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Northwest Michigan Works! Helps Single Mom Find Full Time Job

Rena Weinert was labeled as “Special Ed” when she was in high school. She has reading and learning difficulties and has never been able to earn her high school diploma. Rena is a single mother of two young children and receives no financial support from her ex-husband. She is frequently frustrated at job sites and has issues maintaining employment so in May of 2015 she came to Northwest Michigan Works! in Cadillac for help. Rena attended employability skills workshops, received assistance with her resume, job search and interview assistance, and received help with transportation expenses. She also received intensive counseling and guidance from her PATH worker. With the help from Michigan Works!, in April of 2016 Rena was able to find a full-time job with Spectrum Community Services, Inc. caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

“I’m very thankful to finally have a job I like,” said Weinert. “I owe my success to the encouragement and support I received from Northwest Michigan Works!.”


Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest
- Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner