Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Gary Yara

Gary Yara



In early 2009, Gary Yara was working as a satellite dish installer, but he wasn’t satisfied and started looking for a better-paying job that could make a positive impact on people’s lives. The 42-year-old from Aurora found that opportunity as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He was hired in July 2009 by Arapahoe County as a weatherization technician. Because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Arapahoe County is significantly increasing the number of homes to be served with energy efficiency improvements. The county will weatherize about 1125 homes this year, compared to 680 last year.

The job provides a higher salary so that Mr. Yara can support his wife and two children. It also gives him a much stronger sense of personal satisfaction. Each weekday, he works in homes of low-income families and individuals to make the homes more energy efficient.

“This job is more satisfying. The service you give people is great,” Mr. Yara said.

Mr. Yara said the people who receive the free weatherization work are surprised that they can get this service at no charge.

The homeowners “are excited and very thankful,” he said.

Most importantly, Mr. Yara said this job gives him a more positive outlook on his future career. He said the skills he learned in this job will help him find more work in the future.

“It’s job security.”


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