Weekly Networking Meetings:
Dear Fellow Michaelonians,
The Jobs Assistance Ministry (JAM) has reached another major milestone, assisting 900 job seekers to find employment. Because of the unflagging support of Father Dan, Deacon David Nemetz, Lani Vasquez, and many of you, JAM is making a positive impact in our community. Thank you!
From the beginning, our vision for JAM was to offer all of the services a job seeker would receive at a career transition/outplacement center. We have been able to achieve that goal thanks to many talented volunteers, who include HR leaders, career coaches, recruiters, business owners, and so many others. In addition to weekly workshops, we provide a job seeker’s guide, JAM Linkedin group (over 1,700 members), resume reviews, one-on-one mentoring, mock interviews, career counseling, special workshops, accountability groups, professional round tables, on-line job search resources and pastoral care/counseling. An average of 20 meetings, classes and events are scheduled weekly.
JAM welcomes everyone in the greater Richmond community. Our doors are open to all who request our services. We work collaboratively with a number of churches, ministries, and organizations including Career Prospectors, which also offers invaluable resources to job seekers.
While we have been able to offer professional services thanks to expert volunteers, JAM is first and foremost a ministry, and job seekers recognize and appreciate this. They tell us so. For example:
Great news! I’ve landed! Keep up God’s work at St. Michael. The spiritual support I received and the friends I made helped and sustained me during this challenging time. I will pay it forward.
Many blessings and thanks to those of you supporting, helping, coaching, and praying for work to come my way. I have landed a job! I know I am very blessed and thankful to God!
As we celebrate this milestone, we are re-committing and re-dedicating our efforts to assist all job seekers who ask for our help. Despite improvements in the local economy, the need is still great. For example, 60 to 80 job seekers attend the weekly meetings, and we typically welcome six to eight new job seekers every week. Why not stop by and attend an informative workshop?
How can you help? Here are a couple ways: