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Rent-A-Grandma helping older women find work

Rent-A-Grandma helping older women find work
News from Ventura County Star:

Shelley Walta needed a job.

Michelle Julien needed a grandma.

Todd Pliss saw an opportunity.

Pliss paired the Simi Valley women through Rent-A-Grandma, a Los Angeles-based employment agency he founded in 2010. The agency places older women with families in need of everything from child care to domestic help to cooking to pet-sitting.

After he launched Rent-A-Grandma, put up a basic website and passed out a few business cards, he heard from Fox News.

“They did a segment on us and the phone started ringing,” Pliss said. “We got slammed. We got calls from all over the U.S.”

He also got about 600 requests from people wanting to open franchises. A Rent-A-Grandma is opening soon in Virginia, two have opened in Texas this year and Pliss is considering franchises in Florida. His business has been featured in national media outlets such as AARP magazine, ABC News, Fox Business News, Huffington Post, Business News Daily, CNBC and National Public Radio, to name a few.

This month, Pliss met with a producer for some of Oprah Winfrey’s programs about the possibility of a reality show involving Rent-A-Grandma, he said.

“They seemed pretty serious,” Pliss said. “We’ll see.”

Walta, 48, was laid off from her job in 2005, and separated from her husband. She needed a job, so in 2011, she answered an ad on Craigslist, where Pli…………… continues on Ventura County Star

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by John Stanley – Feb. 25, 2012 07:24 AM
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When you first hear about it, Kathy Dunham’s long-term goal for the animal shelter seems a bit, well, unusual.

“What I’d really like to see is for us to be put out of business,” said Dunham, president of the Friends for Life Animal Rescue group in Gilbert.

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She knows, of course, that won’t be any time soon. Last year alone, the no-kill shelter found homes for 175 cats and 248 dogs. And, as long as there are dogs and cats that are injured or abandoned or both, the shelter will need each and every one of its 350 volunteers.

“We want to be able to rescue animals and see them through their entire life,” said Kelly Mixer, public-relations director. “We want to help them get the care they need and get healthy and get with the proper family.”

All the animals are spayed or neutered but only after a seven-day hold to see if anyone claims them. Every animal also receives a microchip. That way, Mixer said,…………… continues on AZ Central.com

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