Job seekers 50 and older throng job fair at Lou Walker Senior Center

3/21/2014, 6:06 a.m.
More than 30 businesses as well as government agencies participated in the job and resource fair. Donna Williams Lewis

More than 1,000 older residents turned out for the AARP Foundation’s 50+ Job Fair at the Lou Walker Senior Center on March 20 in Lithonia.

During the four-hour job and resource fair, job seekers met with more than 30 large and small businesses as well as government agencies with job openings.

The employers included Lowe’s, Comcast, the Roswell Police Department, Goodwill, the Georgia Department of Labor and DeKalb Workforce Development.

Tamika Condé, the AARP Foundation’s DeKalb Senior Community Service Employment Program director, called the event “a great success.”

“AARP specializes in work force development, and we were thrilled to help connect so many employers and job seekers,” she said.

The job fair was co-hosted by the AARP Foundation and 4th District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s office.

After the center’s parking lot filled up, shuttles from Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain provided transportation from the Covington Square Shopping Center to the senior center on Panola Road. Many others arrived by MARTA bus.

The Georgia Department of Labor provided applicants with information on resume writing and interviewing skills. Other resources included information on health care, housing and social media.

Johnson said his office was pleased to work with the AARP Foundation.

“Today’s turnout shows people are hungry for work,” he said.

The AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program office offers work force training to enhance, upgrade or develop new working skills for qualified low-income workers ages 55 or older. It is located at 2754 N. Decatur Road in Decatur. For more information, call 404-292-1330.