Martinsville Bulletin: A Second Chance: Re-Entry Fair offers help to local residents

April 26, 2017

MARTINSVILLE – The rain Tuesday morning didn't dampen the spirits of those looking for a brighter future.

A joint effort by the West Piedmont Re-Entry Journey (WPRJ) and the Martinsville, Henry and Patrick County Re-Entry Council, employers and various resources throughout the community came together and opened the doors of their facilities to those who are used to having doors shut.

Designed specifically for individuals who had a criminal background with misdemeanors or felonies on their record, 16 employers and 25 agencies offered a second chance to those convicted of crimes, no matter how recent or long ago the charges occurred.

 Mandy Folman, Re-Entry Coordinator for STEP, Inc. and co-chair of the WPRJ, said the show of individuals who came looking for a new life, despite the weather, spoke to their resilience.

“To me it says they really want a job,” Folman said. “They’re dedicated, persistent. They really want to work.”

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