Digital Works Hires Trainee to Facilitate Program

When Pearlie Palmer attended orientation at Digital Works in Portsmouth, the only thing that she wanted was to secure a way to support her family before her unemployment benefits expired. As a single mother with a 13-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old special needs son, it was essential that Palmer find a way to start earning a paycheck as quickly as possible. Even with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Palmer was unable to find work locally.

“I had worked in the field of social work for over 20 years, I knew that I always wanted to help people,” said Palmer.  “After becoming unemployed, I had almost given up hope of finding good people to work with.”

Becoming part of the first Digital Works Portsmouth training class was a move in the right direction for Palmer. In just over a month, Palmer’s hard work and persistence with the Digital Works training program paid off and she was offered a level-one employment position.

“Being in this class has provided me with hope, hope that people care and can overcome challenges with a little help. Through this program, individuals are finding satisfaction in what they can achieve. Having a facilitator to help motivate, inspire, and encourage individuals who feel lost and beaten by the system is what truly makes Digital Works successful,” said Palmer.

As a result of Palmer’s interest and success with the Digital Works training process, Digital Works hired Palmer to serve as the site’s full-time facilitator. In the facilitator position, Palmer now trains and mentors new Digital Works candidates through the job placement process.

“The more I am with this organization the more I am forced to realize the doubts and negativity that prevent us from becoming successful. I see this with the individuals we work to provide services to and even with our community resources,” said Palmer. “The kindness and generosity of the Digital Works organization can be life changing.”

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1 Comment

  • Janet S. Hennig February 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm -

    Your above story on Pearlie Palmer regarding the Digital Works program was interesting and very inspiring.
    Have been looking for work for quite some time now. It is very heart-wrenching to keep hitting ‘brick walls’. As a 50 year old woman – for me – I am finding nearly no one wants to hire me. I raised my 2 children who Pierre is now 21 and studying nuclear engineering. My daughter, Marcelline, is studying Interior Design and Architecture @ UC. Both honor students and always very motived and hard working. It shames me to find myself unable to get back into the work force even though I have applied and applied @ many places and thru job agencies. I have a degree in STNA now and I worked in the field for awhile but was unhappy because most of the home health care agencies do not supply gas for going from client to client – many are a 30 minute drive or more – and also pay approximately $8 an hour.
    I am planning to go to Norwalk, Ohio tomorrow to Job and Family Serivces for your orientation.
    I so hope this program will grant an opening for me so I can have an income and make good of my time I have especially now the children are doing so well. They make me proud and I hope I can do the same for myself to them.
    Janet. Cell # 419-357-1882