​Better Together and Grace Church are partnering to host a Second Chance Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for Southwest Florida residents facing barriers to employment.

Better Together’s Second Chance job fairs help job seekers overcome barriers to employment, such as incarceration, homelessness and even lack of transportation, by opening the door to background-friendly employers. Participating employers include Chicken Salad Chick, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Hands On Staffing, Jimmy John’s, The Salvation Army, Secure Staffing and Spherion Staffing.

The church-based job fair not only connects job seekers with local employers who offer on-the-spot job opportunities, but also provides resources to facilitate stronger connections and more hires. Free one-on-one job coaching sessions also available to job seekers to review resumes and interviewing skills, and additional services, such as free haircuts and clothing, will be available onsite.

The community job fair is part of Better Together’s “Better Jobs” program, which has helped 36,000 applicants connect with employment opportunities across 26 states. At job fairs hosted by Better Together, two-thirds of attendees get a job interview, and nearly half receive a job offer on the spot.

“The livelihoods of workers across Southwest Florida have been impacted by Hurricane Ian, and finding new jobs can be especially challenging for people already facing barriers to employment,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “This is not your typical job fair. Job seekers can come as they are, no suits required. Encouraging volunteers can help with resumes. We know the challenges that many face when they are seeking employment and are ready with solutions.”

The Nov. 15 job fair will take place at Grace Church’s Fort Myers Central Campus, located at 2415 Grand Ave. in Fort Myers. Job seekers and employers can register at BetterTogetherUS.org/Events/FtMyers-JF.

Churches interested in hosting a Better Together job fair can visit BetterTogetherUS.org for more information.

ABOUT BETTER TOGETHER

Better Together is a nonprofit organization that helps parents going through a hard time keep their kids out of foster care, find work and address the root causes of their struggle so that they can reunite as a family with the tools and support system to thrive. A privately funded and professionally supported organization, Better Together is made up of volunteers who believe helping people help themselves is the best way to restore dignity and bring families together. Through the Better Families program, families are offered a preventive alternative to foster care while they get the help they need. To date, the program has kept 98% of children served out of foster care. The Better Jobs program was created to address the 76% of families that come to Better Together because of economic hardship tied to unemployment. In addition to community job fairs, the program offers job seekers coaching, guidance, support and encouragement through local church partners. For more information, visit BetterTogetherUS.org.