BIDDEFORD — When someone is in recovery from addiction, a good job can make a difference.

Those who work in the recovery community say having a good job can mean the difference between rebuilding relationships and a career or returning to a life of substance use disorder.

A repeat of last year’s job fair event matching employers with job-seekers in recovery is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Pepperell Mill Campus Event Center.

Organizers say response from employers interested in hiring people in recovery has been strong. Employers who plan to exhibit include Paradigm Windows, Bristol Seafood, Ready Seafood, Maine Staffing, and Sweetser.

“I am looking forward to this year’s Recovery Workforce Job Fair,” said Lark Pitts, the human resources and safety coordinator at Paradigm Windows. “We did hire from last year’s event and the person we hired is not only still here, he has taken on a position with more responsibility. An excellent hire.”

Recovery agencies on hand for the event include CAP Quality Care, Enso, and Groups Recover Together.

Members of the law enforcement and corrections community, including Kennebunk Police Chief Bob MacKenzie, Saco-Biddeford Opioid Outreach Coordinator Maeghan Lambert-Irish, and Regional Correctional Administrator Chris Arbour also plan to be on hand.

There is a free clothing exchange, and resume counseling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the job fair is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with workshops for employers seeking to work with the recovery community set for 1 to 3 p.m.

Employers wishing to register to exhibit should RSVP at

Job-seekers don’t need to register, and the event is free.

The event is being organized by York County Sheriff William L King Jr., UNE Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, and Biddeford community volunteer Marty Grohman.

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