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Jobs Ministry Southwest, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

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

Programs: Served unemployed people by providing job-search seminars, coaching, and retraining services. 1125 job seekers were served during the year.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

13

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

JMS has been a blessing to me and a wonderful and convenient option to someone who lives in the southwest outskirts of Houston. The resources provided are valuable and up-to-date. For someone who hasn't had to look for job in "many moons", is a perfect was to transition to your jobsearch strategy for 2010. The spin-off "Greenlight Groups" are also an additional resource where you can meet with a smaller group of your peers to track, brainstorm and get feedback on your jobsearch.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

JMS provides tools,resources, and networking to help with employment transition. A great organization for encouragement, devotion, and life skills to maintain focus, hope, and faith. Very dynamic and growing while providing the latest information through speakers and resources.

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

Some things in this life you can't explain,you have to experience it for yourself.It was far for me to come all the way form Kempwood and Gessner.I would highly recommend the program and people to anyone unemployed.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended JMS meetings weekly and participated in the Green Light groups associated with JMS while seeking employment. I participated for approximately 2 months before "landing" a job. The resources made available to me through JMS were extremely helpful. JMS has Rick Gillis present one week and he presented his Accomplishment Sheet. I used this Accomplishment Sheet concept to land my job. Thank you JMS!

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

I found the ministry very useful in my job search. The presentations were on a variety of topics relevant to my search. I would recommend this ministry for anyone searching for a new position.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. Always great selection of weekly group meetings. The best is the special speakers that give many different perspectives on the job search, no matter the background. The extra events are the best having all day meetings that include well known speakers. The training on LinkedIn has been followed by many people that I know and have passed on the knowledge I gained.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

To Whom It May Concern: This is my personal recommendation for Jobs Ministry Southwest (JMS). I have been associated with this organization since March 2004. I found from the beginning that this group and its leaders and volunteers are welcoming and accepting of all individuals no matter their background, economic status, social status, job level, religious affiliation, etc…. JMS leaders and volunteers display a genuine interest in each individual and a desire to help all individuals through their job transition period. In addition to bringing in speakers covering all topics regarding how to find that next career opportunity or just getting through the rough times experienced during the job transition they offer assistance in resume writing, interviewing, and networking and salary/benefit negotiations. They have an experienced group of professional volunteers available to coach you one-on-one through every step of the job transition process. The organization also provides an individual with a place to network with others in the same situation at the weekly meeting. I highly recommend this group to any individual going through a job transition.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

JMS is a great jobs ministry. They have two very good ways of supporting a person in their job search. First, the meetings themselves are a good place to network, and to find support. Second, the speakers that they have are top notch, and provide good insight into finding and holding the next job.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

JMS is a fantastic group for anyone who finds themself in between jobs. So many of us dedicate so much time to being the best at our jobs that when we find ourselves in transition, we really don't know what to do or where to start. I myself had not had to look for a job in more than 20 years. I had enjoyed a very successful career in roles where I had moved up the corporate ladder. I left my last role as a Vice President of a major financial firm, but I truly did not know how to market myself in this new economy. JMS provided practical but creative advice on how to improve my chances of landing that perfect job. The knowledge and assistance that they provide is PRICELESS! Doug Thorpe is a phenomenal leader and the people who attend truly believe in paying it forward. Everyone helps everyone and that is what sets this group apart. I frequently send friends who find themselves in transition to JMS. You won't find a better support group for landing that next great opportunity. Thank you JMS!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel like I have a successful resume from what I learned by attending training at JMS. The people are friendly and supportive and I am very pleased with my experience at JMS.