BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- Although the economy is showing signs of improvement, there are still tens of thousands of people here in Connecticut looking for work.
In Bridgeport Monday, an open house was held for women who were either unemployed or under-employed.
At the Goodwill Headquarters in Bridgeport, women are learning skills that could change their lives.
"What's happening in that interview that we're not getting called back for the job?"
The Goodwill's Beyond Jobs program offers women who are looking for work or perhaps in a dead-end job, more than just a place to drop off a resume.
"It's not just about getting employment, it gives the tools to be successful long-term in life, budgeting and financial resources, child care, to get folks connected to transportation resources, as well as some folks who don't have a car need to utilize public transportation to navigate the system," said Melissa Cwiertniewicz, Goodwill Western and Northern CT.
Ilene Toth of Bridgeport was one of the first people through the doors Monday morning.
She lost her job in human services two months ago, but it took her more than three years of searching to find that position.
Toth hopes Beyond Jobs can ease the job search process this time around.
"Knowledge and hopefully a job, so I don't have to go three years without a job again," Toth said.
The program is free to applicants, thanks to funding from the WalMart foundation.
"It's intended to find them employment and long-term resources so they can be financially sound in the future for themselves and their families," said Cwiertniewicz.
A similar Beyond Jobs program open house will be held at the Goodwill Center in Hartford next Monday for folks who live in and around the Capitol City.
For more information visit Goodwill's website .
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