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Durham Rescue Mission hosts Labor Day job fair

Posted September 3, 2012 10:05 a.m. EDT
Updated September 3, 2012 8:23 p.m. EDT

— A nonprofit organization in Durham is celebrating Labor Day by hosting a job fair to help the homeless, recovering drug addicts and ex-prisoners.

The Durham Rescue Mission, a ministry-based charity, is accepting applications from 10 a.m. to noon Monday for 34 positions at its third thrift store, 3900 Chapel Hill Blvd.

The jobs are open to residents of the mission as well as the general public, organization co-founder Ernie Mills said.

“During my 44 years of ministry to the homeless, I have seen how difficult it is for recovered drug addicts, the homeless and ex-prisoners to find jobs,” he said. “Employers are reluctant to hire them because of potential problems. I felt it was imperative that our ministry think ‘outside the box.’”

Mills said the new thrift store is one of the largest of its kind in the Triangle, with 30,000 square feet.