In the Boston Globe: Older Bostonians gather in Roxbury to plot the next chapter in their working lives


Mary Gillchrist (left) and Stephanie Thomas at the Dewitt Center in Roxbury.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Mattapan resident Theresa Porter spent decades working for the US Postal Service, ascending to a management position in which she oversaw 245 employees in Houston, Texas. But two years after retiring, the 64-year-old Porter said she wants to return to work,

“I would just like a job. Something to do,” Porter said. “I’m tired of sitting at home, doing nothing.”

On Saturday, nearly 50 older workers plotted the next chapter of their working lives in the gym at the Dewitt Center in Roxbury during a city-sponsored workshop to help people age 50 and older find their next job.

“We’re hoping that we can actually get older adults connected with interviews and job opportunities,” said Emily Shea, who leads the city’s Age Strong Commission.

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