LIVERMORE FALLS — Bob Stevens is willing to work for money to pay his rent.
He just needs a job.
Stevens, 63, of Livermore Falls, has been sitting on the wall on the corner of Main and Depot streets, near the town office, off and on for the last three weeks holding a sign that states “Need Work.” He recently added “Need Help.”
He has gotten a day’s work here and there, as well as some assistance with rent from the town’s General Assistance program, he said. He’s not old enough to retire, he said. By trade, he is a cook.
A woman did stop and promised him a job flagging in April to do traffic control, he said, but he needs to survive now.
He was born in Presque Isle and had been working in Massachusetts for a vending service but when the economy slowed, so did the business, he said.
Stevens has lived in Livermore Falls before and came north again to find work.
“The way it used to be is you could go to Cumberland Farms and Puffin’ Stop and you always could pick up a job but that’s not the case anymore,” Stevens said.
Many people have no jobs, he said, but the job sources are no longer there.
“I’m looking for any kind of odd job. … I’m doing what I can to pick up my rent. I don’t want to be homeless,” Stevens said. “I am finding it very hard to find work. I have applications all over Livermore Falls. I have no transportation so it is hard to find a job.”