Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Second Chance Job Fair Hopes to Help Convicted Criminals, Unemployed People Reintegrate into Labor Force

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 4:15 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA
  • Courtesy of the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona

For those having a tough time reintegrating into the labor force—for instance, after doing jail or prison time—the city is hosting a "second chance" job fair tomorrow. Keep in mind, though, anyone who might benefit can also attend—not just people with a prior criminal conviction.

The fair on Aug. 19 at the Tucson Convention Center's Apache Ballroom, is bringing together several local employers—such as Goodwill Southern Arizona, Jim Click and others (totaling more than 40)—to give people tips on how to overcome issues faced on their "reentry efforts," according to City Councilman Steve Kozachik's weekly newsletter. 

"This is an issue of concern to the entire community. We talk about homelessness, unemployment, recidivism, and how all of that impacts Tucson," Kozachik says in the newsletter.

The Community Partnership of Southern Arizona—which provides employment opportunities "for those overcoming a difficult past and establishing a prosperous future"—and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild are among those leading the efforts.

The job fair is happening from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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