Fresno's Veterans home job fair brings out hundreds

January 24, 2013 12:08:36 AM PST
A job fair at Fresno's Veterans home brought out hundreds of applicants Wednesday. Veterans Home of California-Fresno is set to welcome its first residents this fall and the application process is now underway.

The Veterans home is looking to fill 100 to 150 positions in the next few months and will eventually employ about 400 people. The line of applicants stretched across several buildings at the facility Wednesday morning. Inside, there were workshops on how to apply for a job with the state and take the necessary tests. Representatives from every specialty were also on hand to educate people on what each job entails -- everything from nursing to grounds keeping.

Many of those applying for work are veterans themselves. "I'm starting a different life now. I've spent almost 14 years serving. Now it's just a brand new, different, steady pace," said Kelly Robles of Fresno.

It will be a couple of years before the home is operating at full capacity with all 400 employees and 300 residents. But today, the CalVet Secretary and Undersecretary for Veterans Homes were both on hand to celebrate the step forward.