WorkFirst is Washington’s welfare reform program designed to help Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants get what they need to prepare for and go to work. The program began in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient through employment services, training, child care, and other support activities. It is based on the belief that everyone has abilities needed in today’s workforce.
How WorkFirst Helps
WorkFirst participants receive opportunities to gain job skills and experience through a variety of work readiness programs. If you are receiving TANF and think one of these programs will help you succeed, please contact a service provider in your region using the WorkFirst External Contact List (PDF) or by visiting your local DSHS office.
Community Jobs is a comprehensive, paid work program that combines a variety of activities to increase employability of participants. Barrier removal and other intensive case management services are also provided.
Career Jump provides the same services as Community Job Connection, however businesses make a commitment to hire the participant sometime during, or at the end of, the training period.
Community Works provides participants an unpaid structured work activity that builds work ethics, soft skills, and work skills.
WorkFirst Success Stories
Information about WorkFirst contractors is available by accessing the WorkFirst External Contact List (PDF) document.