WACO, Texas — Non-essential businesses in Bell and McLennan county will be closed through the beginning of April, which leaves many Central Texans scrambling to find a job.

The Texas Workforce Commission has addressed the increase in people applying for unemployment benefits on their website due to temporary coronavirus layoffs.

The TWC said they are trying to make things easier for people to apply for unemployment by compiling all resources and information available for job seekers in one central place. 

There is information on their website that includes ways to help you figure out if you may qualify for benefits. You can learn about childcare options during the coronavirus outbreak and how to navigate the unemployment benefits portal. 

If you chose not to seek unemployment benefits, Visiting Angels in Waco and Temple may be able to employ you. They provide living assistance services to the elderly and disabled. The company is expecting the need for homecare to increase in the coming weeks and is looking to hire qualified caregivers. 

"We are trying to proactively hire and get folks in the door now so once that does happen, and those needs increase, we have adequate staff at that time," Executive Director and Managing Partner at Visiting Angels in Waco Jacob Neubert said. 

Visiting Angels asked that you have two years’ experience in caring for the elderly. 

"If they have a CNA license, we typically look for six months' experience because of the training they receive with that license," Neubert said.

Support Services Group in Hewitt also wants to ensure they keep Waco working. They are currently hiring bilingual and non-bilingual employees for a temporary work from home position that provides customer service for a popular new streaming service. 

The hours of operation are 4 a.m. - 6 p.m., seven days a week and training will start Monday. Applicants can send their resumes to careerstx@s2g.net

To apply for a job at Visiting Angles visit 154.axiscare.com in Waco or 144.axiscare.com in Temple.

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