By: Jeff Grissom, San Diego County DCSS
San Diego County Department of Child Support Services (San Diego County DCSS) hosted its first “Super Saturday” job fair on Saturday, January 26th and it was a resounding success! 128 job seekers passed through the central office doors, going on to make meaningful connections with 10 employment providers including Select Staffing, Workforce Partnership, Census2020 and Goodwill, just to name a few. YMCA was on-site connecting parents to childcare resources, and the public defender staff provided information about conviction relief available through the Fresh Start Program, which helps justice-involved job-seekers back on the path to employment. Representatives from Parents Investing in Education (PIE) and the high school diploma program were also available, resulting in 13 PIE interest forms and eight individuals enrolling in the diploma program—five completed the assessments on-site that day. Two laptops were also issued to students without computers!
Attendees told staff they were blown away by the number of employers and resources available under one roof, several mentioned being personally touched by the compassion and positive energy that permeated the event. Many job-seekers were current or former child support participants and were impressed by the paradigm shift happening throughout the Child Support Program with the emphasis on providing wrap-around services that reduce barriers such as time and transportation.
San Diego County DCSS Director Jeff Grissom called out a special thanks to the Super Saturday Planning Committee, saying, “Thanks to all staff who came in early on Saturday to work hard to ensure the event was a success, and each of you for your part in sharing the information with your customers, family, and friends! Together we’re making a difference in the lives of our customers.”
Those interested in replicating the success of this kind of event should contact Mike Bradley or Henry Bartolome at San Diego County DCSS for information on the planning and logistics.