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People to People has helped fill 12,000 jobs to date

With the current economic climate, it is reassuring to know that Fallbrook’s People to People free employment service continues to be the same wonderful resource it has been for the last 28 years.

“In the last 28 years, we have helped fill 12,000 jobs,” said Don Kinner, manager. “And since the economic downturn, our applicant numbers have doubled since last year.”

Because businesses and people are holding on to their money, job vacancies are currently fewer.

Despite the numbers involved in recent layoffs, People to People remains steadfast helping applicants find work. For many, it serves as an additional source while pounding the pavement for employment. These days, the more networking resources one has, the better.

“Over the years, our volunteers, with the support of our donors, have assisted our fellow North County citizens in finding meaningful employment opportunities and providing homecare that allowed many of our seniors and handicapped citizens to lead more fulfilling, comfortable lives,” said Pete Peterson, treasurer and board member. “In many cases, our clients are able to find affordable home healthcare, housekeeping and home maintenance assistance that they would otherwise be unable to facilitate without our help.”

In addition to individual clients, People to People has helped a multitude of local businesses in need of qualified staff members for positions in sales, accounting, general office, customer service, agriculture, handyman, construction, healthcare and the food and beverage industry.

What originally started out as a nonprofit primarily specializing in caregiver positions eventually branched off into other areas as the years went by.

According to Kinner, additional positions were added because the community requested them.

“People to People recognized the need to create an organization that could assist individuals who sometimes have difficulty finding general employment such as young people, retirees and women reentering the workforce,” said Peterson.

And now, People to People is assisting those who have been laid off from their jobs.

All about networking, People to People refers its applicants to ROP at Fallbrook High School and the Job Development Center of Oceanside for more exposure.

Unlike a for-profit employment agency, People to People does not charge the applicant or the client for its services. All services are free of charge.

The most rewarding part of People to People, said Kinner, is getting people together and providing businesses with the qualified people of Fallbrook.

Calls for job openings range from the greater Fallbrook area, San Diego North and Southwest Riverside County.

Word of mouth advertising and its prime location on West Mission Road has successfully drawn business clients and applicants.

“We say that we are the best kept secret in Fallbrook that has been here for 28 years,” said Kinner. “So remember, if you’re looking for help, look for the little green house at West Mission Road and Pico.”

Fallbrook People to People Services is located at 140 West Mission Road and can be reached at (760) 728-0175 and [email protected].

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