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CAREER (Community Action Resource for Education & Employment Readiness) 
The CAREER program educates and trains clients to help them find employment. The program connects families with support services necessary to help avoid long-term public assistance dependency. CAREER includes Community Jobs services funded by the

State of Washington, Department of Social & Health Services

BFET (Basic Food Employment and Training)
The Washington State BFET program provides employment readiness opportunities to Basic Food (SNAP) recipients who are not participating in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) WorkFirst program. Services are provided through all community & technical colleges and/or community based organizations (CBO).

BFET is an important part of the state’s comprehensive workforce development system, serving the needs of low-income individuals, displaced workers, and employers by encouraging financial independence from public assistance through skill acquisition, personal responsibility and gainful employment.


RISE (Resources to Initiate Successful Employment)
The RISE Project has been designed to fill the gap currently experienced by BFET participants who face multiple barriers and lack the needed work experience to obtain employment resulting in self-sufficiency. The pilot will emphasize barrier reduction through the following services: 

•A standardized approach to case management leading to self-sufficiency
•Provide opportunities to sharpen personal skills through Strategies for Success training 
•The opportunity for employment and training to offer SNAP recipients work-based learning activities 

Click here BFET and RISE referral

LEAP -- Results at a Glance

Tammy Montgomery

Ph: (253) 798-4400 Option 5

Adult Employment
Adult Employment Programs assist individuals with developmental disabilities achieve employment goals. Services are individualized and are dependent on each person's need. The goal is always to help each client achieve the greatest independence and self-sufficiency possible.

Adult Day Programs
Adult Day Programs are available to those ages 62 and over, or by exception through the Division of Developmental Disabilities. These services support individuals with developmental disabilities to access their community in ways typical for their age group.

Adult Employment and Day Programs are provided in Pierce County by a network of service providers and funded by the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Local School Districts, and Pierce County Property Tax dollars.

Daniel Gross
Ph: (253) 798-2956