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Job fair aimed at people with criminal records held in Norfolk

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Posted at 8:12 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 12:27:03-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Finding a job isn’t always easy and it can be nearly impossible when you have a criminal record. A job fair in Norfolk helped knock down some of those barriers on Friday.

The fair was held was held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Norfolk Workforce Development Center and was organized by the U.S. Probation Office and the Hampton Roads Re-Entry Employment Committee. Nearly 30 businesses and agencies were on hand to help.

Organizers tell News 3 hundreds showed up to the fair, which targets people recently released from jail and other criminal records.

Having a job is key, organizers said, to successful re-entry into society.

“It’s just exciting to have employers who are willing to come to a job fair with no stigma attached for the attendees that know they have a conviction in their background,” said Jason Ewers, Co-Chair of the Hampton Roads Re-Entry Employment Committee.

There is another job fair set for September 12 in Newport News. It’ll be held at Gethsemane Baptist Church on Roanoke Avenue from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Those without criminal records can also attend the fair.