Hiring the homeless

By Steph Rodriguez

More than 100 low-income and homeless people cycled through a career fair designed just for them on May 9, at the Mather Community Campus, a one-year transitional housing program.

Goodwill Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada, PRIDE Industries, and Vision Service Plan were among more than 50 participating businesses, some of which hired people on the spot.

“Dressing up with their résumé and having actual employers giving them the time of day is what many looked forward to from our program,” said Nikki Tallon, a spokeswoman for AmeriCorps VISTA, which hosted the event with Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada. “Just the opportunity to have a chance to interview they were grateful for.”

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