Former Offenders In WorkSource Having Trouble Finding Jobs In Tri-CitiesPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Ex-offenders trying to find a job in the Tri-Cities, are frustrated.
For these two men, the search has been a full time job, in and of itself.
"7:30 in the morning til 11:30 in the morning, and then we go back out from 12:30 to 4:30, so it's about 8hrs. A day," said Eric Tindol, a former offender.
"I never went looking for a job, and took more than three days to find a job, and with the economy it's really tough right now," said Joshua Blakley, a former offender.
Scott Shinsato from Goodwill says offenders looking for work can face an even bigger challenge.
"We're still finding that there's a stereotypical view of a person who is an ex offender," said Scott Shinsato, Associate Director of Goodwill.
But they're not the only ones having a hard time.
"We have those individuals who just recently lost their jobs," said Candice Bluechel, with WorkSource Columbia Basin.
"We have people who are looking for a part time job because things have gone up," Bluechel.
For this single mother of three, it's an everyday battle.
"It's a frustration, not knowing how long the job is going to last, knowing that you have three people to feed, and regardless of your situation they're still hungry, and need to eat and dress," said Teresa Ramirez, a mother at WorkSource.
"It's Christmas coming and all these holidays, and it really gets us really depressed not knowing how we're going to do it," said Ramirez.
Like Ramirez, many unemployed are keeping their fingers crossed.
"No promises, but I'm still trying," said Tindol.