'Fair Chance Job Fair' hopes to eliminate employment barriers for felons
LUBBOCK, Texas -
A job fair focusing on workers with a criminal record is intended as a second chance, a chance to rewrite a story.
"If we can impact the life of just one individual by way of gainful employment, by way of a holistic approach to life than we know that, that ripple effect goes out throughout our entire community," said George Love, committee member of the Fair Chance Campaign. "We are here to make sure that we make individual connections of need to resources so that life can be lived out more completely."
Gainful employment, is part of many probation or parole agreements, but that can be tough when the job opportunities for offenders are few and far between.
Michael McBride, who attended the job fair was incarcerated for three years for possession of a controlled substance, he was released a month in a half ago. He said the hardest part of getting a job after prison is the job application process.
"Everything goes OK until you get to that felony conviction part," said McBride. "My crime was a crime against me. I wasn't intentionally trying to hurt anybody else."
McBride said walking into the job fair gives him a sense of reassurance to see so many businesses willing to give him and many others a shot to better their lives. He said instead of focusing on his past mistakes he can concentrate in building a positive future for him and his family.