Launching a program to build caregiving workforce

Published: Jun. 18, 2019 at 7:23 PM EDT
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A Marquette man is launching a program designed to help bring more people to the caregiver industry.

Eric Paad announced the Caregiver Incentive Project.

It's a non-profit organization helping educate the public about the caregiving workforce.

The project will also provide financial incentives to students entering the field through scholarships and stipends to new caregivers.

Paad says these individuals can make all the difference in the lives of those needing their help.

"That's what makes the difference between existing and living. Somebody that's going to be there, maybe just a cheerful companion. Somebody to go out for a walk. Someone to get you to school, someone to get you to the grocery store and back. That's the difference," said Paad.

Paad says he was inspired to start the project after watching his physically disabled daughter, Dorothy, and the joy and opportunities caregivers provided her.