by Mark Gregory

Originally published November 20, 2016, in The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record.

Ninety days after being hired, four graduates of the Bridges to Hope program who were employed by Oaklawn Park have a 100% success rate, Oaklawn’s general manager, Eric Jackson, said Friday.

“Of all the things that I have seen trying to make a dent in poverty and assistance, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any quite as impressive as this,” Jackson said.

“We’re watching people change their lives, and change their futures, right in front of our eyes. And as an employer, I will tell you it is pretty darn neat.”

The 16-week Getting Ahead (Bridges to Hope) program through Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic offers disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to learn life skills that can be used to find better jobs that help transition them out of poverty.

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