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10:36 am
Wed May 8, 2013

A promising model to help people keep their jobs, and break the cycle of poverty

Amy Valderas came to Cascade Engineering as part of the company's welfare to work program. She's kept her job for 14 years, and she no longer relies on state assistance.
Credit Dustin Dwyer

 Today, on State of Opportunity, I report on a unique program that started more than a decade ago at Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids. The initial idea was to help lift people out of poverty with the promise of a stable job.

Executives noticed the company had high turnover rates for entry-level job positions, and many of the people in these entry-level jobs were cycling on and off of state assistance. The goal was to fix the turnover problem and end the cycle of dependence at the same time. 

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