Former prisoners can seek reentry resources at Pitt County Courthouse through Thursday

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Finding a job can be a challenge, especially if you have a criminal record, which is why the governor has proclaimed this week as Reentry Week.

Members of the Pitt County Reentry Council Collaborative are hosting a resource fair at the Pitt County Courthouse.

More than 20,000 people are released from North Carolina prisons each year and face challenges in finding jobs, health care, and housing to name a few.

So various companies set up there Monday, like Pitt Community College, and the Life Empowerment Center, which helps former inmates find jobs.

"We try to help individuals know, well, you know, you made a mistake but there are resources," says Joyce Jones, the center's executive director. "But many times they don't know about the resources, so that's why we brought the resources here today. What better place to have it is to bring it to the community."

Organizers ask for employers to give former inmates a second chance because a lot of them are willing to work and have skills to do the job.

If you want to head to the resource fair, they'll be at the Pitt County Courthouse through Thursday from 9-11 a.m.