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Job fair to be held Saturday for felons, veterans in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sometimes a prison sentence doesn't end when you walk free, as many criminals aren't met with job opportunities on the other side.

"We want to be able to plug them with the resources they need," said Minister Devante Hill with One Memphis One Vision.

One Memphis One Vision helped organize the protest that closed the I-40 bridge over the summer.

On Saturday, at New Direction Christian Church on Winchester Road, it hopes to open the door for people looking for work.

"Oh that's wonderful, they need a second chance," said Priscilla Thompson who lives in Memphis.

Veterans and felons are invited to come with resumes and IDs, along with a social security card or birth certificate. And they should be dressed for employment.

"We just believe the real and only true way to combat crime is to combat poverty, and the only way to combat poverty in the city of Memphis is to combat unemployment," said Hill.

Businesses like FedEx and Verizon will be there, along with educational opportunities.

Events will begin at 10 a.m. at the youth campus with a conversation about how to get your record expunged.

Eligible ex-cons will also learn ways to regain their voting rights and hear success stories from people who share a similar past.

The job fair will end at 2 p.m.