Work Search Roundtables & NetWork 2 NewWork

EaRN Work Search Roundtables

...working together to help each other find work operationalizing Matthew 7:12: “do for others as you’d have them to do for you.”

These sessions make them the longest, continuously   meeting job clubs in West Michigan–attendance of 13,000+ at 1300+ sessions since 1998–at two ‘venues’  Wednesday mornings.  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 decades, including a feature report on WOOD-TV 8 as well as a commendation for the service by the White House’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Deputy Director in March 2012 at their West Michigan Job Clubs Initiative Symposium held at a Church in Gaines Township, Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hosted WEDNESDAY every week, 9:30-11:30 am by facilitators based at two alternating locations:

»  ADA (EAST KENT COUNTY)  – The St Robert of Newminster Parish Roundtable meets at 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan in the Parish Adult Lounge. 

Remaining Dates for 2021:
Jul 14, 28 – IN-PERSON resumed July 14th
Aug 11, 25
Sep 8, 22
Oct 6, 20
Nov 3, 17
Dec 1, 15, (no session Christmas week), 29

This Roundtable alternates Wednesdays with the Zoom-based one (see below).

See their site or call them,, (6 one 6) 676-9 one 11 for more information, OR directly contact their EaRN Roundtable Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (6 one 6) 446- one 873 (c), weitzelwj (at)

» Virtual GRAND RAPIDS – except major holidays on Wednesdays, Christmas week, and when New Year’s is a Wednesday. Currently continues to be conducted via web conferencing.

Remaining Dates for 2021:
July 7, 21 – VIRTUAL via continues
Aug 4, 18
Sep 1, 15, 29
Oct 13, 27
Nov 10
Dec 8 (no session Christmas Week) 

This Roundtable alternates Wednesdays with the St Robert hosted one (see above). More information by calling (6 one 6) 8 one 3- 4998, or email ksoper (a)

NetWork 2 NewWork – not currently scheduling events

These orchestrated networking events in Grand Rapids, Michigan are volunteer-led and include presentations and seminars. Premised on the idea that we are all self employed, the event offers information and skill-building not only on the basics of networking, but also exploring new careers (including self-employment), using social media, interviewing, and working with recruiters among other topics.

The event format and focus is currently under review; no events currently scheduled. More information can be found at our website,

The EaRN ministry continues to expand, “helping people find work and stay employable by discovering their calling”. We look for churches and other non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate an EaRN-style ministry which may include a Work Search Roundtable job club and/or a NetWork 2 NewWork event (  More information about EaRN can be found by contacting Ken at (616) 5 two 8-zero 443, ksoper (at)

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