INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Department of Workforce Development leaders say it will be twoweeks before the unemployed begin to get vouchers and back pay.
Some 80,000 Hoosiers will be put back on the rolls. TiffanyThompson is one of them.
"Life is a stage and it's your choice to be good or bad,"Thompson tells her class of kindergarten, first and secondgraders.
It's a message they hear daily at Lawrence Township's earlylearning center.
Thompson doesn't just teach that message. She lives it. TheCatholic school-educated Thompson has always been a good student --smart, hard-working, focused.
"I have a master's degree in business management. I have anassociate's degree in Anthropology and I have two bachelor'sdegrees in telecommunications and performance theatre from BallState."
That master's degree in business led to bank branch managementpositions. But after years in banking, she answered the call of hernonprofit passions -- leading her to the United Way.
Then the recession hit hard. The United Way made deep cuts,Thompson's job among them
"I was devastated, of course. I didn't know what my next movewould be," said Thompson.
But she assumed she'd land on her feet. After all, she had amaster's degree, but so did everyone else at her jobinterviews.
"So there would be over 100 people looking for this oneposition," said Thompson.
The married mother of two has tenaciously looked for workunemployed for 19 months, applying for everything that comes herway. And like so many unemployed, she took a part time job to paythe bills. But the summer teaching position is only temporary.
"It's been exactly five weeks. It's been a great five weeks,it's been a great opportunity for me. I knew it was just temporary,but I took it because I knew I had to do something," saidThompson.
So she's relieved to hear news of an unemployment benefitextension. It's much needed help that will come just as hertemporary job ends. Without it, she says she and her family mighthave to turn to the United Way for help.
"It's kind of ironic that you're the person helping and nowyou're the person that may actually need their services," saidThompson.
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