Press Release: A dozen community partners come together to host job fair for neighbors with a record in Jacksonville

Just in time for Christmas, 20 local employers will join the non-profit community in promoting equal opportunity and second chances

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Clara White Mission will host a Second Chances Job Fair on Tuesday, December 11, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to encourage equal employment opportunities to job seekers with a criminal record.

The job fair will feature 20 local employers, numerous non-profit agencies offering their services, a raffle for free bicycles so job seekers can easily get to their new jobs, free legal services, and more.

The event is made possible through a city-wide collaboration of sponsoring agencies, which include Clara White Mission, City Rescue Mission, Better Together (formerly FlourishNow), Operation New Hope, Catholic Charities Workforce Development, Florida Department of Corrections, CareerSource of Northeast Florida, Prisoners of Christ, Clean Slate Project, Jacksonville Re-entry, Optimum Staffing, and The Ville Church.

“I am excited about the opportunity to help the homeless and low income get their life back, by inviting employers to hire our qualified attendees at our job fair.  This joint community partnership with Better Together will help our clientele prepare, interview, and for some get employment on the spot. This partnership will reach individuals that would otherwise be overlooked if this opportunity wasn’t available at sites like the Clara White Mission. This is a hand up, not a hand out.” – Ju’Coby Pittman, CEO/President of Clara White Mission.

Employers attending include UPS, Guidewell, Coastal Industries, Tivey Construction, City of Jacksonville, Optimum Staffing, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and more.

“The job fair is a real answer to real needs in the community and it contributes greatly to our city as a whole for people to have employment…and we get to meet some great people!” – Event Chaplain, Pastor Jay Harris, The Ville Church

Volunteers and representatives from local churches and non-profits will be on site to connect job seekers with the right opportunities and services. In addition, Three Rivers Legal Services, a local non-profit law firm, will meet with attendees to share information on criminal record expungement or sealing, family law, landlord/tenant issues, consumer issues, and veterans’ benefits. Three Rivers will be offering service and advice free of charge to those with legal issues affecting their ability to get and maintain stable employment.

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For more information, visit jaxsecondchances.org. For media inquiries, please contact Phil Hegseth with Better Together at (651) 307-1002 or phil@bettertogetherus.org.