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Job fair helps individuals recovering from Hurricane Maria find work locally

Mar 6, 2018

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A job fair was held Tuesday for individuals looking for work after moving here from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The agency the fair after a popular resume workshop they held last week.

President and CEO of Ibero, Hilda Rosario Escher said their goal was to give those seeking work an easy opportunity to meet with local employers.

"When you come to a place that you don’t know...you’re in a hotel and you’re trying to apply for jobs and you don’t know where you’re going. This facilitates that issue. Having employers all in one place."

She says when she got to the building at 9am people were already sitting, waiting for the 10am start. It runs until 3pm Tuesday at 864 East Main Street.

Ibero teamed up with Department of Labor and Rochester Works to host.

John Primo is with Rochester Works, he says helping people to finding jobs is just one of the ways we are welcoming them to our community.

"I think this initiative has brought together a number of agencies and organizations who care and want to coordinate and collaborate and make their stay, whether its long term or short term, make it work."

Primo says any other employers interested in helping employ those displaced by the storm can reach out to Rochester Works.

Ibero is also still running their Multi Agency Resource Center for those families in Rochester still recovering from Hurricane Maria. That’s Thursday night's at 864 East Main Street.