September 15th, 2011 – County holds 2nd job fair for female & male inmates
People Between Jobs Ministry participated in Inmate In custody Job Fair with Ventura County Sheriffs Department on Todd Road for both the Womens & Mens Inmate Custody center. With assistance by Pastor Greg Runyon (Gold Coast Fellowship 831 W. Seventh Street, Oxnard, CA. 93030) and Dan Breakman volunteer,(People Between Jobs Ministry – Shepherd of the Hills, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA. 91326)
Todd Road Jail inmates get direction, leads at job fair September 15th, 2011 at Todd Correctional facility
- By Anne Kallas
- Ventura County Star
- Posted September 15, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
Gerardo Aguilar of Oxnard talks with Jesus Ortiz of El Pescador restaurant in Fillmore about job possibilities after his release from custody. Several local business representatives offered encouragement and advice to inmates during a job fair at the Todd Road Jail near Santa Paula on Thursday.
Area employers offered inmates career advice and leads on possible jobs Thursday at a job fair at the Todd Road Jail near Santa Paula.
Marie Snyder said she started evaluating her life after landing in the Sheriff’s Department jail. “When I was out there I was living in the river bottom doing drugs. After I got sober I thought, ‘What the hell was I doing?’ ” Snyder, 27, said.
The Todd Road Jail houses about 650 men and women who are awaiting trial or have been sentenced. Capt. Jerry Hernandez, facility manager, said the job fair is part of a comprehensive program to help inmates break the cycle of incarceration.
“We have a very specific program that provides each inmate with a variety of different classes and services to get ready for their eventual release,” he said. The jail introduced a pilot program this year to help inmates integrate back into the community. “We found out that many inmates needed housing, jobs and transportation, and we’ve made the connection with the range of available services in existence to help them.”
Companies at Thursday’s job fair included Target, Green Thumb Nursery, D-lux Detailing, Tony’s Body Shop, El Pescador restaurant and Hughes General Engineering.
Jeff Hughes of Oxnard, head of Hughes General Engineering, agreed to participate in the job fair as a way to give back. “I came out because this is a chance to be able to give back to people,” he said. “I was given an opportunity in my life, and I feel very strongly about offering someone else an opportunity.”
Steven Chaveste, 31, of Fillmore said he hopes for a fresh start.
“I had a drug problem. I had been sober two months before going to jail, and now I’ve been sober three months. My drug problem was holding me back,” he said. “I want to focus on my three children — three boys.”
Rosa Ramirez of the jail’s inmate services unit coordinated the job fair. Substance abuse is at the heart of many inmates’ problems, she said, so the job fairs also include representatives from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
“It’s important. If you don’t have recovery, you’re not going to be able to have the other things in place,” Ramirez said.
The job fair also included representatives from the Social Security Administration and county social services. “We want to connect inmates to those services so that when they get out they are one step ahead,” Ramirez said.
The inmates who were selected to participate have no history of disciplinary problems and have completed classes in resume writing and job interviewing, Hernandez said.
Juliana Mosqueda, 20, of Santa Paula, hopes to start a new life after jail. “I see the difference in myself. In jail I’m a better person,” she said. “I need to change my bad ways and stay focused. This has been a reality check. I miss my family. I need to stay away from the bad things and be a better person.”
August 26, 2010 – County holds first job fair for female inmates
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