San Pablo EDC’s tattoo removal program aims to remove job barrier

San Pablo EDC's tattoo removal program aims to remove job barrier

By Mike Kinney

On the third Saturday of every month, dozens of inked-up local residents stream into the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation offices at San Pablo Avenue and Church Lane in order to take advantage of an affordable tattoo removal services program.

During the three hour sessions, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., there are anywhere between 70 and 90 tattoo removal appointments — and that’s not including the walk-ins.

Thanks to grants from the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation and Kaiser Permanente Community Foundation, the San Pablo EDC began offering the Removing Barriers Tattoo Removal Program as one of numerous strategies it uses to help prepare local job seekers for openings in the work force.

The charge for tattoo removal is $50 dollars per appointment for San Pablo residents and $80 dollars per appointment for non-residents, said Nora Ruiz, a senior program associate for the San Pablo EDC. That’s far less than most laser treatment sessions, which can run from $200 to $500.

Each laser treatment takes no more than 5 minutes per session, although typically several sessions are required to fully remove the tattoo.

For those interested in learning more about this program and others offered by The San Pablo EDC, which also provides access to job training programs, tools for entrepreneurs and other community resources, visit its website here