Our Programs

Cares Of WA Staff discussing client success

Cares changes the future for our clients by offering a continuum of services that address critical skills they need to thrive in the workforce and face the challenges they may encounter when attempting to obtain and retain that job. Clients work on-one-with one of our 14 Job Coaches to discuss strengths, assets, and challenges and identify suitable job options with advancement potential. This includes intake, strength-based strengths-based assessment, ongoing support, and follow-up. Job coaches meet with participants in a variety of accessible locations at flexible times to accommodate as many schedules as possible. Together, the client and job coach outline financial and employment goals and the steps to achieve them.

Cares staff connects clients with whatever they need to achieve long-term self-sufficiency whether it’s:

  • Mental health care
  • Childcare
  • Transportation
  • Financial education/coaching
  • Life skills coaching
  • ESL classes

Coaches also help clients to:

  • Complete job applications
  • Create resumes
  • Practice mock interviews
  • Address any related issues specific to the client

Whatever the need, we ensure that our client's needs are met and in all cases, we remain the primary job coach, coordinating with service providers to ensure efficiency and promoting shared positive outcomes.

Our 7 Placement Specialists develop and maintain excellent relationships with more than 100 local employers. Cares works with local companies to place clients in appropriate positions based on skills and aptitude, location, accessibility, etc.

Cares’ clients have successfully been placed in jobs at:

  • Microsoft 
  • Hexcel Corp
  • Safeway
  • Xerox
  • King County 
  • Walmart
  • Seattle Tilth
  • Many more

But our work doesn’t stop when a client gets a job. We schedule work hours at partner sites, conduct joint planning meetings, track mutual outcomes with partner agencies, and participate in resource fairs around our service region. All of our activities are designed to provide our clients with comprehensive services that help them become employable, stay employed, and improve their financial—and personal—future. 

We are committed to providing all services in a culturally relevant manner, and interpreters and translation services are available in all languages.