Transition Organizations in the Greater Philadelphia
Note meeting information should be verififed BEFORE
attempting to attend any group.
Section I: Groups Affiliated with a Religious Organization
Mawr Presbyterian Church -
Career Counseling at the Middleton
Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Tuesdays at 7:30-9:30 pm.
Meets in the Gloucester Room but look
for signs in the Ministry Center.
Group counseling and support are
available to those seeking to explore personal career/vocation
choices as well as master specific job-hunting skills such as resume
writing and interviewing techniques. John Grandbois, Vice President,
Right Management Consultants provides expertise and leadership in
weekly group sessions. John has led this group for over 20 years.
Wherever you are on your career path, you will find support and
guidance in this group.
Calvary Fellowship Church - Barnabas
95 West Devon
Drive, Downingtown, PA 19335
Meet: 6:30 am
to 7:30 am most Mondays
Glenn Clark at 302-765-6001
C3N (Christ Centered
Lancaster County Bible Church
2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim, PA
Meet: Monday evenings at 7 pm (except Holidays)
Mr. Paul Jaspers at firstname.lastname@example.org
A regional ministry
focused on assisting career explorers to trust in the Lord for
direction and guidance in their job search. Fort these networking
meetings we invite employers and have excellent speakers.
other Monday evenings we host a support meeting focused on assisting
the career explorer. We are a member of the Crossroads Career®
Network (www.crossroadscareer.org), an association of member
churches with ministries to help career explorers discover God's
calling, find or create the right job, and grow in Christ.
Crossroads Career® Network does this by providing member churches a
complete set of proven career ministry resources — everything needed
to design a ministry and equip ministry volunteers to help people
through career crossroads.Employment Support Group (ESG)
Meet:. EVERY Tuesday MORNING 8-9:30am.
CALVARY ASSEMBLY, 2600 SHIPLEY RD, WILMINGTON DE 19810.
early and enjoy Marcia’s “Breakfast Delights.”
Presbyterian Church - Unemployment Support Group
Fifth and Race
Sts, Perkasie, PA
Meet: 11 a.m. Thursdays
This group is
provides an opportunity for those who are currently unemployed to
find support, encouragement, and help in their search for a new job.
This means equipping them with the tools needed to rightly assess
their present situation and prepare them for their next job. We will
do this in the light of the counsel provided in Scripture, which we
believe to be the Word of God that points us to Jesus Christ." Our
group has been highlighted by front page articles in the
Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times, which you can read by
going to http://www.phillyburbs.com/news
Contact: Rev. Richard
Scott MacLaren at 215-257-2956First Presbyterian Church -
Unemployment Support Group
130 West Miner
Street, West Chester, PA
Meet: Support group meets bi-weekly from
5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m to learn tips and techniques related to job
Contact: Elisabeth Hartwell at
email@example.com, at (610) 696-0554
Ave., Paoli, PA
Grace Point & Addisville Reformed Church -Between
Washington Crossing Rd , Newtown, PA 18940
Meet: Monthly -
starting promptly at 8:00 AM, light breakfast at 7:30 AM -
Between Doors is a ministry for those who are underemployed or
pre-employed. We exist to prepare, train, and mentor those who are
asking the hard questions when they suddenly find themselves out of
work, or suddenly underemployed. We help with: Job Search,
Interviewing, Benefits, Finances, and Faith - all centered around
HOPE! Group and individual coaching available.
betweenDoors@gmail.com or 215.968.2354 Har Zion Temple:
S.H.A.R.E.- Support Help Assistance Resources = Employment
(formerly BAI Cares) Har Zion Temple,
1500 Hagys Ford Road,
Penn Valley, PA 19072
Meet: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the
month, 7:30pm – 9/9:30pm
Mission: To be a caring resource and
support network for those in our community who are seeking
(unemployed or are concerned about their employment
status) due to the economic downturn.
Contact: Sharon Richman
firstname.lastname@example.org 610-453-1803 email@example.com 215-882-4312
Hopewell Christian Fellowship
Hopewell Rd, Elverson, PA 19520
Monday for 8 weeks 7 - 9 PM
Weekly meetings for anyone who is seeking career direction, job
change or God’s calling. Meetings include a presentation on one of
the six steps of "How To Walk Through a Crossroads in your Career™,"
a career professional speaking on a job search or career change
topic; and informal networking with other career explorers.
Contact: Mr. Jon Spahr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Relationships Network (Linked-In)
Jarrettown United Methodist
1460 Limekiln Pike ,Dresher, PA 19025
JOSEPH'S People, Ltd.
(See their main
site for full & extensive details)
Joseph’s People, Ltd. is
a 501 ©(3) non-profit corporation, founded at St. Joseph’s Church in
Downingtown, PA in 1995 to serve the unemployed and underemployed
people in our community.
