Woman helps people in recovery find jobs

Recovering addicts get a shot at employment

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) — People who are in recovery from addiction got a chance on Friday to meet potential employers at "recovery-friendly" job fair in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The fair featured more than two dozen employers from throughout the Seacoast from restaurants, retailers to a newspaper production plant. The fair is the brainchild of Sarah Rawlins, a recovering drug and alcohol addict. Rawlins said her addiction cost her her job at a local call center.

She went to rehab and went back to former employer and asked for another chance. She also told them that she was in recovery. That honesty got Rawlins got her a job back, a promotion and eventually Rawlins referred more than 30 people in recovery for jobs at the call center.

"If they are coming to you and saying, 'yes, I am in recovery and I want a job;' if you hired someone off the street you don’t really get to know anything about this person," said Granite Pathways employment specialist Sarah Rawlins.

If you like more information about the program you can log onto our website and mobile apps.

For more information go to www.granitepathwaysnh.org.

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