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Hundreds of people turn to Goodwill's center for job opportunities

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Thousands of people in Yakima County are jobless but there is a new place many are turning to.

The Goodwill Work Opportunity Center expanded with a new site in Yakima to help hundreds of people find jobs.

Maria Ramirez was one of those people needing a job. With the help of the center, Ramirez not only overcame her disability, she is now helping others find a job too.

"I'm totally a different person, I'm happier, I have something to live for, you know it makes me feel like I can better myself and that there's nothing that's impossible," said Ramirez.

Maria Ramirez is diabetic and health issues forced her to leave work. For 12 years she had nowhere to turn to. That is when she came across the Goodwill's Work Opportunity Center and learned to type, research and get herself a job.

"It's like I have a life again, it's wonderful being able to do and help people," said Ramirez.  

Maria and 300 others found work through this center. Some are disabled, elderly or just people needing work. The center's manager says they expanded to a new facility to meet the community's demands.

"So many people are out there, a lot of job seekers and they need a resume, need to know how to fill out applications, maybe need computer classes and that's what we're here for," said Kelly Fox, the manager.

The center offers several training programs, job search help and access to computers.