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Meet Ben Rushin – Waco, Texas

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I knew I could do the work, but it seemed like my age was working against me. It was very frustrating! Thanks to SCSEP, my life is back on track!

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After Ben was laid off from his long-time career in construction, he spent more than a year desperately searching for a job. Day after day, he’d sit at the computer applying for one job after another –but no response! “I knew I could do the work, but it seemed like my age was working against me,” he says. “It was very frustrating!”

His self-esteem was at an all-time low, and so was his bank account. He moved into a local shelter, and continued to apply for jobs. When a friend told him about Experience Works, his luck began to change. Through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Ben was immediately placed in a janitorial training assignment at McLennan Community College. He was a quick learner, and really enjoyed his duties. For the first time in a long time, he felt like he had a purpose. Ben also took advantage of Experience Works’ JobReady training, earning a certification in janitorial/custodial skills.

His strong work ethic and abilities caught the attention of his supervisor at the college, so when a full-time custodial position opened-up –he was the perfect choice! The 62-year-old is thrilled with his work now dedicated to keeping the cosmetology building spic and span – everyone compliments him on the mirror-like shine he puts on the water fountains! Receiving a regular paycheck, Ben no longer worries about how he will pay his bills, plus he has health insurance, sick leave and vacation. Another added bonus –free haircuts!