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August 29, 2013

Library patrons earn donation for Best Foot Forward

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Best Foot Forward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping unemployed or underemployed Merrimack Valley residents find work. Rosemary Werner, Best Foot Forward’s founder, said she is incredibly grateful for the donation and said the money will help pay for things like gas cards and haircuts for residents who can’t afford them, and it will also allow the ability to fulfill requests for less common sizes and styles of clothes that need to be purchased.

“We had a gentleman who needed a size 13 shoe,” Werner said. “We didn’t have it, but he needed new shoes desperately, his shoes were falling apart. So that’s great to go off and say we can get those things for people like that.”

Best Foot Forward is based across the street from the library on Main Street, and besides offering clothes for job interviews so the interviewee can look presentable, the organization also provides resume building services, haircuts and transportation.

Since it began in 2011, Werner and her staff have helped 52 local residents get jobs, and also assisted people in need from the Women’s Crisis Center, the Pettengill House, the sheriff’s office and the courthouse.

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