In April, Alachua County Library District and Partnership for Strong Families collaborated with community partners to assist individuals with criminal backgrounds and other barriers to re-enter the workforce, enroll in educational programs and explore entrepreneurship opportunities. The Re-Entry Conference at Library Partnership April 10-13, helped individuals prepare for the Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair at Headquarters Library on April 24. The Library District, Partnership for Strong Families/Library Partnership, CareerSource of North Central Florida, Florida Department of Corrections and Gainesville Housing Authority joined together to coordinate and provide workshops, supplemental preparation, valuable resources and job opportunities.
Many participants who attended the Re-Entry workshops came to Re-Entry Resource and Job Fair well prepared with professional clothing and resumes, and were motivated to find employment. More than 100 job seekers were able to meet with local employers and agencies during the first Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair. Several participants reported receiving interviews with Tacachale Center, North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center and Wong Financial. Others reported receiving appointments with resource agencies such as Santa Fe College’s Construction Program. One participant, returned to Headquarters Library to thank library staff for coaching him through a mock interview and helping him land a job at KeKe’s Breakfast Café. Another participant reported being hired by a local auto repair shop as an assistant manager and said the conference was helpful.
The Library District and Partnership for Strong Families will continue to work with community partners to provide opportunities for job seekers to address employment related barriers and plan to make these annual community events.
For more information and for individual assistance contact committee members: Alachua County Library District librarian Linda Cue at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 334-3939 or Library Partnership Resource Center Manager Cherie Kelly at email@example.com or (352) 334-0161.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).