EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Wednesday morning the Salvation Army and American GI Forum put on their first ever "self-improvement" fair to help homeless El Pasoans find jobs.
There are roughly 1,400 homeless people in the Sun City, according to the El Paso Homeless Coalition.
The new initiative brought in nine other local groups: El Paso Staffing, GC Services, ResourceMFG Staffing, and Alorica, Headstart, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, YWCA LIFT, Vista College, and Feeding America.
KTSM got to see firsthand how the event is helping local residents. We spoke to Blaine Elder, a local man who is falling on hard times.
He was recently working as a chef, a dream job for him, but things didn't go as planned and now he's homeless and living at the Salvation Army Family Center.
Elder says this event provided very good resources, leaving him hopeful to find steady work soon.
"As long as i'm doing something with my hands and getting good hours I don't really mind i'm not really to picky," Elders said.
This first event was only open to a select group of people but organizers say they are going to put on the same type of event every few months now. The next one they say will be open to the public.