Members of the community gathered at Wheeling Jesuit University on Thursday night for ‘Just Work’ sponsored by the Appalachian Institute.
The event featured an interactive panel discussion about obstacles and opportunities for people seeking employment after incarceration or drug rehabilitation. The panel contained four women from government, prisons, social services and business, including former delegate Jill Upson, who is now working for Governor Justice.
“What I do is I build a bridge in between state government and the community,” Upson said. “We have a series of listening tours that we go out on and allow people to come in and meet directly with various heads of agencies who can help them navigate through many issues that they have.”
Just Work was free and open to the public.
For more information on the Appalachian Institute, you can contact the organization’s director, Rich McCouch, at 304-243-4361.