Work Search Roundtables & NetWork2NewWork


These sessions make them the longest, continuously meeting job clubs in West Michigan–8000+ people have attended sessions since 1999–at two locations on different days of the week.  The sessions are open to the public and provide ongoing networking, support, group problem solving, and coaching for individuals during periods of work search and career transition.

Several TV and radio stations as well as The Grand Rapids Press reported on this weekly event during the past decade, including a feature report on WOOD-TV 8 in 2009.

=> WEDNESDAY every other week, 9:30-11:30 am St Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan.  The meeting is in the Parish Adult Lounge. See their site or call them,, (616) 676-9111 for more information, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (616) 446-1873 (c), weitzelwj (at)

=>THURSDAY every week, 9:00-11:30 am, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Grand Rapids, 47 Jefferson SE (except major holidays on Thursdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, and when New Year’s is a Thursday).  Individuals as asked to RSVP for the  weekly event by going to, clicking on the calendar date, then the event, and using the “RSVP” function at the bottom of the screen.  More information by calling (616) 459-1456, or check out their website,

Other resources include:

EaRN Affiliate Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341 (east off Northland Drive) provides one-on-one coaching and counsel (by appointment)  for those in work search transition. More information is available at their website,, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Jeff Geshel, (616) 866-3556, jeff (at)

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These every-other-month orchestrated networking events in Grand Rapids, Michigan are volunteer-led and include presentations and seminars which offer information and skill-building not only on the basics of network, but also exploring new careers, using social media, interviewing, and working with recruiters among other topics.  More information can be found at our website,

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The EaRN ministry continues to expand, “helping people find work and stay employable”, and look for churches and other non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate EaRN ministry which can include a Work Search Roundtable job club and/or a NetWork 2 NewWork event ( as part of building an EaRN Employment and Resource Network ministry and outreach.  More information about EaRN can be found at, or contact Ken (616) 528-0443, ksoper (at)


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