Employment Workshop St Catharine's of Siena - Parish
2427 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, Pa 19601
610-779-4005 Leave Message for John Senick, Leader
Meeting 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month 7-8:30
Joseph's People – Downingtown
Joseph Parish – 460 Manor Avenue (Route 322)
Parish Meeting Room
behind the school
Call 610 873-7117 Leave Message
Leader: Cheryl Spaulding
Meets 2nd & 4th
Tues. of the mo. at 7:30 PM
Joseph's People – Eagle
Elizabeth Parish - 120 St. Elizabeth Drive, Uwchlan, PA 19425
Call 610-873-7117 Leave Message
Leader: Dave Bolz Email:
Meetings are the 1st & 3rd Mon. of each
(in the Creative Learning Center)
Joseph's People - West Grove
Assumption BVM Parish, 300 State
Road, West Grove, PA 19380
Leader:John Colgan Call 610-873-7117
Email:John Colgan email@example.com
once a month at 7 PM. Call for dates.
Joseph's People –
St. Monica/Parish Center , Faculty Lounge or
601 First Avenue , Berwyn, PA 19312
Meets 1st &
3rd Thursdays of the mo. 7-9 PM.
GetWorks - Media Presbyterian Church
30 E. Baltimore Avenue,
Media, PA 19063
Call 610-873-7117 Leave Message
Leader: Sue Kaiden Meets 1st & 3rd
Tuesdays of the month
Hassler Chapel @ Media Presb. 7-8:30 pm
Employment Network - St. Mary Magdalen
Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
Leaders: Barb & Paul
For information Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
by email: or call the Hotline 610.873.7117
Career Crossroads Aldan Union Church –7 East Providence
Road, Aldan PA 19018
Call 610-259-8010 (Church Phone)
Leader: Dan Willard
Conference Room 119 Use office entrance off parking lot
are the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month @ 7PM
People – ST. FRANCIS
St. Francis Church - Del. County
Rectory 136 Saxer Ave Springfield, PA 19064
Art McGuire, Chapter
Meets every Third Tuesday at 7 P.M.
Joseph's People – Hatfield
St. Maria Goretti Parish - 1601 Derstine Rd,
Parish Center Library
1st and 3rd Thursday of each
month @ 7:30pm
Leaders: Nancy Cocks
Contact: 610 -873-7117
Email: Nancy Cocks email@example.com
Joseph's People, Ltd.
www.josephspeople.org 610-873-7117Main Line Unitarian Church
816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon PA, 19333-1825
Note: They have hosted Career workshops for Women in
coordination with the Women's Resource Center in Wayne.
Presbyterian Church - (Get Works)
See: Joseph's PeopleNew London Presbyterian
Weathering the Storm Group
Presbyterian Church/Christian Life Center
125 Saginaw Rd.,New
London Township, PA 19352
Contact: Beth McDonough - firstname.lastname@example.org ,302-893-3944 (mobile
The Networking Group
Newtown Presbyterian Church
Newtown, PA 18940
Meet: First and third
Thursdays of the month.
Everyone is welcome. This is a
non-sectarian group " run by people who have "been there".
meeting features a speaker on an area of job search.
Bello - 215-962-7032Our Lady of Mount Carmel
235 E State St,
Doylestown, PA 18901-4770
(215) 348-4190St. David's
Employment Guidance Ministry
St. David’s Episcopal Church
763 South Valley Forge Road,
Wayne, PA 19087
Evening meetings that focus on a specific topic
of interest to people in career/job transition and offer them as
one-time events. An example is the session we had on the Internet,
run by an expert on that topic. It was well-attended and
well-received. If you have suggestions of topics that would interest
you. Employment Guidance by appointment:
Call the church office,
Contact: George Vosburgh at email@example.com
United Methodist Church of the Resurection
181 Sharp Lane, Exton, PA
Transition Group meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Sundays of the month (UMCR).
one-on-one confidential mentoring with volunteer career counselors,
resume writing, interview coaching, networking, and a prayer
Contact: Danny Van Deventer at (610) 458-8143 or (205)
914-5004 Wayne Presbyterian Church
Career Networking Group-
125 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne PA 19087
Meet: Monday 7:30-9:00
Online discussion and
announcements Group affiliated with Work Ministry
(www.workministry.com) Work Ministry builds social networks of job
seekers by assisting faith-based and community organizations in
developing Job Support Groups and connecting groups with Employers.
Contact: Frank firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible Group at
Berwyn Presbyterian Church
Additional Career Groups
The Business Executive Networking Group
St. Phillip & James Church, Exton, PA
The 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm
40 Plus of
40 Plus is the Nation’s oldest non-profit
organization dedicated to helping currently available managers,
executives and other professionals over 40 years of age find jobs.
