Local church hosts career fair

By Crystal Britt

CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - You may not think of a church hosting a career fair, but that's exactly what happened Sunday in Charleston.

The Grand Avenue Seventh-Day Adventist Church is hoping to make a difference during tough economic times.

"I think it's a good thing for the city, there's not much opportunity here," said Kenny Campbell.

Campbell says he's looking to make a career change.

"Was actually thinking about the Army. I was in ROTC in high school," said Campbell.

Present at the fair were military representatives, details about paramedic programs, local colleges and universities, and various other opportunities.

It was a showcase of what's available in Charleston and beyond.

"We've been out in the community asking residents in the community what their needs are and the overwhelming response has been we need more jobs," said Vereline Johnson-Career Fair Organizer.

Members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church saw a golden opportunity.

"Putting on this career fair at this time is very beneficial, and is important to this community," said Pastor Claval Hunter.

"Our goal is to serve the community. We want to continue the ministry of Jesus which was to minister to those in need," said Johnson.

It was a unique outreach for the church, one that may lead to more in the future.

"We want to minister to the whole being of the person, not just the spiritual side," said Hunter.

In a few weeks the church will also host a health and safety fair.

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