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HIRE 253 connects residents with housing and employment

HIRE 253 is back!

It was pouring rain on September 17, but that didn’t stop community organizations and employers throughout Pierce County from joining together at People’s Park in Tacoma to connect residents with resources for housing and employment opportunities.

More than 160 people attended Hire 253, many of whom are experiencing homelessness. The event featured 30 employers who are actively hiring and organizations with resources to help attendees overcome barriers. The job fair also hosted mobile units with services for attendees, including medical, dental, laundry, vaccinations, HIV & Hepatitis C testing, and more.

Employers participating in the job fair reported a significant amount of engagement.

“It was amazing! Even better than I expected it to be,” said Jimmy Peterson from LiUNA Local 252. “Even though it was raining the whole time, it was great… I can’t wait to be a part of more [Hire 253 events].”

There were also many referrals to WorkSource and Goodwill for additional vocational services.

This event could not have happened without the support of 100 volunteers who gave their time and talent to help make this event a success. A HUGE “Thank you!” to each one of you.

Check out these videos/stories below to see media coverage of the event.

We can’t wait to see you at the next HIRE 253!

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