Maine woman’s persistence pays off after being down to last $100

A staggering amount of people are without jobs right now due to the coronavirus outbreak.Judy Newman of Warren is one of them.She was down to her last $100 on Tuesday, and said she could not get through to the state’s unemployment office. She resorted to asking for general assistance from the town of Warren, the first time she’s had to do so.On Thursday, she finally received a check.”(The check will) help pay for things like oil and food and personal supplies,” Newman said.After getting locked out of the labor department’s website, someone called to help her navigate through it. On Thursday morning, she received her first unemployment check of $300.”It almost felt like the lottery. When you get down that low, that’s scary stuff,” Newman said.Warren Town Manager Sherry Howard wants people to know the town’s staff is still working, even though the office is closed to the public. “We are here to help. We are here to make sure that our residents stay safe, healthy and calm, (to) feel like there’s a resource out there to help them through this tough time,” said Howard.Newman’s advice to others in similar situations: be persistent.”Just keep it up until you get answers and try not to get discouraged. That was hard for me because I was getting discouraged,” Newman said.Mainers can also call 211 if they need help finding assistance.

A staggering amount of people are without jobs right now due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Judy Newman of Warren is one of them.

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She was down to her last $100 on Tuesday, and said she could not get through to the state’s unemployment office. She resorted to asking for general assistance from the town of Warren, the first time she’s had to do so.

On Thursday, she finally received a check.

“(The check will) help pay for things like oil and food and personal supplies,” Newman said.

After getting locked out of the labor department’s website, someone called to help her navigate through it. On Thursday morning, she received her first unemployment check of $300.

“It almost felt like the lottery. When you get down that low, that’s scary stuff,” Newman said.

Warren Town Manager Sherry Howard wants people to know the town’s staff is still working, even though the office is closed to the public.

“We are here to help. We are here to make sure that our residents stay safe, healthy and calm, (to) feel like there’s a resource out there to help them through this tough time,” said Howard.

Newman’s advice to others in similar situations: be persistent.

“Just keep it up until you get answers and try not to get discouraged. That was hard for me because I was getting discouraged,” Newman said.

Mainers can also call 211 if they need help finding assistance.