Mayor Michael A. Nutter kicked-off the 2011 Philadelphia Citywide Career Fair today, bringing together the largest gathering of resources aiding in the employment and re-entry of ex-offenders and homeless individuals in the city’s history.
The Citywide Career Fair is sponsored by Resources for Human Development (RHD), a national nonprofit with headquarters in Philadelphia that has long been a leader in providing job training to marginalized and vulnerable populations. The Citywide Career Fair will bring together resources for employment, housing, clothing, and education, from 10am-3pm at the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building, making this the largest single provider of resources for under-served populations seeking employment, independence and re-entry into society.
“Providing ex-offenders with opportunities to re-enter the workforce is absolutely necessary to combat recidivism,” Mayor Nutter said. “I would like to thank RHD for sponsoring this job fair and helping job seekers reach their career goals. Working for the re-integration of people who did their time and now want to move forward could not be more important for the city, for the state and for the nation. The public sector and the private sector can do something in a coordinated way to help people re-integrate and not get caught up in the circumstances that get them back in trouble. The best anti-crime tool we have, is a job.”
More than 50 employers dedicated to providing opportunities to ex-offenders and homeless individuals will attend the Citywide Career Fair. See a full list of employers, supportive services and providers here.
“We are seeking participants who have the determination to confront barriers and execute a plan to overcome them,’’ said Jennifer Arthur-Lewis, RHD Corporate Assistant manager. “The Citywide Career Fair is available for people with an inner drive to change their life situations and create a new, successful reality. We want to develop employment resources that will promote and build better lives for our participants and their communities and make sure people get the second chance they dearly need.”
The Citywide Career Fair was inspired by a job fair for homeless and ex-offenders at RHD in November. Mayor Nutter was on hand to address an overflow crowd, and the success of that day began the effort to expand the event to include even more employers and a greater array of resources.
About Resources for Human Development
Resources for Human Development is a comprehensive human services organization based in Philadelphia, Pa. Its mission is to empower the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society as they build the highest level of independence possible. RHD oversees and supports more than 160 locally managed programs in 13 states. These innovative and effective programs specialize in helping people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities, homeless individuals and families, people rejoining society after incarceration, and people with histories of substance abuse so that they may all build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.