By: Katie Cracchiolo
While many will see Golden 1 Center for the first time as attendees, Tarrah Irwin will take her first look this year as a new team member.
Following a cancer diagnosis, with a pre-existing medical condition and lack of health insurance, Irwin found herself without a roof over her head. “I was homeless,” she told ABC 10’s Gabrielle Karol.
Though her future looked bleak, Irwin happened to sleep on the sidewalk right outside Women’s Empowerment, the very organization that would help her get back on her feet.
“Volunteers helped her prepare her resume, practice interviewing and get ready to reenter the workforce,” explained Karol. Irwin went onto receive two job offers and credits it to the nonprofit.
As part of the Sacramento Kings commitment to the community, the organization contacted Women’s Empowerment in hopes of finding future Golden 1 Center team members – and ultimately extended 40 job offers.
“From the beginning, we’ve said we want to make Sacramento proud,” said Kings President Chris Granger to ABC 10. “Doing things with Women’s Empowerment gives us the chance to do things that are meaningful, beyond what happens on the basketball court.”
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