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Job Clubs and Employment Ministries: On the Front Lines of Getting Americans Back to Work

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
9:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Registration Time:
9:00 AM

Hosted by Jobs Partnership Cleveland at

Mt. Zion Congregational Church
10723 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

Featured Guests and Panelists Include:

  • Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson
  • Rev. Paul Hobson Sadler, Sr.
  • Bruce Madson, Assistant Director, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • David Reines, Interim Executive Director, Employment Connection, Cleveland/Cuyahoga County
  • Larry Benders, Director of Development, Cuyahoga County
  • Treacy Crowley, Executive Director, Career Development & Transition Services, Cuyahoga Community College
  • John Vinson, Cox Communications
  • Sarah Brady, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Paul Magnus, Mature Services of Akron
  • Job Club Directors from Cleveland, Hudson, and Stow

Please join Jay Williams, Director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers & former Mayor of Youngstown, OH and the Department of Labor's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for a symposium on the important role of job clubs and career ministries in getting Americans back to work. Participants and attendees will include job club coordinators, workforce development officials, faith leaders, nonprofit leaders, employers, and job seekers and workers who will discuss the various ways job clubs and career ministries support communities to help the unemployed regain their footing and transition back to the workforce.

Job Club and Career Ministry programs based at religious institutions, community colleges, and community-based organizations offer an opportunity for unemployed individuals to come together and share professional networks, learn the latest job search techniques, and receive emotional support. The Department of Labor's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships recently launched a new project to connect with job clubs and ministries and facilitate partnerships between job clubs and the workforce investment system, including One-Stop Career Centers, community colleges, and nonprofit service organizations. (Visit for more information on the project.)

The half-day symposium will highlight the work of job clubs, provide information on the valuable resources offered by the public workforce investment system, and explore partnership opportunities among job clubs, the workforce system, employers, and other entities. This event is open to the public. Please attend if the issue of jobs is important to you, if you are a workforce development professional, if you are currently coordinating or interested in starting a job club or career ministry, and/or if you are interested in collaborations and partnerships.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues and networks.

To register, provide your first name, last name, organization name (if applicable), city, state, and email address to no later than Wednesday, November 2.