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"The whole field of health care is the most reliable part of our economy,"Carbone noted.
â€œInvesting in our community by cleaning up contaminated brownfield sites in Southwest Connecticut boosts our economy,â€ remarked U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT 4th).
â€œThe longer people are out of work, the more complacent they become,â€ WorkPlace President and CEO Joseph Carbone says. â€œThey can start to lose contact with some of their basic skills and can get depressed.â€
Modern Plastics â€“ which was founded 75 years ago as Modern Glass Co. in Bridgeport by Joseph C. Carbone â€“ has been inundated with queries since March 20, when current president Bing Carbone posted on Facebook the news of his decision to add face mask shields to its output.
The nonprofit also landed a three-year contract to serve as operator and provider in a three-county consortium in upstate New York.
The seniors program is aimed at unemployed, low-income individuals, aged 55 and older, with otherwise poor employment prospects.
The "Strengthening Working Families Initiativeâ€ will allow The WorkPlace to provide transportation, child care costs and other support for participants.
Bridgeport-based Healthcare Academy, already assisting hundreds, looks to train another 1,500.