Press Release: Over a dozen community partners come together to host a Second Chances Job Fair





Over 30 local employers will join the non-profit community in promoting equal opportunity and second chances

Better Together will host a Second Chances Job Fair, in partnership with Next Level Church, at the Fort Myers Dream Center on Thursday, August 29thfrom 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will encourage equal employment opportunities for job seekers with a criminal record.

The job fair will feature over 30 local employers, numerous non-profit agencies offering their services, free haircuts, interview clothing, hygiene items, legal services, and more.

The event is made possible through a city-wide collaboration of sponsoring agencies, which include Better Together, Next Level Church, Career Source of Southwest, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Lee County Homeless Coalition, City Gate Ministries, Legal Aid Society, the Department of Corrections, Mt. Hermon Ministries, Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Summit Church, Community Cooperative, Mission Community Church, TCG property management, Fort Myers Christian Church, Valerie’s House, First Assembly Cornerstone and Source of Hope and Light.

“This event gives our community an opportunity for a Fresh Start by creating a culture of celebration that is welcoming and inviting regardless of your background. This collaboration of faith and non-profit partners is a beautiful example of the power of collective impact, together we’ll give hundreds of people in our community an opportunity to find meaningful and dignifying work. We’ll have the opportunity to help our clientele prepare, interview, and for some get employment on the spot. Together, we’ll reach individuals that would otherwise be overlooked if this opportunity wasn’t available at sites like the Next Level Dream Center. This is a hand up, not a handout.” – Megan Rose, CEO Better Together

“Next Level Church and the Fort Myers Dream Center are excited to partner with Better Together and over a dozen other non-profit and faith partners to host a Second Chances Job Fair. The event is not only an opportunity to help returning citizens achieve economic independence but restore their dignity. We’re excited to play a part in helping our community grow and improve the quality of life for so many families in Southwest, Florida.” Jared Rendon, Director of the Fort Myers Dream Center

Employers attending include: Flawless Finish Painting, Jimmy Johns, Wendy’s, Suncoast Trucking, Atlantic Paving, People Ready, Dunkin Donuts, Rams, Waffle House, DBI Services, Orkin, Brooks and Freund, Crystal Clean, APEX, Crowther Roofing, CFS Roofing, Job Corps, US Army Reserves, Express Employment Professional, Waste Pro, American Builders Supply, Quality Life Center, City of Fort Myers FL Masonry Apprentice & Education Foundation, Publix, Cape Coral Plumbing Inc, US Water Corporation, Preferred Materials Inc, Southwest Disposal and Clean up, Goodwill Industries , Envoy, David Allen Capital and more.

“A Job helps provide dignity and purpose for people looking to re-integrate into the community, said Neil Volz, Deputy Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. “Helping people get a job is not only good for that employer or employee, it is good for our community.”

Volunteers and representatives from local churches and non-profits will be on site to connect job seekers with the right opportunities and services. Special Thanks to Brooks and Freund, for being a corporate sponsor and also an employer partner for this event.

For more information, visit For media inquiries, please contact Megan Rose with Better Together at (239) 207-4901 or