Friday, October 4, 2013
On Wednesday morning many of the former employees of the businesses destroyed in the fire on Front Street went to the Waccamaw Regional Council of Government Center to get help.
Representatives from South Carolina Works and the Department of Workforce Services were on hand to give employees information about job openings, jobs skills, and unemployment benefits.
Participating were three employees from Buzz's Roost.
John Cochran, Brad Smoak, and Stephanie Davis all worked together at the restaurant and are now looking for new jobs.
"I don't have them to be by my side at work in the morn- ing because we no longer have a job," Cochran said.
The employees said that now they are searching for any type of job, just to get back to work.
"I've also looked at other places outside the restaurant business," Smoak said.
"Anything really right now would help," Davis added.
The job search is not always easy, but the group said the community's help takes off some of the pressure.
"It's actually been kind of a blessing in some ways. All these people in our community want to help us," Davis said.
They said they do not always know how they will pay for the daily expenses and upcoming bills, but they are doing whatever they need to survive.
Throughout it all, the employees also said the fire made them thankful as they remember that even a bad day on the job is better than no job at all.
"It's actually made me think twice — like wow — we took it for granted. A lot of people were taking it for grant- ed and we never want to do that again," Smoak said.
Close to 50 employees attended the meeting Wednes- day and each one registered with United Way and received a $100 Visa gift card from the Fire Relief Fund.
A representative from the Georgetown Business Asso- ciation said that before the distributions more than $50,000 had been donated to the fund.
If you'd like to donate, you can make a donation at First Citizens Bank in Georgetown.
If you are a fire victim that did not make the meeting, you can find more information on the SC Works website at www.scworks.org, or call them at (803) 737-2806.