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Missouri Experience Works Program
By Gretchen Bolander
JOPLIN, MO.--- The program is called Experience Works, it helps with training for the worker. At the same time, it's provides free labor for nonprofit groups. Crosslines in Joplin has gotten a few extra workers from it. Evelyn Clawson is one of the latest, working part-time with clothing donations, but getting paid by the state program. While Crosslines is helping her train for a possible job in retail, Crosslines gets a boost in personnel they may not have been able to otherwise afford.
"They've helped us in the pantry and the donations center. So they have just really helped us because our payroll costs is something we have trouble with. So that really helps us with that part of our program," said Kathy Lewis, Crosslines Director.
There are currently 103 Missouri counties taking part in the program. Any nonprofit group can apply to be part of the effort.