INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Hundreds of job seekers stood in line outside of Barnes United Methodist Church. The crowd waited in a single file line in anticipation for a job fair.
“The early bird gets the worm if you need a job,” said a woman who waited two hours for the job fair to start.
Ten Point Coalition, in partnership with Penske Logistics, held the job fair at the church on the 900 block of West 30th Street.
Penske Logistics has 100 job openings for their warehouse facility. Representatives for the company were at the job fair educating the crowd on how to apply for the open positions.
People in attendance were greeted by several volunteers that escorted the applicants to a variety of booths. One of those stops included an information table on how to apply for jobs with the City of Indianapolis.
An estimated 500 people showed up for the job fair. Due to the large turnout, Ten Point is working to host another job fair in May.
“If we can give more people jobs out there it will improve the quality of life for families in the city and in the urban core,” said Rev. Charles Harrison. “It will also have a direct impact on violence.”
24-Hour News 8 followed job seeker Tyrone Terry as he walked through the application process. Terry is looking for work, but he’s a convicted felon. He said he’s been turned down for six jobs in the past year.
“It’s rough getting a job now days for anyone that has a felony,” said Terry.
According to Ten Point, Terry and others that applied will be notified by Penske through email on the next step of the job application process.
Penske Logistics is located in Shelbyville. Ten Point is developing a plan to help Penske hires without transportation commute to the warehouse.