A non-profit agency is working hard to get Mount Druitt job seekers back into the workforce.
The Salvation Army Employment Plus office in Mount Druitt has placed 29 clients into employment as part of Fab Feb month to bring job seekers and potential employers together.
Job seekers had a pep talk from NRL Penrith Panthers chief Phil Gould last week.
Most clients are referred by Centrelink.
Their stories vary, from mothers entering the workforce for the first time to a man who was retrenched after 13 years with Australia Post.
"Many of them want to get back into the workforce," recruitment adviser Larry Boris said.
"We have several hundred clients and most are ready for work.
"All they want is a chance.
"Fab Feb aims to get the word out to employers that we have able and qualified people.
"We can fill their vacancies without them having to advertise."
The agency also helps job seekers prepare for the workforce.
"Some don't know how to present themselves," Mr Boris said.
After 22 years in the US military, Mr Boris arrived in Australia on a student visa three years ago and spent time out of work before getting this position.
"I can look my kids in the eye again and have a different sense of myself," he said.
"To be given this opportunity by the Salvation Army means everything."
Mount Druitt resident Tye Crocker has a new job after three months out of work.
"It provides a better life and a chance for me and my family," he said.
Mr Crocker found Mr Gould's talk inspirational.
"It was awesome that he showed he still cared about the community. He said that if you stay positive, you'll always be a winner."