Church Hosting Job Fair For People Who've Been In Prison

Alan Scaia
September 13, 2018 - 12:43 pm
Church Job Fair

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A church in Fort Worth hosted a job fair for people who have spent time in prison Thursday.

Great Commission Baptist Church started the fair several years ago.

"My original goal was to have people that have felony convictions come, deal with companies and get them pointed in the right direction to get them employment," says Victor Kirkpatrick, the president of the church's prison ministry.

Kirkpatrick says the goal of the fair was to help convicted felons find another way to find fulfillment and make a living. That would then make them less likely to reoffend.

"We want to show our community and the people of Fort Worth that scripture teaches us not to be judgmental," he says. "At one point in our lives, we've all made mistakes."

The church says more than 50 companies now attend, along with hundreds of people. The church no longer restricts the fair to people who have been convicted of a felony. Now, anyone who wants help finding a job can attend.

In addition to matching people with a potential employer, the church says it also can coach people who have never held a job. In one classroom, an instructor was showing people how to write a cover letter and resume.

"We have a guy who teaches you the 'dos and don'ts' of social media," Kirkpatrick says. "When you apply for a job, some of these companies will pull up your facebook page and look at it."