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Posted on: April 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] County hosts job and resource fair for individuals needing support reentering society

Employment, legal, health, and housing resources and assistance offered

LARGO, MD – The Prince George’s County Health Department’s Bridge Center at Adam’s House joined the County State’s Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Employ Prince George’s, County Council, the City of Glenarden, community-based organizations, and local, state and federal agencies to host a National Second Chance Awareness Month Job and Resource Fair on Wednesday, April 20.

Each April, National Second Chance Awareness Month reaffirms the importance of helping formerly incarcerated people, returning veterans, and youth 18 to 24 years old overcome adversity and transition into society successfully.

The fair at the Glenarden Community Center in Glenarden featured more than 50 local and regional employers and community organizations providing residents job training, educational opportunities, clinical and behavioral health services and resources, transitional housing and legal assistance, and other areas of need. 

 “The Health Department is grateful our government partners, community-based organizations, and local companies came together to give residents who may face employment, health, housing, legal, and other challenges the opportunities and resources to get a second chance at life,” said Prince George’s County Health Officer Dr. Ernest Carter. “Having a steady job with stable housing and a strong support system improves overall health and wellbeing, and we are so proud to help residents get started on a better path.” 

 U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy, County Council Chair Calvin Hawkins and Bridge Center Director Ron Garrett and other sponsors gave opening remarks at the fair underscoring the importance of providing reentry resources. 

 “It can be very difficult for someone to live a healthy, happy, and stable life after being incarcerated, returning from military services, recovering from or dealing with substance abuse, or being a young adult with few support systems,” said Garrett. “We are here to help residents facing a variety of obstacles get back on their feet and contribute to society, which promote healthier living and decision making.” 

 Visit the Bridge Center at Adam’s House website or call 301-817-1900 for more information about reentry services and upcoming events.

 

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