By Kimball Perry , The Columbus Dispatch
Hoping to help low-income Franklinton residents, the Franklin County commissioners approved a $500,000 grant Tuesday for a local for-profit company that hires, trains and promotes its workers to help them out of poverty.
“The only way out of poverty is skills and sustained employment,” Fortuity Calling President Fred Brothers told the commissioners Tuesday.
The company decided to put the call center on West Broad Street near the Mount Carmel West complex.
What’s unusual is that Fortuity is looking to hire 300 low-income workers, preferably from Franklinton. That’s not just to save the company money, but also to help those in poverty get a sustainable job and learn skills to help them — and the company — grow. Those jobs will pay $11, $13 and $15 per hour based on qualifications. The jobs also provide medical insurance and other benefits.
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