The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its first Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair on March 28, 2018
Three individuals who were recently released from prison were hired on-the-spot at Hollywood WorkSource Center’s first Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

A dozen employers across several industries were in attendance to recruit security officers, warehouse workers, couriers, construction workers, customer service representatives and case managers. Each employer had hiring policies that are inclusive of individuals recently released from incarceration, probationers and parolees and interviewed them on the spot.

The event also included booths from resource agencies Volunteers of America, Ella’s Foundation and Downtown Women’s Center to promote opportunities in education, housing, counseling and other programs. More than 65 re-entry workers attended.

One man who was offered a job had been unable to secure an interview since his release, actively searching for work over 18 months, and had grown weary from rejections to his applications.

He said he had become desperate and depressed because he wanted to provide for his wife and seven children.

Then he met a recruiter from Scoobeez Delivery Services, who listened to his story and discovered that the job seeker’s hardships had molded him into a person that would be a welcome addition to the company.

The man interviewed for a position, passed an on-site drug test and accepted a full-time courier position.

The Hollywood WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions plans to conduct future events for the re-entry population and turn the job fair into an annual event.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 4/2/2018. Read this issue and more.