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Help Centre commemorates 25 years with chilling comparisons

In its first 25 years, said poverty activist Deborah O’Connor, it’s chilling how little the situation has changed for those who need the services of the Help Centre of Northumberland.

The Help Centre’s 25th annual general meeting in the Carpenters’ Union Hall in Port Hope recently was cause to celebrate the dedication of its staff and volunteers, though president Beth Bellaire said she hoped the need for their services would disappear before another 25 years had passed.

The agency began at a time when such big employers as United Tire and Winchester Western had closed or moved away, and many people needed help with resume writing, job hunting, government applications and other similar services.

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