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Boschwitz Appeals For Job For Formerly Homeless Worker

December 14, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, who leaves office in January, has appealed to colleagues to hire a woman who was homeless when she went to work for him two years ago.

″I have an employee who can’t wait,″ the Minnesota Republican wrote his fellow senators.

Some of Boschwitz’s workers have found jobs since he lost his re-election bid in November, but Valerie Gaines, a 36-year-old typist, has had just two interviews without success so far. Her husband has been disabled by two strokes and cannot work, she says. She has two daughters, aged 6 and 8.

″Valerie hasn’t found a new job ... and we need to place her quickly to avoid another debilitating bout with homelessness,″ Boschwitz wrote. ″Valerie Gaines will be an asset to your office.″

Boschwitz called Gaines an ″excellent employee.″

Gaines had worked for then-Sen. Lawton Chiles, D-Fla., for two years but lost her job when he retired in 1988. During three weeks of being out of work, her family was evicted and their belongings were stolen.

Boschwitz’s staff hired her without knowing that the address she had given was that of a homeless shelter. She now lives in an apartment in suburban Maryland.

Gaines said Friday she has had two interviews about jobs in the Department of Agriculture but no overtures from other members of Congress.

″I’m trying to keep optimistic that the someone will call soon and say they want me to work on their staff in some capacity,″ she said. ″It’s Christmas time; we’re being merry.″

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