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Hilda came to the Work Experience Program with substantial experience and success in her entire adult life. Having no prior experience with social services she was uncomfortable and sometimes frustrated to be a part of the process.

“Applying for benefits was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I had to use the system the way it was designed. Many people think that people on benefits are lazy and take advantage
of the system. I am here to say that perceptions are not always accurate. I did what I had to do and I succeeded. I no longer need the system but it worked for me.”

“You have to get the most out of the Program,which is developed to help people by placing them at sites that may become job opportunities, as it did for me. You can at least get a good reference
or recommendation. But you cannot be successful unless you are willing to be responsible, reliable, and work hard for a job opportunity. With perseverance,it can be done.” Hilda now works full-time at RochesterWorks! “The feeling of earning a living cannot be compared to anything. I am in a much
better place.”

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