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Welfare to Work Program a Big Success

September 5, 1996
By: Jennifer Horton
The Capital Bureau

Missouri's Welfare to Work program is providing jobs for the unemployed long before other welfare reforms take effect. Jennifer Horton has the details.

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Since 1995 Missouri has been placing food stamp users into the work force.

In the last six months, 24-hundred people have found jobs all over the state through personnel information gathered by local family service centers.

Senate President Pro Tem Jim Mathewson created the program to benefit both businesses and the unemployed.

Family Service Centers give the names of food stamp recipients who are willing to work...to companies that need to hire more workers.

The companies get their work force and the new employees get off food stamps.

Mathewson says the program is working incredibly well.

The program costs nothing to run because it uses information already collected by the state.

From the state capitol, I'm Jennifer Horton.