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Mayor announces proactive jobs initiative

A new partnership formed by Mayor Tom Henry, Fort Wayne United, and Shambaugh and Son is going to give those who need a new start a chance at having higher wage employment.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 5:59 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 4:20 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Job creation, relationship building, and enhancing the quality of life is at the forefront of the announcement made Tuesday by Mayor Tom Henry and Iric Headley, who is the director of Fort Wayne United.

"It's going to make an impact. It's going to help us to address the root causes of violence. Employment is one of those things," Headley said.

They've partnered with Shambaugh and Son for fulfilling positions of fill fabrication and welding at their Fire Protection Fabrication facility.

"The nice thing with Fort Wayne United is this has allowed us to tap into a market that we have not tapped into before to add more candidates to our pool," Julie Thiel, employment manager for Shambaugh and Son said.

Through the connection of Fort Wayne United and the 10 Point Coalition both were able to figure out the best practices and what works for the city.

The mission of Fort Wayne United his to help black men and boys gain positive opportunities and hope.

Through partnership with shambaugh and son it's helped Lyle Kelsaw gain the new beginning he's been waiting for so he can be the provider he wants to be.

"To anyone who is listening, if you have paid your debts to society, you are a human being now and you're a person who can walk upright you're on a leveled playing field. Don't give up," Kelsaw said.

Kelsaw was the first person employed at Shambaugh and Son through the partnership.

Kelsaw was the first hire, but Shambaugh and Son already have others going through the same process after completing the four month soft skills and workplace expectations class.

The employee's hourly rate will increase to $15.00 per hour with more wage increases in the future.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 751242

Reported Deaths: 13795
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