Job Seekers Invited to Harford County’s Second Chance Job and Resource Fair September 26

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Harford
County’s Second Chance Job and Resource Fair offers life-changing opportunities
for those who have had past criminal charges or experienced incarceration. This
year’s fair for job-seekers ages 18 and up will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. on Thursday, September 26 at The EPICENTER, 1918 Pulaski Highway,
Edgewood. The fair helps match employers and resources with individuals who are
committed to rebuilding their lives. Attendees should bring a resume and dress
for success.

More than 20 companies will be represented offering a
variety of full and part-time employment opportunities, including custodial,
HVAC, clerical, food service, retail, mechanical and warehousing positions. In
addition, 28 community agencies will be on site to offer resources including
housing, job training, bonding, expungement services and transportation
support.  

This award-winning event was developed by Harford
County government, in partnership with Susquehanna Workforce Network, the
Harford County Sheriff’s Office, the Harford County Health Department, the
Harford County Bar Foundation, Parole and Probation and other local
organizations to strengthen families and give individuals who have made
mistakes a second chance.  Last year, more than 200 participants attended
the inaugural fair, which won a 2019 award for innovation from the National
Association of Counties.

The following organizations will be on hand to offer resources and support.

Expungement Services:

  • The Harford County Bar Foundation will provide free expungement services for up to two charges per individual. Registration is required in advance by visiting harfordcountymd.gov/SecondChance.
  • Maryland Legal Aid will provide free criminal record expungement and legal counseling for civil cases including child custody and child support, housing, public benefits, bankruptcy, and debt collection.

Re-Entry Services:

  • Project SEEK isa Harford County program that offers support, case management, substance abuse prevention, and mental health resources for children who are impacted by parental incarceration.
  • The Harford County Community Mediation Program offers free, voluntary, neutral and confidential mediations to individuals involved in a dispute. Mediation can be used for landlord/tenant issues or family reunification.
  • The United States Attorney’s Office will provide its statewide Re-entry Resource Guide. An online version is available at justice.gov/usao-md

Employment Services and
Bonding:

  • Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) will share information about services available at its workforce centers in Havre de Grace, Bel Air and Elkton.  Services include job searching, interview preparation, resume assistance, occupational training and workshops to assist job seekers.
  • SWN can also help job seekers apply for the Federal Bonding Program, which provides insurance policies for businesses that protect against employee theft or dishonesty. The bonds provide six months of coverage ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, are available at no cost to the job applicant or the employer, and require no paperwork on the part of the employer. To learn more about becoming federally bonded, visit swnetwork.org  or contact Clara Henry, Work Force Center Coordinator at Swan Creek at 410-272-5400.

Job Training, Education and Employment Readiness
Services:

  • Power52 Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation dedicated to training and employing
    at-risk individuals in the clean-energy industry. Power52 Energy Institute, the first clean-energy
    career school approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, offers a
    free 11-week training and certificate program.  There is no cost to
    enroll.
  • Catholic
    Charities, Senior Service America (age 55+) and the EPICENTER
    have additional opportunities for attendees to learn
    about employment readiness, job training and counseling.
  • Harford
    Community College
    will offer
    information and assistance on college enrollment and adult literacy programs.

Housing, Transportation, and Food Assistance:

  • Harford
    County Community Action Agency
    provides housing, food, energy/heating, and budget assistance
    to families experiencing financial hardships.  They will offer:

    • Maryland
      Energy Assistance programs
    • Homeless
      prevention services
  • Community
    food pantry/food bank referrals
  • Financial
    services programs
  • Case
    management
  • Resume
    design and GED Plus enrollment

  • Harford County
    Office of Community and Economic Development
    will offer information on housing vouchers and the first-time home
    buyer program.
  • Harford
    Transit LINK
    will provide bus
    schedules and fare information along with details on the county’s Rideshare,
    Route Shout2.0 app and Guaranteed Ride Home programs.
  • Found in Faith
    Ministries
    provides furniture and
    home goods at no cost to individuals transitioning to stable housing and will
    provide applications for assistance. 

  • The Maryland
    Food Bank
    will be available with
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications.

Additional resources include:

  • Recovery
    Resources –
    New Day Wellness &
    Recovery, STEPS Recovery Resources, Inc., WIN Family Health and Maryland
    Recovery will provide information on peer recovery coaches, case management,
    substance abuse resources, and treatment options.
  • Veterans’
    agencies –
    The Maryland Department of
    Labor and the Maryland Center for Veterans Education & Training will
    provide veteran-specific housing information and employment services.

  • The Harford
    County Health Department
    will print
    free birth certificates for up to 35 jobseekers. Individuals born in Maryland
    that have a valid photo ID are eligible. Acceptable forms of identification are
    a driver license, state-issued photo identification card, or a passport. Birth
    certificates will be printed and issued on site. Also, healthcare providers
    will offer tobacco education and medical assistance through Maryland Health
    Connection.
  • Upper
    Chesapeake Medical Center
    will
    provide information and schedule screenings for breast cancer (ages 40 – 64)
    and cervical cancer (ages 21 – 64) to uninsured and underinsured women who meet
    eligible criteria. 
  • Maryland
    Insurance Administration
    will provide
    guidance on a variety of insurance options.

More information and registration for the Second Chance Job and Resource Fair is available at  harfordcountymd.gov/SecondChance or  by contacting Krit Heim at 410-638-3389 or klheim@harfordcountymd.gov . Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the fair.