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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FLOURISHNOW AND FIRST PENTECOSTAL CHURCH TO HOLD JOB FAIR
PHOENIX JOB FAIR TO CONNECT EMPLOYERS WITH UNEMPLOYED AND OUT OF WORK
On Saturday, December 10th, 2016, from 10am – 2pm FlourishNow will host a job fair at the First Pentecostal Church in Phoenix. Part of a broader partnership between FlourishNow and First Pentecostal, the job fair aims to connect those in need of work with local employers who are hiring.
Linda Morris, Outreach Director at First Pentecostal, believes this event will help people who live in the neighborhoods surrounding the church, as well as those in other areas of Phoenix, find meaningful work.
“Through this Job Fair, we hope to see a reduction in the current unemployment rate of more than 8% in our immediate surrounding areas. Further, it is our vision to encourage employers in our community to consider our neighbors, the people living in the communities where their businesses are located. Doing so would reduce the amount of commuting for prospective employees and encourage strong relationships between employers and the communities in which they conduct their businesses. Our ultimate goal is to help create safe and thriving neighborhoods.”
Churches have an opportunity to harness the connections within their own congregations and communities to connect those who are in need of work and looking opportunity with employers looking to fill jobs with hard-working, eager new employees. With more than 2,500 churches in the Phoenix area, partnerships between leaders like Linda Morris and FlourishNow are key to bringing hope and prosperity back to neighborhoods hit hard by poverty.
Andy Myers, City Director of FlourishNow in Phoenix says that this job fair is necessary to help those in need.
“The unemployment rate in Arizona is 7.1%, which translates to 178,000 people out of work. Despite the increase in technology jobs coming to our city, Phoenix among the top 20 large metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and Arizona currently ranks in the bottom 10 U.S. states for percentage of working-age persons actually working. More must be done to help our neighbors get back to work.”
FlourishNow seeks to make an impact on reducing unemployment in Phoenix by partnering with 30 churches and 50 community agencies over the next year to host job fairs and employment workshops throughout the city. Partnerships with local churches like First Pentecostal help bring these services directly into the neighborhood, making it easier for job seekers to access needed training and resources as well as directly connect with employers.
By going into churches in neighborhoods and communities where people actually live, where transportation to job fairs is easy and accessible, and where volunteers and employers can interface directly with job seekers, we see a future where lives are changed, families are strengthened, and dignity is restored through work.
In the Bible, God instructs his followers to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you […] because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” FlourishNow believes that we have the opportunity and responsibility to join with the greater Phoenix community to help those in need find dignity and prosperity through meaningful work.
To attend the job fair on December 10th at First Pentecostal Church, please visit FlourishNow’s website and check out upcoming events.