Hundreds of people lined up Tuesday afternoon to explore new opportunities.
The job fair held at the Life Empowerment Center in Greenville was catered to those formerly behind bars.
Shaqualya Williams of Greene County said she has faced several obstacles as a convicted felon, including finding work, housing, healthcare, and transportation.
“North Carolina, I love it, and I thought about moving because it has been hard for me to find not that I can’t find employment, but the type of employment I would prefer to do,” said Williams. I thought about relocating, but since my roots are so deep here, I don’t have a lot of support anywhere else.”
Governor Roy Cooper said there are thousands of people just like Williams across our state.
Thanks to efforts like Tuesday’s job fair, featuring more than 40 employers, Williams said she is one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a clerk of court in Greene County.
“I can overcome all of these struggles and right my wrongs, and allow people like myself to get another chance,” said Williams.
A public resource and job fair for formerly incarcerated people, featuring 24 employers and resource providers, will be held Tuesday in Greenville.
The 2019 Pitt County Reentry Resource & Job Fair is free and open to anyone who was formerly incarcerated or involved in the criminal justice system.
Representatives from 24 different local businesses and non-profit groups will be offering job applications and interviews, and resources to help former inmates.
The Resource and Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Life Empowerment Center, located at 600 West 3rd Street in Greenville.
For more information on the event and the organizations involved, call the Life Empowerment Center at 252-752-9774