Jobs Ministry Southwest, Inc.

Rating: 4.83 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Human Services

Location: 1860 Fm 359 #128 Richmond TX 77406 USA

Mission:

Jobs Ministry Southwest (JMS) is committed to helping people from entry level to senior executives better manage their careers by providing a wide variety of programs and services. On a weekly basis we provide our members with General Sessions, various Career Management Groups covering numerous disciplines and industry segments, as well as various workshops. Many workshops and special programs are designed to provide our members with the opportunity to interact with other professionals and develop skills to improve themselves and their career prospects.
Geographic areas served: Southeast Texas, Houston and surrounding counties

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

As a job hunter who has been "out of the market" for years, raising children, I've been very impressed by the caliber of help available through JMS - Free! for people like me in search of employment.Through the JMS website, I've accessed sophisticated tools to update my skills and help me understand what employers are now looking for. Now I can "market" my skills and experience in terms that today's employers understand and value. Their outstanding motivational speakers, keep me going, since persistence and a "can-do" attitude is essential in this job market. Like "life", the more effort I put into the JMS program, the more I get out of it. I don't think I could find a better job training/hunting program in the profit-making world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide personal counseling & testing for clients who have been out of work for a year or more. Many job hunters don't realize they should be looking in a different field;that their talents are in a different area. I've met several people who need that.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I am an alumnus of Job’s Ministry Southwest, and found the program to be extremely helpful, by providing much needed insight in to job search process along with providing support and encouragement. Mr. Thorpe does an excellent job of finding unique and informative speakers that provide the group with information to given them a competitive advantage in this challenging job market. This is a great cause that I have and will continue to support.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Doug Thorpe works tirelessly to provide the tools and motivation needed to succeed in a job search. If you listen and follow the directions and work with a Green Light group you will get a job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Doug Thorpe and the volunteer staff at JMS have given me the tools to set myself apart from the hundreds of other job seekers in my field. I'm confident that setting myself apart from the rest of the herd will result in an interivew, offer and landing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving my networking skills. My improved networking and contact aquisition obtained me interviews with employers who have not yet publicized their openings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting other people struggling with the my same issues.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and realize that in helping others they help themselves; great role models.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known about it sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have attended JMS since the start of the year. After 31 years of unbroken employment with essentially the same company I quickly came to realize that while skilled in many areas; job searching was not one of them. Doug Thorpe has a real passion to help people seeking work and JMS is a tremendous resource that far exceeded my expectations for both practical and emotional support. I recommend JMS to anyone who is seeking work and unsure how to go about it effectively.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining the skills and understanding of what it will take to reenter the workforce ina job that fits my passion and skills.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It has been a terrific and fun learning experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, compassionate, and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

In the networking groups, I've met several valuable contacts. Doug Thorpe's devotionals are always helpful and thought-provoking. The main speakers have been excellent the last few weeks. They bring priceless tips and hilarious stories to illustrate their serious points.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the tips exchanged in the small networking groups and in the large group's very helpful presentations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

start one closer to where I live.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interacting constructively with the speakers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

focus even more individualized attention on clients who really need help, find more of the high caliber speakers like the most recent ones, and allow them to branch out into their respective areas of expertise for the clients who need the help.

Ways to make it better...

the location were not so far a drive for me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how they might handle a serious economic recovery. Many of the clients would then be gainfully employed -- a good thing, to be sure.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I've had a blast listening to the main speakers recently.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Job Ministry Southwest for about 3 months. JMS has been an extremely valuable resource in my job search. I have learned how to rebrand myself and sell my experience to prospective employers. In addition, JMS has helped me stay focused on my job search and avoid hitting the walls that typically set one up for failure.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having the opportunity to network with others and learn from them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

experienced professionals that were willing to use their experience and skills to help others in need of guidance and support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was laid off here in Houston due to the economic downturn in February 2009, so I have been looking for a job for almost a year now. I have worked in the information technology industry in Houston for 30 years and I am 52 years old. At times I have been very discouraged because I would get interviews but never an offer. JMS has been a huge encouragement to me!!! The speakers are great and the other job seekers have been a real support. I am not alone!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The upbeat speakers that have been at each weekly meeting. The excellent advice on current and most effective job search techniques versus the old ways to search. Small group meetings sponsored during the week where we can talk and get more help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Doug Thorpe has a very difficult job and is doing a great job. He has over 200 people attending weekly joint meetings and about 10 small group meetings during the week. People feel free to volunteer under his leadership.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The outstanding programs at JMS have provided me with the skill sets and continuing motivation to maintain an effective career development program. Each week offers a choice of six concurrent workshops to develop skills in specific areas, an insightful devotional message and an energizing keynote speaker, as well as ample networking opportunities and referrals to outside/third party assistance or training. I highly recommend JMS to anyone initiating a job search and to those further along in career transition.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the diversity of keynote speakers and the organized workshops and less formal greenlight breakout groups for support and accountablity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

A good support system for those in between jobs in the Southwest Houston area. JMS provides encouragement, job search skills and a network of individuals to support each other. Unfortunately I have not attended very frequently because of the travel distance and the themes of the latest speakers, which have not interested me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming and helpful.

Ways to make it better...

the subjects of the keynote speakers in Dec '09/Jan '10 had been of more interest and use to me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

JMS has really given me some insight on my job search. I have only been too two sessions and I am very impressed. Professional, approachable and the time I am there, very informative. I wish I had found them sooner. I told a friend in Dallas she needs to find such a group. I tell everyone who is looking for a job or just needs some guidance and support about this program. Monique

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting new people and knowing I am not the only one in this place of uncertainty.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, courteous, and genuinely looking to help you with your search for the right job fit.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people in my current field of Retail at the wholesale who I could compare notes with.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful?