CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video features previous coverage of Reentry Week.
As a part of Reentry Week 2022, Cuyahoga County is hosting a job and resource fair to help give those with criminal records a second chance in the workplace.
The free event will occur on Thursday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Hough Center, located at 6000 Hough Avenue in Cleveland.
“The ‘Reentry Week 2022’ Job and Resource Fair will bring together employers looking to hire, job training programs that can get you the skills to start a career, and resources to support you reaching long term employment,” said Devon Hickman, site director of the Cleveland office of The Center for Employment Opportunities.
During the job and resource fair, attendees will learn about currently open jobs and career training opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Some of the organizations present at the job and resource fair include the following:
- Young Adult Resource Center
- MPW Industrial Services
- Greater Cleveland Food Bank
- ASPIRE Greater Cleveland
- Ohio Guidestone Workforce 360
- UHCAN Ohio
- Evergreen Cooperative Laundry
- EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant
The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry wants to help provide opportunities for individuals as they return to society.
“The statistics show that second chance hiring is highly instrumental in sustaining an individual’s return to society after incarceration,” said Simeon L. Best, the Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry Best. “Through this job fair, individuals will be able to provide for themselves and their families, thus reducing recidivism and creating safer communities.”
Across Ohio, Reentry Week 2022 is celebrated from April 23 until April 30.
Throughout the whole week, Cuyahoga County will host many events. The schedule for the week’s activities can be found here.