Department of Human Services expanding resources for job seekers

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is expanding its work this month to help connect more Tennesseans with jobs.

For the last year, TDHS has helped organize more than 50 resource fairs across the state for individuals searching for employment or educational assistance.  This month will be the busiest yet with ten events scheduled including two events in the Upper Cumberland, Van Buren County on Jan. 15 and Fentress County on Jan. 22.

These resource fairs have been designed to provide valuable assistance to any individual looking for employment, training, or volunteer opportunities including TDHS customers who might need to meet work requirements for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

TDHS has partnered with 70 employers across the state to take part in the events along with local universities and other educational providers all seeking applicants and participants in their communities.

“We want people to be able to come to these resource fairs and have an opportunity to see what’s available in their communities,” said TDHS Employment and Education Coordinator Charlie Davis.  “Our thought is you don’t know what’s available unless you’re connected.”

The full list of resource fairs scheduled this month includes events in:

  • Haywood County on Jan. 9.
  • Williamson County on Jan. 10.
  • Perry/Wayne County on Jan.11.
  • Van Buren County on Jan. 15
  • Grundy County on Jan.15
  • Hardeman County on Jan. 22.
  • Fentress County on Jan. 22.
  • Campbell County on Jan. 23.
  • Claiborne County on Jan. 24.
  • Cocke County on Jan. 29.
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Prior resource fairs have been held in Shelby County, Rutherford County, Hamilton County and in other locations across the state.

Upcoming resource fair information can be found on the events section of the Tennessee Department of Human Services website at https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/events.html.

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