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Unemployed Turn to Job Fair and God for Help Finding Work
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Western New Yorkers looking for work crowded into the Statler Towers lobby Wednesday night, hoping to land one of the 200 positions available.

Statler City, LLC President Mark Croce said he's looking for workers to staff his banquet facilities, nightclub and restaurants located within the downtown landmark.

"We see a lot of opportunity and a lot of vibrancy in downtown," Croce said. "Things are growing. Things are coming alive again in the city, and we're glad to be a part of it."

Croce said the positions range from entry-level, where experience isn't necessary needed, all the way up to management jobs.

Statler City will hold two more job fairs, one at 2 p.m. Saturday and another at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.

Croce said he is encouraged by reports that President Obama will include a tax credit to businesses that hire new workers in his address to Congress Thursday night.

"There's a lot of people out there that happen to be the victim of circumstance right now that may be unemployed or underemployed, so by giving us a tax incentive, it really motivates us to ramp up our plans even quicker," Croce said.

But some Western New Yorkers have lost faith in government and are instead turning to a higher power.

Wednesday night's service at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tonawanda focused on those looking for work.

"It's tough times," Father Bill Quinlivan said. "So we go to God with that."

Father Quinlivan came up with the idea to collect resumes and place them at the alter. He and parishioners prayed for those who are looking for work and encouraged everyone to rely on their faith during difficult times.

"It's an important lesson for us to realize we take our faith out into the marketplace and into the workplace," Father Quinlivan said. "What sometimes some of us do is we tell God what we want instead of asking what he wants."

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