Job fair emphasizes giving people a second chance as employers struggle to find workers

Job fair emphasizes giving people a second chance as employers struggle to find workers (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Many companies across the country are finding it difficult to hire workers, due in part to a booming economy and people who can't pass a drug test.

FOX 45 News went to a job fair in Dayton, where officials were emphasizing removing obstacles and giving people a second chance to try and overcome those challenges.

"This is my first time because I came from Good Sam," Darryl Dismuke said.

Dismuke worked at the hospital 20 years before it shut down last month.

"Since they closed, I thought it was time to do something different than what I had been doing," he said.

A total of 14 employers were at the job fair, including Payless in Brookville.

"We are a good company, we take care of our employees," Payless Human Resource Team Member Marcia Woodall said.

The distribution center is hiring about 150 people.

"We're finding qualified candidates, we're running into them not being able to pass a background check or a drug screen," she said.

Economy Linen is looking to hire 25 people.

"We are all about second chances for people, so no matter your walk of life or what you've been through we are welcoming you, because we are more than happy to help them move forward in life as far as having a job," Economy Linen Production Worker Eva Grooms said.

The latest numbers from the state of Ohio show the area had more than 15,500 job openings this summer.

Caresource Job Connect sponsored the job fair to help people work through barriers so they can get and keep a job.

"Part of that is connecting them with community resources, we can assist with food insecurity, with health issues, issues of that sort," Caresource job fair organizer A.J. Kessler said.

Friday, the FoodBank provided produce and the Montgomery County health department provided check ups. More organization were there to help people stand on their feet, including Families of Addicts.

"I just guide and direct them to our meeting or I got them to some type of resources that they can get directed to rehab," Families of Addicts volunteer Joshua Lewis said.

He said with the opioid crisis, it was more important than ever for them to be there.

"We need more voices out there in the community not only to break the stigma, but also to set the example that we do recover," said Lewis.

According to National Public Radio, a company in Richmond Indiana is now offering drug treatment, paid by the company, to applicants who fail the drug test. Those who complete treatment are promised a job.

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