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Department of Human Services Connects People With Jobs

TDHS is co-sponsoring a career fair to help SNAP recipients find work
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | 10:11am

JOHNSON CITY – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is taking another step this week to help recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) in East Tennessee meet work requirements.

On Wednesday, TDHS will co-sponsor a career, education and resource fair.  This event will connect job seekers with employment, volunteer and education resources, including job search, resume writing, interviewing skills, college preparation, along with career planning and development. The Resource Fair is hosted in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Mobile American Job Center.

The event will include a major hiring outreach by Allied Dispatch.  The company is looking to hire 50 full and part-time customer solution specialists in the area paying $10 to $12 an hour.  Representatives will be on hand conducting interviews for those positions.

The career fair follows September’s announcement that TDHS is reinstating the work requirement for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) who receive SNAP benefits in 70 counties, including Washington, Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Sullivan, Unicoi and Johnson County, counties targeted in this Resource Fair.

Beginning February 1st, 2018, the ABAWD designation will require recipients to:

•      Work or volunteer at least an average of 20 hours per week; or

•      Participate in a qualified training program for an average of 20 hours a week

“We want to ensure that the people impacted by this change are aware of new opportunities that exist close to them,” said Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes.  “These 50 positions Allied Dispatch is looking to fill are just the beginning of assistance we’re providing to help build a thriving Tennessee.”

You are invited to cover Wednesday’s event.

When:                  Wednesday, December 20th

Where:                American Job Center

                                515 Wesley Street, Johnson City

Time:                    10 AM to Noon

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CONTACT:  Sky Arnold

OFFICE:  615-313-5551