Nationwide Day of Second Chances will connect 100 businesses nationwide with 5,000 job seekers facing employment barriers
For the more than 650,000 Americans released from prison every year, finding employment has its challenges.
That is why Better Together created the Nationwide Day of Second Chances. This is a day when churches, volunteers, local businesses and nonprofits across the United States band together to host job fairs for neighbors who face employment barriers such as incarceration.
Better Together will hold the second annual Nationwide Day of Second Chances on Thursday, Dec. 10. Hosted by over a dozen church partners, hosts and job coaches nationwide, the event features more than 100 businesses who will offer job interviews to more than 5,000 anticipated job seekers. Additionally, Better Together and church partners will offer free workshops Dec. 1-4 as well as one-on-one coaching and mentorship sessions with trained volunteer job coaches to review resumes and interviewing skills in preparation for interviews. To find an in-person or virtual event near you and register to attend, visit BetterTogetherUS.org/Events.
“Everyone deserves a second chance to gain economic stability and contribute to society in a meaningful way,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “Upon release and without job prospects, two-thirds of them will lose hope and return to prison. Nationwide Day of Second Chances is a solution to help our neighbors find work, restore their dignity and keep families together.”
With the help of hundreds of volunteers and church communities, Better Together builds lasting support systems that help families cope with hardships – job loss, substance abuse, homelessness and even jail time – and ensures that children are cared for in a safe home until the family can be reunited. Additionally, its “Better Jobs” program has helped nearly 29,000 job seekers connect with employment opportunities through church-based job fairs.