Silverdale Detention Center Offers Inmates Hope With Job Fair and Training

HAMILTON COUNTY (WDEF) – “Been doing this for over 20 years, in and out, and it’s getting old.” Randy Harris is about to finish an 11 month sentence at the Silverdale Detention Center but says he’s spent most of his adult life in prison. He gets out in February and thanks to a reentry program and job fair the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting, he plans on beginning a new life sober and employed. “I’m gonna go back to what I did in high school. I took auto mechanics for five years at Seqouyah Vocation and I’m gonna utilize those and maybe get into Volkswagen, I’m hoping,” says Harris.
27 businesses and organizations to help these inmates gain healthy independence were represented at the job fair. “They’ve been real interested. So a lot of mechanical hands here. I’ve taken several resumes today and several applications that have come in,” says Russell Decker with Miller Industries.
“A lot of them are needing jobs, they’re needing housing. A lot of them the big things is not even an ID to even go get a job so we try to help them set up a plan on the outside,” says Reentry Counselor Laurie Gandre. Officials say there’s been a lot of teamwork to make this program possible but they’re hopeful the support will ensure the inmates success when they leave. “We are here for you. We see you. We can receive you on the outside,” says Reentry Supervisor Wendy Harris.

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