Cuyahoga County hosts job fair for former incarcerated

CLEVELAND — During “Back to School Week 2022,” the Cuyahoga County Back to School Office is hosting a career and resource fair to help people with criminal records find jobs and a fresh start.

“Statistics show that second-chance hiring is very important in supporting an individual’s return to society after incarceration,” said Simeon L. Best, Cuyahoga County Rehabilitation Office Director. “Through this job fair, individuals will be able to support themselves and their families, reducing recidivism and creating safer communities.”

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hough Center (Old Salvation Army) located at 6000 Hough Avenue in Cleveland on Thursday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participating organizations include the Young Adult Resource Center, MPW Industrial Services, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, ASPIRE Greater Cleveland, Ohio Guidestone Workforce 360, UHCAN Ohio, Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, and EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant, among others.

“The ‘Reentry Week 2022’ job and resource fair will bring together employers looking to hire, job training programs that can equip you with the skills you need to start a career, and resources to help you reach long-term employment,” said Devon Hickman, Managing Director. Officer of the Job Opportunity Center.

The Career and Resource Fair is in addition to other events taking place during “Re-Entry Week 2022”. Other events include a food truck and small business food show on Wednesday, April 27 and a program on the criminal justice movement on Saturday, April 30.

Click on here for the full list of events.

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