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At Freeman Coliseum job honest, ex-offenders find a second chance to build a new future

It could be arduous for individuals to find employment after they have been locked up. This San Antonio initiative is trying to assist.

SAN ANTONIO — A crowd of San Antonians confirmed up at Freeman Coliseum Thursday afternoon in search of hope. Many of them discovered it.

Attendees who stopped by the advanced’s Second Chance Job Fair, which particularly seeks to assist join these with prison backgrounds to employment alternatives, referred to as it a gamechanger, and a means for individuals who made errors of their previous to begin constructing a future. 

“It’s a great day when we have a second chance for people who need help, need support,” honest organizers stated. “We are so happy to be here today to give these people another chance.” 

From the outset, Second Chance Job Fair supplied hope to those that had little. 

“(It’s) like you’ve got this ‘X’ on your back; you’re an ex-offender,” stated Frank Hernandez, a honest attendee, including it is troublesome for most individuals to transition into common every day life after being locked up. “You’re never going to be nothing or amount to anything, but I’m here to tell you that’s a life from the pit of hell.”

For the employers, it is a possibility to hire individuals they’ll belief. 

“What we’ve learned through hiring this population is they have a higher retention rate… (and) they are more productive and efficient than a lot of our other candidates that we hire from normal recruiting means,” stated Leslie Cantu, assistant vp of administration at Toyotetsu Texas, which manufactures automobile elements. 

Cantu stated the company has been concerned in this system for years and considers it a massive success.

“For us it makes good business sense to hire a population that’s very hard working, loyal, dedicated and looking to maintain a long-term career with our company,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Mike Gorman of Glazer’s Beer and Beverage stated it took simply a little over an hour to determine “six strong candidates we’re looking forward on making an offer to.”

The occasion ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, however these searching for assist can nonetheless get it by contacting the Bexar County Reentry Program.

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