Wichita job fair focuses on former prisoners

Wichita area residents attend a job fair at St. Mark United Methodist Church Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (Photo: KSN/Dylan Dietz)
Wichita area residents attend a job fair at St. Mark United Methodist Church Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (Photo: KSN/Dylan Dietz)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Some people who have trouble finding work were the focus of a special job fair in Wichita on Thursday.

The event at St. Mark United Methodist Church was open to anyone, but the church’s prison ministry specifically wanted to reach out to former prisoners who often get turned away by employers.

“What we want people to do is look at people as human beings, realize we all make mistakes, and give us a second, third, fourth and fifth chance,” said David Wilkinson, a member of the church’s prison ministry.  “That’s what we look for.”

The job fair not only featured companies looking for workers, but also offered workshops on writing a resume and interviewing.