To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Workforce, an initiative begun three years ago under Berkshire Co-Act, provides our clients with inexpensive labor that’s professional and courteous. Co-Act, Comm-
unity Organizing for Action, a non-profit organization, developed the program from the vision of Paul Deslauriers, who has 28 years of experience in community development, and a large Workforce initiative is now underway.

As a professional organization, we put an immense emphasis on excellent service in performing a variety of tasks. These include housework, yard work, repairing, and painting, to name a few. Sometimes, you’re going about your day and the faucet leaks or you’ve been meaning to rake the leaves and just haven’t had the energy. Urgent or not, our laborers will be there to put forth their skills, no matter how challenging it may seem. Our workers will be supervised to help maintain continued quality for you. CORI checks are also required for workers.

Much of the program was structured with the help of Sam Lagroterria, an employee of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), who before his retirement, managed several restaurants and hotels throughout New England. The program directors, Paul and Sam, work very closely with BerkshireWorks, as well.

We get people back to work after being unemployed. Often a person’s self worth can go way down following being laid off. Over time, it leads to the belief that they may never work again. With employment through Workforce, their self-esteem changes drastically, leading to a more motivated individual.

The headquarters of this operation is the Pearl St. Day Center, a place that provides shelter, food, drink, and a sense of community for the homeless and unemployed. The center is located on 55 Fenn Street, at the United Methodist Church (use the Pearl Street entrance). Since we rely mostly on grants and endowments, donations and volunteers are greatly appreciated. If you need any work done, give us a call at (413) 445-4445. It is folks like you who are the backbone of our community and we aim to serve any way we can.

DAN RAFTERY

Pittsfield

The writer is a student at Berkshire Community College.