T,B & W Employees Seek Help from Workforce Connection
It was an abrupt decision that shocked the community- and left more than a thousand people jobless.
Taylor, Bean, and Whitaker the 12th- largest mortgage broker in the country, announced that it was closing it's loan operations, to restucture it's business.
Theresa Fret says,
"I'm pretty much the bread winner for my family and it's hard."
Theresa Fret and her one year old daughter join hundreds of former Taylor, Bean, and Whitaker employees at a workforce connection event at central florida community college.
"Just last week I was telling a friend, hey come over to Taylor Bean, this is the best job ever, this is a secure job!"
Now she and over a thousand employees just in Ocala, are left looking for ways to support themselves and their families.
Former employee LaTerica Smith says,
"We knew nothing about what was going on, our employer didn't let us know anything. It was just like a shock."
The shock, came in the form of an email wednesday afternoon, it told over 1,000 employees that they were "terminated".
"They even emailed us and said oh you're going to have a job tomorrow, they emailed us tuesday night before we got the email saying we don't have a job."
Taylor, Bean, and Whitaker employees weren't the only ones affected.
" There was Maslow there was evaluation services, there was clear title and then there was Taylor Bean, they were all under that umbrella."
The workforce connection event at Central Florida Community College helped former Taylor Bean workers register for an online job database and sign up for unemployment benefits.
Brian Morgan, Deputy director of Employee Services with the Workforce Connection, says,
"The goal today was to provide the employees with a sense of hope, that we're here, the communities here, we've been amazed by the outpouring of volunteer and corporate support.
And some employees are using this set back as an opportunity.
Theresa Fret says,
"I was thinking about going into nursing, they're offering free day care and things like that."
LaTerica Smith says,
"I'm thinking about going back to school.".
Brian Morgan says Workforce Connection leaders have applied for a national emergency grant which will pay for employee retraining, supportive services and relocation.
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