.

Moving Out into the World – A Success Story

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William came to Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! as a participant in one of our Soft Skills classes in the Spring of 2019.  We enrolled William in the beginning of May as an In-School Youth after discussing opportunities for advancement through our programs and services. 

Driving into a Brighter Future – A Success Story

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Times have been challenging for some employees, particularly those who have experienced periods of being unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Holly Desotell has been employed at Stewart Manufacturing for over 3 years, but sporadic plant shutdowns over the past several months created financial hardships she was not prepared for.