One Book One County program provides direction, help for job seekers

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:33 am on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shawna Robinson, left, and her son Patrick, of Greenville, inquire with Mary Mastaglio of Comfort Keepers during Tuesday evening’s resource fair at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — For anyone experiencing anything close to the issues related to the One Book One County book “Me Before You,” Tuesday evening’s inaugural resource fair was the place to be.

Four representatives from the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health, Central Area Michigan Works! Consortium, Comfort Keepers and ComForcare were on hand at the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus to help with ideas centered around caregivers, job seekers and those looking for motional guidance.

“The resources that we’ve gathered are resources that the characters in the One Book Once County book are facing,” said event organizer and One Book One County Montcalm committee member Kelsi Stoltenow. “In summary, the book discusses a quadriplegic. Not only do we discuss the physical issues, but the mental issues that come with that.”

Visitors such as Cindy Evans of Sheridan said she came because she has spent the past several years searching for work.

“I learned a lot today,” she said. “I learned that there are a few things I need to do more often. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it.”

Evans said she wasn’t familiar with the One Book One County program, but said after attending the resource fair and seeing how it ties to the book, she believes she will pursue reading it.

“I just wanted to see if I was doing the right things when it comes to searching for jobs,” she said. “Things have changed in the way you search for jobs compared to years ago.”

Another visitor, Shawna Robinson of Greenville, said she was just curious to see what kind of opportunities were offered.

“I’m always curious about what’s out there,” she said. “I found a couple places here today that I hadn’t heard of before.”

Turnout wasn’t high for the first-time event, but Stoltenow said she hoped that at least one person will have been helped by Tuesday’s resource fair event.

“People sometimes enjoy experiencing things that the characters they are reading about are experiencing,” she said. “It’s just one way to deal with a particular situation. Because people might identify with some of these issues, why not provide a space for people if they need it?”

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