US funds give youths a shot at ‘real’ paycheck

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Jack Fontaine of North Brookfield makes a dollar or two an hour in the Southbridge Center of Hope’s shelter workshop.

Mr. Fontaine, 21, took orders at the center’s bookstore and swept a garage yesterday.

For two years, he has been training at the center. Now he’s ready for competitive community-based employment, said Rachel Reyes, director of programs at the center.

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