For its second consecutive year, Better Together is breaking down employment barriers with its Nationwide Day of Second Chances held on Thursday, April 29.

Every year, more than 650,000 Americans are released from prison and faced with challenges for re-entering the workforce. Better Together created a Day of Second Chances to help people overcome barriers to employment, such as incarceration, by bringing churches, volunteers, businesses and nonprofits together to host job fairs across America.

“Better Together is a firm believer in second chances and showing grace to anyone seeking economic stability for a better, purpose-driven life,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “In the wake of Covid-19, struggling Americans need work more than ever. Our team is committed to finding solutions and restoring hope for the second annual Nationwide Day of Second Chances.”

Hosted by church partners and job coaches nationwide, the Second Chance Job Fair will feature employers around the country who are prepared to interview job seekers. The Nationwide Day of Second Chances will be hosted in-person on Thursday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participating church locations include:

  • Bonita Springs, FL – Turning Point Church, 3405 Pelican Landing Parkway
  • Lehigh Acres, FL – Rise Christian Church, 50 Bell Blvd. N.
  • Petersburg, FL – BridgePoint Church, 6690 Crosswinds Drive N.
  • South Bend, IN – The Beacon Gym, 4210 Lincoln Way W.
  • Waterville, ME – Centerpoint Community Church, 155 W. River Road
  • Dayton, OH – Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 5561 Hoover Ave.

Additionally, Better Together and church partners will offer free workshops as well as one-on-one job mentoring sessions. Trained volunteer coaches will review resumes and public speaking skills in preparation for job interviews.

To date, Better Together has helped more than 32,000 job seekers connect with employment opportunities through church-based job fairs across 20 states. As a result, two-thirds of job fair attendees get a job interview, and one out of four receive a job offer on the spot.

The Nationwide Day of Second Chances job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29. To find an in-person event near you and register online, visit BetterTogetherUS.org/Events.

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 96% 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.