Group for unemployed meets next Tuesday |

Group for unemployed meets next Tuesday

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” Organizers of a group for unemployed locals in Colorado’s Vail Valley aren’t giving up after a poor turnout for its first meeting Tuesday.

Tsu Wolin-Brown, executive director of the Salvation Army; Elizabeth Myers, executive director of the Samaritan Center of the Rockies; April Wilson, a counselor at the Samaritan Center; and Constance Harvey, a local woman who was laid off from her job in January, met at the Samaritan Center in Edwards Tuesday to talk about the weekly meetings they’re calling “Strategies for your Future.”

The first official meeting is now scheduled for next Tuesday, April 14, at the Avon Public Library, at noon. The way the meetings will go from there on out really depends on who shows up and what they need, Wilson said.

Wilson said the group will be a place for locals to network, discover and rejuvenate their professional lives.

“A lot of this is really just trying to bring the community together as a whole,” Wilson said.

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Harvey got the idea for the group last month after spending more than two months looking for a job. She’s lived in the valley for 30 years and never had trouble finding a job before. She knew she wasn’t alone, so she decided to do something for all the people who are now suddenly lost, be it professionally, financially or emotionally.

“A lot of people are just misplaced,” she said.

Harvey doesn’t want to call the group a support group. She wants it to be a place for locals to meet, and while they might provide each other with support, the group is really about planning for the future and moving forward after a lay off, pay cut or whatever other employment problems people are having.

“I want it to be positive,” Harvey said. “The group is going to be getting them in alignment with their passions and their skill sets.”

Anyone who is lost or worried about how to find a new career path should come to the meeting, Harvey said. Future meetings could end up having speakers that focus on specific topics like resumes, stress, changing careers or tightening budgets.

“We want to gear this group to what (the attendees) want,” Wilson said. “This is all about getting motivated and making things happen.”

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