‘From Opposition to Opportunity’ career and resource fair coming to Portsmouth on Tuesday


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A local organization is getting ready for a unique career and resource fair to help people who have difficulties obtaining jobs.

The “From Opposition to Opportunity” event on Tuesday, March 26 is being put on by Eggleston’s Collaborative Community Connections Program.

Eggleston, which has serviced the disabled community for more than half a century, ventured out to help the homeless population through this program.

Renisha Ricks, the program coordinator, says she came up with the idea for the fair to help give residents a level playing field.

“When I see people who are not successful, (it’s) because they don’t have an opportunity. They’re never had a lane created for them. They don’t have parents who taught them these things or educated them about this,” she said about applying for jobs and maintaining them.

At the fair, agencies will help solve obstacles for those looking for employment such as restoration of rights, identification services, job readiness and more that some take for granted.

“From housing to criminal backgrounds, fines, to child support, child care, everything they may need, transporation, all in one building,” Ricks said.

While C3 targets the homeless population, Ricks says everyone who needs assistance should come out and attend.

“We want to take care of every need they need to be at baseline, so they can be successful moving forward,” she said.

A number of employers will be on hand to give spot interviews and chances to schedule follow up interviews.

The event is free, but Ricks recommends registering.

You can do that by clicking this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-opposition-to-opportunity-tickets-56339063656?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The fair starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday and ends at 2 p.m.

It is being held at the Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center at 900 Elm Avenue in Portsmouth. 

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