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A program paid for with federal stimulus money is making a big impact

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As director of Second Harvest, Kathy Kilgore is grateful to have Jose as a helping hand

"It's awesome. Jose is wonderful," Kilgore said.

Today she has Jose working on field evaluations. He says it's not as exciting as working in the Second Harvest warehouse, but he's glad to do it because  a youth program at Work Source helped him find a job where he could take pride in his work.

"I had a job but it was under the table... Way different. Now that I have this job it's way better," Jose Aguirre said.  

Jose is just one of 180 participants enrolled in Work Source, a youth program that helps financially troubled families.

"The whole goal was to get money in the hands of youth in our communities to help stimulate the economy," Youth Program Manager Kayci Kottke said.

It was a goal started by more than 500-thousand dollars from the government.
  With that money Work Source pays the wages for those between the ages of 16 and 24.   
  They work eight hours a day at a business involved in the program and get around eight dollars an hour.

"This is all federal money. All of the programs here at work source are federally funded," Kittke said.

Cody Cambell is 22-years-old. He also found a job through Work Source as a health and safety assistant at the Red Cross.

"I really got to see what my job was doing everyday. Got to see me helping people everyday<" Cambell said.

And helping people is what this program has accomplished