Job fair aims to help ex-offenders and high school dropouts

Job fair aims to help ex-offenders and high school dropouts

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Everything was free Saturday at Faith Tabernacle of Praise; the food and the advice. It was called a mini job development fair, and it is a big deal for the Biloxi church and the people it hopes to help.

The men's group of the church, which calls itself Save the Seed, wanted to reach those who have arguably the hardest time finding jobs; ex-offenders and high school dropouts ages 16 to 30.

"There is a high recidivism rate, and many of those who go back is because they can't find jobs," said the Rev. James Black. "We can open up the doors of opportunity for them to find jobs."

Participants registered into the church's database were helped with filling out job applications and resumes and given a warm meal with some heart-to-heart conversation.

It's a big opportunity for Carl Musgrove, who was incarcerated for 15 years. He has been a hair stylist since 1979 and wants to get back into the system to make himself useful to society. His goal is to get re-licensed.

"I know for a fact that, depending on if you don't have people in your corner, an outreach program from the prison system, like the churches, it can be very difficult for a lot of people," Musgrove said. "God is in the mix all the time, and I feel like now he's going to prepare me into the future 10 times where I was before."

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