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Trillium Employment Services opens new Puyallup office

Trillium Employment Services client Daniel Bala leaves the nonprofit’s new building on Meridian last week after working with Annie Harris, left.
Trillium Employment Services client Daniel Bala leaves the nonprofit’s new building on Meridian last week after working with Annie Harris, left. Staff photographer

Trillium Employment Services, a boutique staffing firm specializing in recruiting, training and advancing employees with intellectual disabilities for both private and public organizations, recently celebrated the official opening of its new downtown Puyallup location at 400 S. Meridian, Suite 1B, near Pioneer Park.

“Trillium has served Pierce County businesses and job seekers for ten years from our Auburn location,” said Karen Williams, spokeswoman for Trillium. “The demand for our services in Pierce and King County had more than tripled our staff in eight years, so it made sense to move the Pierce team to a new location in their community.”

Trillium opened its new Puyallup office last spring. Williams said having the Pierce team located in Puyallup will help to strengthen the ongoing relationships between Trillium and Pierce County-based organizations and businesses.

“We have a great relationship with the Puyallup School District with a mutual goal that students with disabilities leave their transition program with a job,” Williams explained.

Also, “having a bricks and mortar presence in Puyallup strengthens the Trillium brand,” she said.

“We are returning to an era where business to business engagement has an important local factor,” Williams said. “Community banks, farmers markets and ‘shop local’ mean more to businesses.

“Trillium serves the business community by offering creative solutions for labor and workflow efficiencies. Our best referral is a testimonial from a company sharing their successful experience with supported employment, and when it’s your neighboring business you trust, you listen,” Williams said.

In 2015, Trillium successfully helped Pierce County businesses hire 31 employees.

“Three years from now, it would be great to see that community impact doubled,” Williams said. “In order to see this goal fulfilled, we will expand our investment in the community, building on our participation in Rotary and the Chamber. We have also hired two additional staff to meet the demands of job seekers and placements with companies, and plan for more hiring in the future.”

In 2014, Trillium, across King and Pierce counties, made 124 successful job matches.

“We are on our way to surpassing that number in 2015,” Williams said.

Trillium goes beyond the typical staffing agency model and offers companies customized services.

“In addition to recruitment and screening, we provide on-site training and retention services for the duration of the employee’s tenure,” Williams explained. “We have several parallel goals to businesses, including ensuring the placements are quality matches, so the employer has quality retention rates and providing opportunities for employee career advancement.”

Trillium is a nonprofit, so it offers its services at no cost to the employer. To schedule a consultation, businesses can call the Puyallup office at 253-446-7510 or send a message on the Trillium website: trillium.org/contact-us/.

Andrew Fickes: 253-503-3965