Governor Announces New Employment Assistance Program for
Displaced Katrina Survivors
"Working Your Way Back Home"
From: Office of the Governor
Filed 8/11/06 GCN
(Biloxi, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour today announced the
"Working Your Way Back Home" initiative, a program funded by the U. S.
Department of Labor and administered by the Mississippi Department of
Employment Security (MDES) in partnership with Manpower, Inc. The
Governor was joined by Dr. Helen Parker, regional administrator for the U.
S. Department of Labor; Tommye Dale Favre, executive director of MDES; and
Melanie Holmes, vice president of Manpower corporate affairs.
Governor Barbour made the announcement at the
Governor's Recovery Expo, held at
the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi from August 11-13, 2006. "This
is a collaborative effort between MDES and Manpower to help displaced
residents who, due to Hurricane Katrina, were forced to evacuate to a
safer environment but now want to return to their homes and rejoin the
Mississippi workforce," Governor Barbour said.
"By helping to bring back skilled workers needed to fill jobs for
rebuilding the Gulf Coast and South Mississippi, this initiative will be
valuable to both displaced families and Mississippi businesses," he added.
The "Working Your Way Back Home" program provides assistance to
Mississippians who evacuated to areas at least 151 miles from their place
of residence as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Through the state's
network of WIN Job Centers, these individuals may receive assistance with
job placement or occupational training, as well as funds to pay for
relocation expenses. These funds are made available through a Workforce
Investment Act (WIA) National Emergency Grant.
"We are excited about the opportunity to be working together with the
Employment and Training Administration and local governments to help
Katrina evacuees and create the model for other hurricane-affected states,
as well as for future collaborations between the public workforce system
and the private sector," said Melanie Holmes of Manpower. "The ability to
quickly assess talent, fill skill gaps and match employers' needs with
individuals' skills and abilities is enhanced through this regional
For more information on the "Working Your Way Back Home" program, contact
your nearest WIN Job Center or call 1-888-844-3577. Additional
information can be found at