Welfare-to-work programs are a key component of the federal government's Welfare Reform Law.
The law forces clients to find work after two years, or face being cut from the welfare rolls.
And there's now a five-year lifetime limit on collecting benefits.
Missouri's welfare-to-work program has been up and running since the summer of 1995. Even Clinton has cited the state a role-model for the nation.
K-B-I-A's Tracy Sadeghian (Sah-DEEG-gin) visited a Sedalia company taking advantage of this program.
Missouri Senate Pro Tem Jim Mathewson, created Missouri's welfare-to-work program in his own back yard.
He says the program was sparked when he received a call from an official with Tyson Chicken, seeking his help in finding people to work its assembly lines. The Sedalia plant processes 180-thousand chickens a day.
Senator Mathewson contacted the Family Services Division. It began referring food stamp applicants..looking for work..directly to Tyson for interviews.
Jennifer Thomas is the Personnel Manager at Tyson Foods. She says 44 people already have left the welfare lines to kill and cut up chicken.