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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Nashua job fair hits downtown Wednesday

By TINA FORBES
Staff Writer

NASHUA – The eighth annual Employment Connect job fair will be held at St. Patrick Church at 29 Spring St. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday.

The fair will be hosted by the Nashua Continuum of Care, a network of service agencies that prevent homelessness and help people transition out of homelessness. The fair started as employment outreach for homeless people and now includes any job seekers. ...

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NASHUA – The eighth annual Employment Connect job fair will be held at St. Patrick Church at 29 Spring St. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday.

The fair will be hosted by the Nashua Continuum of Care, a network of service agencies that prevent homelessness and help people transition out of homelessness. The fair started as employment outreach for homeless people and now includes any job seekers.

Tom Lopez, Ward 4 alderman and education and employment advocate for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, is a major force behind the event.

“Our goal is to remove the middleman and have employers directly interact with people applying for jobs,” Lopez said during the 2015 event. “Ideally, they’re interviewing and hiring on the spot.”

Since the fair moved to St. Patrick Church in 2014, Lopez said there has been room for more employment support for applicants thanks to a series of classrooms the church made available for interview prep and the gym for the fair.

These employers have registered for the event: Sears Nashua, Easter Seals, Ultimate Staffing, Hamra Enterprises, Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services, Danielle Fuller, NH providerlink, Visiting Angels, the city of Nashua, Geophysical Survey Systems, Silverstone Living, Rhonda Della Sala, UPS, Partnership for Successful Living, Integrity Staffing Solutions and Excell Mobile Distributors.

Aside from the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care, the job fair is presented by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Great American Downtown.

The Greater Nashua Continuum of Care came together in 1995 and includes Nashua and nine surrounding communities in Hillsborough County. The main mission of the group is to apply for funding for programs and services to address homelessness.

The Continuum is composed of nonprofit agencies such as shelters, food pantries, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing agencies, as well as service providers, the banking and business communities, faith-based organizations, veteran service agencies, welfare, educational institutions, youth organizations, federal and state government officials, homeless or formerly homeless people, and other area residents.

For more information about the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care, visit www.nashua-coc.org.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594- 6402, tforbes@nashuatelegraph. com or @Telegraph_TinaF.