The Coalition for the Homeless is giving people hope by helping people find a job. Under the leadership of Linda Fields, Director of Employment and Training, the Coalition’s 7th Annual Jobs, Training Opportunities and Educational Fair had a record number of local employers and hundreds of job seekers who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless looking for career and job training opportunities. Over 50 employers packed the gym at THEARC Boys and Girls Club in Washington, DC on September 24, 2015. The job fair is an integral part of the Coalition’s mission to help people living in the District of Columbia break the cycle of homelessness.
The Coalition’s job fair is also helping companies fill vacancies and solve workforce issues in the community. We are glad the Coalition can bridge the gap says Linda Fields. The Coalition works with a lot of good organizations that can help people find resources and employers wanting to help people get back to work. Our hope is that our job fair gets bigger and better to help more people. One of the most satisfying things we saw, were people filling out job applications, hearing prospects inquire about work hours, and asking whether or not an employer is located on the bus line. She added the informal atmosphere eases the tensions of those seeking work.
One participant at the fair put it best when she said, “It’s a good place to be right now”.