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A local job resource: BJM 03/16/2010

Posted by jeffstaples in Community Service.
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Editor’s note: STC, and specifically STC Houston, does not endorse any political or religious individuals or organizations. The following information is only provided to alert STC Houston members to a local job assistance program in the area.

Between Jobs Ministry (BJM) is a job support ministry of NorthWest Bible Church, located in Spring, TX. The group offers encouragement, networking, and job-search skills training and is open to job seekers who attend the Wednesday morning meetings.

Individuals meet weekly on Wednesday mornings beginning promptly at 9:00am and continuing until 12:30pm. First-time attendees should be at the church sanctuary by 8:30am to register.

Source, and for more information: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/betweenjobsministry/

BJM success story
The following is one participant’s acknowledgement (and thanks) for the help that BJM provided.

After 13 years of working in private and charter schools, the winds of change blew through the certification system, leaving me suddenly “unqualified” for my position working in a residential treatment center for middle- and high-school youths. My administration opted to terminate me rather than give me the extra time needed to meet new certification standards.

BJM had helped my father find a new job after he was laid off due to downsizing. I figured if BJM could help a 60-year old man with health problems and a minor disability find a job, then they could certainly help me. Thus, I attended a Wednesday session.

At first, I was skeptical. I’ve seen too many evangelical, feel-good services, heavy on the hype and hope, but light on the actual substance. Thankfully, that was not the case with BJM. Their program is first-rate and worthy of emulation by churches everywhere.

From the meetings, I did as advised: networked like it was going out of style. Then, lo and behold, things started to click, albeit not in ways I expected.

Through contacts, I got an email about some temp work with database maintenance, and by the end of the week, I was working at home. A week later, that temp job turned into an offer for contract employment. The hours were just what I needed, and the pay was enough for my family budget.

In the “small world” category, my new boss knows many people who know people I know from my days teaching and from my involvement with my church community. I’ve made numerous contacts within school districts that I can work in the months leading up to the summer.

God bless BJM and all the good work done in its name.
Mark L. Chance
mlchance1@att.net

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