By Andrew Zimmerman, Multimedia Journalist - email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A job fair taking place on Thursday is aimed at giving people with a criminal background a fresh start.
"We're not all the same people we were at 18, luckily, and all of us deserve a second chance," said Greg Winship, Aim4Peace senior administrative assistant and volunteer coordinator.
A second chance is exactly with Winship is trying to provide Thursday with a job fair. But he said that finding companies willing to hire someone with a criminal past isn't easy.
"That's always a challenge. A lot of companies back out sometimes when they hear that many of the people that may be here may have a past. May be ex-felons. May be recently released from prison," he said.
That won't be the case at Thursday's job fair, though. The gym at Brush Creek Community Center will be full with over 20 businesses looking to fill over 150 jobs.
"This job fair, this opportunity for them to meet companies that are willing to look at them, not for what they've done, but for who they are, for what they can be," Winship said.
He said the prospect of a job can really boost someone's confidence.
"You can see the change in the mindset saying, 'Hey, maybe I really can get a job. Maybe I don't have to do something out on the streets,'" he said.
Winship said he's seen firsthand how getting a job can create a fresh start for people with a criminal past.
"They have moved on from where they were and have started over. It's a new beginning for them," he said.
The job fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brush Creek Community Center, located at 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. in Kansas City, MO.
Those who run the job fair recommend that people come dressed professionally with plenty of resumes. They also said to not worry if a person doesn't have a resume because there will be companies on hand to help create them.
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