Community Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC, the church) has announced its plans to hold its 2nd Chance Job & Resource Fair (the Fair) annually partnering with an array of local businesses and resource providers from the Dallas southern sector and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, their aim is to reduce recidivism rates and offer redemption for those bound by past mistakes.
The Pastor, Oscar D. Epps, believes that criminal convictions limit returning citizens' employment options. In speaking of the genesis for the event, he said, “It's harder to pay taxes, further their education, feed and house their families, and function as law-abiding citizens. In fact, legal restrictions on employment end up costing the United States economy $65 billion in economic output.” This event seeks to partner with ‘background-friendly’ employers who understand that a person’s past doesn’t determine their future.
Held at the church’s Desoto, TX campus, participants will have an opportunity to complete online applications, update resumes, and work with volunteers to set up or enhance their online professional presence. Additionally, there will be scholarships, job training opportunities, and mock interview sessions available to attendees.
The church is also excited to announce that the Dallas County District Attorney’s office will have a representative onsite to talk about how the record expungement process works and citizen voter rights after release. Participants will be able to browse the “Success Store” for new and gently used interview attire available for men and women, free of charge. The event is not just focused on getting a job; it’s about restoring the whole person and ensuring that anyone who takes advantage of this opportunity leaves fully equipped to change the trajectory of generations to come.
"It's very important that people are given another opportunity. Sometimes that's all someone needs—another chance, another opportunity, especially when they have fallen in life. 2nd Chance provides an opportunity to help someone get up, get established on their feet, and be able to move forward and be productive again in society, rather than paying their debt and having to continue to pay”, Pastor Epps.
About CMBC: With campuses in Desoto and Cedar Hill, TX, the mission of Community is to educate and equip believers to win souls for Christ through teaching, witnessing and serving. Their motto, “Where God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things”.