Low-Income Seniors Find Paying Gigs Through AARP Federal Non-Profit Program

By Robert McCabe

They call her “Miss Sharon.”For nearly a year, she has worked at Changes City Spa in Ghent, where she spends much of her time doing laundry – towels, robes and smocks, among other things.

She makes a little bit more than the minimum wage, works a 40-hour week and walks to and from her job, which is about a mile or so from where she lives with her daughter and her family on Colley Avenue: “I’m like the mailman – rain, sleet or snow, I’m getting to my job.”

For decades, Sharon Edmonds, who is 64, found work as a nanny or making beds in hotels or helping cater parties in the food-service industry.

But she was never able to save, needing every dollar she earned. She never gave a thought to retirement.

Last August, she got her foot in the door at the Norfolk spa with the help of an AARP Foundation “Senior Community Service Employment Program,” which funded her two-week training program and set the stage for her full-time gig.

Source: The Virginia – Pilot

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