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Work Recovery Program Still in Planning Stages

By Joe Morey News Editor


The Work Recovery Program that was presented to the LCO Tribal Governing Board that would provide transportation to and from work at Jack Link’s in Minong was initially a program for young families working on recovery from addiction. This is for recovering addicts who need to get and keep a job to get their kids and their life back.

In the proposal Crone would drive them in a 15-passenger van back and forth on one of two available shifts, Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 2:00 am Tues. thru Fri., 4 10 hour days. The other available shift is a on weekends, 12 hour days on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 5:30 am to 6:00 pm. Whatever the greater level of participation by the recovery folks is the shift Crone will work. Currently he is on the evening shift during the week but he is willing to change to the weekend shift if that is what the program participants want to do. The new weekend shift begins the week of the 15th of October and is fast approaching.

Currently the plant is experiencing growth and has 39 new positions for the weekend shift alone. Crone, food safety/quality Auditor currently is proposing to be a van driver as well as a work recovery coach for program participants. The TGB has yet to officially act on Crone’s proposal.

Crone said his program would utilize tribally-controlled transportation and be open to tribal member clientele who are in recovery and/or incarcerated that want to work as part of their recovery plan. In the proposal, as a recovery coach Crone is willing to work part time with recovery staff, probation agents, ICW staff, county workers, etc on behalf of program participants,” And will be available on site as a Counselor and work recover coach to encourage participants.

Jobs start at $14.50 to 16.00 hourly with shift differential up to $2.00 per hour. Overtime is also available at time and a half. These jobs have benefits, referral bonus and the many other things Jack Link’s has to offer.