Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., was honored by the Community Assistance Programs (CAPs) at a May luncheon, for her advocacy work on behalf of the unemployed mature adults.
Kelly, who represents Homewood and Flossmoor in Congress, sponsored the Today’s American Dream Act bill in the House of Representatives that includes specific language to provide targeted programs to assist mature workers 55 and older with computer skills, resume writing and job training.
According to a survey by the American Association of Retired Persons, half of all mature workers unemployed during the Great Recession were still looking for work five years later.
“While most people have rebounded from the Great Recession, too many mature workers are still struggling to find work or a good-paying job,” Kelly said. “Workers are never too old to learn new skills, especially if it means access to a better job. CAPs is helping mature workers build new job skills, bridge the generational divide and succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
CAPs provides employment training and job placement for an average of 500 unemployed residents monthly, according to Sheryl Holman, CEO of CAPs.