In the Pierce County area, about 4,800 people are experiencing homelessness — the majority of which are adults, and roughly 1,400 are seeking employment.

A handful of local organizations — Goodwill of the Olympics & Rianier Region, Catholic Community Services, REACH, Sound Outreach, Salvation Army Tacoma Citadel, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Living Access Support Alliance, and WorkSource Pierce — are trying to bridge the gap between homeless jobseekers and employment by hosting a quarterly HIRE 253 Job Fair, connecting 200 community members to entry-level and general employment positions.

Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center Tacoma / photo courtesy of Goodwill

The quarterly program has grown since it started in November 2017 with 120 participants and 28 employers and service providers. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 5, at the Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center in Tacoma, 60 employers and resource providers will conduct on-the-spot interviews and hiring and connect participants with local programs. Employers will represent construction, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, food service, transportation, warehouse, health care, and government fields.

“The HIRE 253 Job Fair is a new initiative under our community partnership goal to end homelessness one job at a time,” said Kelly Blucher, community engagement coordinator at Goodwill. “For those who do not land a job on June 5, our network of resource providers will help willing attendees by furnishing job seekers with career, job skill, and job placement programs that will make them more competitive moving forward.”

A free lunch will be provided by the Neighborhood Bistro, Goodwill’s onsite culinary school. Transportation shuttles will run between Goodwill and local shelters and key pick-up locations. This event is also open to the general public.

To register, visit the HIRE 253 Facebook page.

If you go:

Hire 253 Job Fair

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 5

Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center

714 South 27th St., Tacoma