Department of Labor Assisting Helen’s Restaurant in Machias Bookmark and Share

July 11, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Rapid Response will help workers left jobless by fire

MACHIAS – The Rapid Response team of the Maine Department of Labor has contacted the owners of Helen’s Restaurant in Machias. Workers who will be out of a job while the business plans for its future may be eligible for unemployment benefits and other services.

“Helen’s is a Maine landmark. Open year-round, the restaurant is also a local institution and gathering place. This is a true loss for the owners, David and Julie Barker, as well as the Down East community,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Staff from the Machias CareerCenter are reaching out to help all those affected get through the challenges the fire caused. Machias is a close-knit community and they support one another.”

The Machias CareerCenter will be the point of contact for those affected by the fire. CareerCenter staff will be meeting with the owners on Monday to set up informational sessions for employees. The CareerCenter, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1 in Machias, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, .

The Rapid Response program of the Bureau of Employment Services assists workers facing job loss due to downsizing or closures, including temporary or permanent closures due to fires or natural disasters. The Department of Labor can advise and assist employers and employees with information about their rights, responsibilities and obligations during such an event to safeguard the economic stability of workers and the surrounding community.

To find out more about the Rapid Response program, contact your local CareerCenter. The Bureau of Employment Services provides a variety of employment and training services for Maine workers, businesses and jobseekers through the Maine CareerCenter network, .

Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.