Better Together seeks church partners for Nationwide Day of Second Chances

For its fifth consecutive year, Better Together is breaking down employment barriers by hosting a series of background-friendly job fairs on April 20, 2023, as part of its Nationwide Day of Second Chances. In advance of the annual event, the nonprofit is seeking church partners across the country to host job fairs in their communities. This is an excellent opportunity for churches to put Christ’s teachings into practice, to strengthen their community and to connect with neighbors.

To support job seekers who are faced with challenges to re-entering the workforce, Better Together’s Nationwide Day of Second Chances brings churches, volunteers, businesses and nonprofits together to host a coordinated job fair day that promotes the power of second chances for neighbors facing barriers to employment. These barriers can include incarceration, homelessness and lack of transportation or child care.

“Our Day of Second Chances aims to help job seekers overcome barriers by providing job coaching and resources to help them succeed in their search for employment,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “The first step is connecting with churches in regions across the country who can host these inspiring in-person hiring events.”

The church-based job fairs not only connect job seekers with local employers who offer on-the-spot job opportunities, but also provide resources to facilitate stronger connections and more hires. Free one-on-one job coaching sessions are made available to job seekers to review resumes and interviewing skills, and additional services, such as free haircuts and clothing, are also encouraged. Nearly all job seekers leave with hope in their hearts as the Better Jobs model encourages celebration of their wins. One way that’s done is through the opportunity bell, which rings whenever anyone gets a job offer or interview.

Nationwide Day of Second Chances is part of Better Together’s “Better Jobs” program, which has helped 34,000 applicants connect with employment opportunities across 21 states. At Better Together job fairs, two-thirds of attendees get a job interview, and nearly half receive a job offer on the spot.

Churches interested in hosting a Better Together job fair for Nationwide Day of Second Chances can visit BetterTogetherUS.org/Better-Jobs for more information.

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 98% 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.

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