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Job fair for ex-offenders – hundreds seeking second chance expected

By Miriam Hodgman

STATEWIDE PRISONER REENTRY COALITION NEWS RELEASE – The Statewide Prisoner Reentry Coalition will host a two-step career resource and job fair for ex-offenders in Reno and Sparks during the month of March. An “Ex-Offender Career Resource Fair” is scheduled for March 5 at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, and the “Job Fair” for ex-offenders will be held March 26 at Baldini’s Sports Casino.

Wednesday’s “Career Resource Fair” on March 5, prepares job seekers for the job fair by providing free assistance with résumés, interview skills and on-site mock job interviews. In addition, a variety of free symposiums will be offered to include application etiquette, dress for success, financial management and job readiness.

The goal of the “Job Fair” on Wednesday, March 26, is to provide job seekers with the opportunity to meet with many local employers from a wide variety of industries.

Ex-offenders face many barriers upon release from incarceration. The purpose of the “Ex-Offender Career Resource and Job Fairs” are to provide ex-offenders with the opportunity to connect with useful re-entry and faith-based organizations, along with other community agencies that will help provide referrals and resources to enhance their employment opportunities.

“With the new and improved structure of our career fair I believe this will be one of Reno’s best events for ex-offenders,” said John Collins, Workforce Development Coordinator of the Ridge House.

Potential employers could become part of the federal bonding program and receive federal tax credits by hiring ex-offenders. The Reentry Coalition is asking for local businesses and organizations to help these ex-offenders by taking part in these events. Even companies that do not have job opening at this time are a vital to this process by sharing information about their company, helping people in our community with their search for employment and fostering a greater sense of community.

The March 5, The”Ex-Offender Career Resource Fair” is at the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, located at 1301 Valley Road, in Reno, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The “Job Fair” is Wednesday, March 26, at Baldini’s Sports Casino, Second Floor (North Entrance), located at 865 South Rock Boulevard, in Sparks, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information call Zarina Holman, 775-322-8941, extension 14.

The Statewide Prisoner Reentry Coalition thanks all of our partners and the community for their continued support.