“It really struck me how many people were out of work and restaurants were hit really hard and how many of them were out of work. At the same time, I’m working the issues of not having enough personal care aides and people being challenged because they’re at home without help,” she said.
Stevens said she thought back to a conversation she had with McGarry last year about finding solutions. “He thought that restaurant workers and people that are used to dealing with people and handling a variety of situations would be very well suited for that.”
The training sessions will be conducted by the Ohio Medical Career College, Elite STNA training, and the Nursing Training Center. The goal Stevens said is to provide employment for 100 people through the federally funded training program and “either to change their job for good, or even if its just during the pandemic, or probably more realistically they might do both when the pandemic is over.”
Those living in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties are encouraged to apply through the Area Agency on Aging’s website or by contacting Stevens directly. “We’re trying to make it as easy as possible if somebody hears about it and wants more information to get it out to them,” Stevens said.
The training sessions will continue through September 2021 when the Dayton Foundation and the Area Agency on Aging will decide if this is a more permanent fix to the shortage.