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Lake County Re-Entry Specialist moves people into work

According to the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board (NWIWB), many who have been incarcerated and are released from the judicial systems are finding it challenging to return to the workforce. Debi Baughman, chair of the NWIWB, said that according to the Department of Corrections, reintegrating returning citizens into society, and helping create a path that provides them an opportunity to improve their lives in a sustainable way through work, is essential.

Richard Nash

To address this issue, Richard Nash, who has been with the Northwest Indiana WorkOne system for several years, has taken on this position for Lake County. “My role is to ensure that we create an inviting and motivating environment,” said Nash, who works out of the Gary WorkOne office. “Making sure that a returning citizen is actively engaged with WorkOne services during their job search and until employment is reached as the end goal,” he added. WorkOne will assist at no cost, with employer readiness skills, up-skilling, developing job search skills, resume building, interviewing skills and other proficiencies related to obtaining, holding, and advancing in a chosen career, as well as job placement.

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PICTURED IN THE photo above along the wall are (l-r): Carlos Shirley, Sheriff Martinez, Congressman Peter Visclosky, Jerome Prince, and Robert Farmer. The gentlemen paused for a photograph as a guest is served during a pancake breakfast at the Calumet New Tech High School this past Saturday, Feb. 16 for veterans hosted by Robert Farmer and the Webb House, Inc. (Photograph by Ted Brown)

For further information on Work-One re-entry assistance in Lake County, call Richard Nash at (219) 981-1520, ext. 365. For general WorkOne information, visit

(This WIOA Title 1-funded program/activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TDD/TTY number is 1-800-743-3333.)

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