WorkFirst Programs


The WorkFirst Program is Washington State’s welfare-to-work strategy. It is based on the belief that everyone has abilities needed in today’s workforce with work as the foundation building block to assist families to get off welfare. Washington initiated the WorkFirst Program in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient by providing employment services, training, child care, and other support services necessary for parents to get a job, keep a job and move up a career ladder.

WorkFirst parents will have opportunities to gain job skills and experience through a variety of work readiness programs including:

Community Jobs (CJ) Program

Provides paid work experience and educational opportunities for TANF parents who are seeking work.

Community Jobs is a full-time WorkFirst activity that provides paid temporary employment to parents who have multiple barriers. This a great program for parents who need time to stabilize their lives while preparing to go to work. Work assignments are 20 hours per week and provide opportunities for parents to gain job skills in a structured, supervised work environment.

Parents will also attend 10 hours of educational activities that are designed to help build basic skills or prepare for the GED; attend job training classes or participate in approved life skill classes.

The Community Jobs program also provide case management to ensure parents gain access to services that will lead to unsubsidized employment.

Career Jump

Private sector job placement. Wages paid during initial training on the job.

Career Jump is an expansion of Community Jobs and includes private sector placement options to support the career interests of WorkFirst parents. The design of the program includes a commitment from the employer to hire the parent after approximately 6 weeks of experience and training on the job



Community Jobs Participant Exit Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CJ_FY2014

Worksite Supervisor Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WS_FY2014

Career Development Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CD_FY2014

Job Connection Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JC_FY2014
Commuity Jobs

Supported Work Programs



People For People is an equal opportunity agency and provider of employment & training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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