A new deal will keep the state Department of Employment Security in the area.
Man Tra Con Corporation is giving office space to IDES and Crosswalk Community Action’s county outreach center, which was housed at the IDES facility.
Crosswalk helps people apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. Kim Rutherford is the program’s coordinator.
“Our executive director sits on a board (at Man Tra Con), they were well aware the problems with that office closing," Rutherford says. "Not just people applying for unemployment, but people applying for the energy assistance program that Crosswalk runs, so they offered us space.”
Rutherford says they were surprised when IDES announced they were leaving Marion initially, but the new deal with Man Tra Con comes with benefits for both organizations.
"Maybe we can refer (applicants) over and say 'Why don't you go over and see if Man Tra Con can help you find a job or write a resume?'" Rutherford says. "In turn, what (Man Tra Con) can do is if someone comes in for their services, they can refer them over to Crosswalk for energy assistance or rental assistance until they can find a job."
The move to the new offices in the Marion Mall will be effective February 19th.