Jan. 9, 2020

Better Together: Nationwide Day of Second Chances

by Charles Douglas Owens, II (author's profile)


Better Together

Nationwide Day
of Second Chances
April 30, 2020

1 Day | Hundreds of job fairs | 50,000 returning citizens connected with job opportunities

Each year 650,000 Americans are released from prison - over 10,000 people a week. These are single moms, fathers, teenagers, veterans, and recovering addicts.

With no job prospects, two-thirds of these people will lose hope and return to prison.

>Surging prison populations cost taxpayers $182 billion/year
>For men, serving time reduces hourly wages by 11%, annual earnings by 40%
>By age 48, the typical inmate will have earned $179,000 less than if they had never been incarcerated

Everyone has a gift they can use to make society better, if given a chance.

The "Nationwide Day of Second Chances" will hold hundreds of simultaneous job fairs nationwide in urban areas with historically high rates of incarceration and unemployment.

In a single day, our network of church volunteers, local businesses, and nonprofits will band together to connect thousands of returning citizens with job opportunities.

These are not traditional job fairs. We train and support churches nationwide to help neighbors find work in a setting of compassion, grace, and celebration.

17,000+ job seekers served nationwide since 2016
1 in 3 attendees hired on the spot
100% interview rate (exceeding the number of attendees at each event)

レ Equal opportunity events
レ Volunteer job coaches
レ Culture of celebration
レ On-the-spot hiring
レ Civil society in action

Job Seeker Demographics:
66% unemployed | 43% under age 25 | 51% male, 49% female

> Reduce recidivism
> Help families and communities recover from the costs of incarceration
> Restore dignity to returning citizens
> Unleash people's potential through work and opportunity
> Provide community-driven solutions to society-wide problems

Join US

Contact Leah Hughey
Executive Director, Better WOrk

Better Together | 15275 Collier Blvd | Suite 201-279 | Naples, FL 34119 | info@bettertogetherus.org | 850.320.7949


"Better Together Announces Nationwide Day of Second Chances"
Churches, local business, and non-profits across the country will band together on a single day to connect thousands of citizens returning from prison with job oppportunities

Naples, Florida - Better Together, a nonprofit service organization, is launching a nationwide effort to recruit and train hundreds of churches to hold simultaneous "Second Chance Job Fairs" across the country.

The first ever Nationwide Day of Second Chances will take place the last week of April 2020, and is expected to connect over 50,000 citizens returning from prison with life changing job opportunities.

"Everyone has a gift they can use to make society better, if given the chance," says Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. "We are calling on all churches and communities to get involved in helping our neighbors find work, restore their dignity, and keep families together."

Better Together has hosted more than 80 job fairs to date, helping people find work in a setting of compassion and celebration. At each event, the job interview rate exceeds 100 percent and one in three people get hired on-the-spot.

Churches participating in the nationwide event will attend two days of training in January 2020, either in person or over a live simulcast, followed by ongoing support, guidance, and coaching from Better Together in preparation for the big day.

Better Together warmly invites church partners in any city to join the movement and connect with other churches in a demonstration of unity, mercy, and celebration.

Churches or community partners interested in participating–along with companies looking to sponsor or participate in hiring at the job fairs–can learn more at www.BetterTogetherUS.org/SecondChances.

For media inquiries, please contact the Better Together team at media@bettertogetherus.org.


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