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COVID Grant Provides Jobs For Local Residents

Ashley Durham

News Editor

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGRC) and Work Source Georgia is offering a Disaster Dislocated Worker National Emergency Grant through its Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Those in Dade County who have been unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply.

Ashley Durham, from Rising Fawn, is a recipient of the grant. She is working at Dade County Middle School.

“I have twin boys and I was a stay at home mom for five years. When they started school, then I started looking for a job. It was rough during that time though. John Smith told me about the grant and then I went to see Paula about it. I was blessed to have found what I did,” Durham said.

“Ashley is cleaning to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep it safe for the faculty and students,” Paula Stallings, overseer of the grant in Dade County, said.

John Smith, Director of Facilities and Durham’s supervisor, said, “Ashley is fantastic. She is a very hard worker and consistent. She pays attention to detail.”

According to Stallings, the grant is available for another year, and there are still several positions to fill.

For additional information about the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant or the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) please contact Stallings at (423) 280-5161 or visit

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