Jewish Employment and Vocational Service
Greater Philadelphia, PA
Jobs for Life
-Philadelphia Access Center
11th Street, Philadelphia PA 19148
Phone: (215) 389-1985
Jobs for Life training course consists of 16 sessions, combining
instruction in principles of work and job readiness skills. Besides
the training, each Jobs for Life student is matched with a champion
- a mentor or a group of mentors - who provides the student the
support needed through the class and the first year of his or her
The Philadelphia Access Center is one of about fifty
Jobs for Life sites across the country, with more being added all
the time. Jobs for Life (www.jobsforlife.com) pursues its mission
and vision by mobilizing churches and community-based organizations
as Jobs for Life sites, each equipped with all the tools and
processes necessary to provide job training and support to our
country’s neediest citizens, lifting them from dependency to
Employment & Training Agency (LETA)
1016 N. Charlotte St.,
Meet: Resume Workshop,
Fridays 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Regular Job Search seminars, on
interviewing, networking, negotiating and cover letter and resume
This web site hosts a variety of groups including several local
career groups.MY Career Transitions
Meet: 2nd Saturday of the month at
9:45 AM. (register on website). Meetings fill up quickly , with
nearly 100 attendees. All meetings are free. Meet at Penn State
Career Transitions provides a forum for
those who are in the midst of a job search, or who are contemplating
a job change. Programs and meetings provide information on career
planning and job search tools, sharing job leads, building a
professional network and mutual support.
contacts from their web site.The Philadelphia Career Connection
This is a
relatively new group with attendance under 50.
Meeting on Mondays at 6:00 p.m
Contact: Rick Tashman
Resource Center (Wayne, PA)
Contact: Career Services
Program Coordinator Call WRC to register: 610-687-6391
Women who have been downsized, laid off, or are new to the area can
take advantage of the opportunity to expand their network in an
informal setting. Perfect for those who have prior work experience
and experience searching for employment, participants in this group
receive assistance in improving their job searches and come away
with the tools needed to successfully navigate a tough job market.
The Women’s Resource Center also offers brief free Individual
Career Consultations on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
(7-8:30 pm). Come in for a 30-minute one-on-one consultation in
their office in Wayne (113 West Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087).
Professional career counselors can help with one issue - (ex.
critique your resume, do a mock interview, help you figure out where
to look for jobs or counsel you on your career path). Call to
Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group
This group is run by well-known career experts, Eric Kramer and Ford
They also encourage members to establish supportive
sub-groups to provide support to foster creation of these groups.
These groups are on meet-up.com.
Meet: Primarily meets monthly at
Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, Pa 19085.
Typical fee $15.Section III: Additional Resources
(Link to extensive information
managed by My
Career Transitions Group) Free Chester County Resource Guide
for the Unemployed and Underemployed :
A Road to Employment
initiative from the Chester County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
provides additional services for the unemployed and underemployed.
See also the HIRONE initiative by the Economic Development
Philadelphia Business Journal
professional meetings and have industry information to learn which
firms are growing.
Greater Philadelphia Alliance of Colleges and
Information on adult and
graduate programs at 20+ local academic institutions.
List of PA resources
IV: Specialized Associations
ATD – aka American Society for Training
Members can post your resume
and view job listings; national and local chapters. Meets monthly
downtown and occasionally in Wilmington, DE. Sub-groups meet across
the Delaware Valley, including the consultants group which is open
to non-member attendees. Contact Jennifer Kennedy regarding
Biology & Other Sciences:
transition sub-group meets monthly on Friday morning at Villanova
$1.00 per meeting. Registration requested.
Contact: Michael Chiampanelli of Tom Smith - email@example.com
Delaware BioScience Association
An organization of senior financial executives with the
common desire to stay networked for career purposes. The group is a
30,000 plus national email group with local chapters around the
country. There is a website for members, a nightly newsletter with
job search tips and a large member directory.
To join FENG
national, go to http://www.thefeng.org/application.asp?apptype=m and
fill out the application and attach an electronic copy of your
Healthcare Business Women's Association
Must be a member to attend. Meetings are held at various corporate
They hold a monthly Women in Transition Group
Association For Corporate Growth
1954, the Association for Corporate Growth, Inc. (www.acg.org) is
the premier global association for professionals involved in
corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and
TENG - Technical Executives Network Group.
This is an organization of technical and IT
To join contact Ed Pospesil, Chairman
Technology Professionals Networking Group
TPNG is an
on-going business resource, where Information Technology
Professionals share business contacts, technology resources, career
information, suggestions and support with one another. TPNG members
thrive through generosity and camaraderie.
are that you have been an IT professional for at least 8 years and
are interested in actively networking with other IT professionals.
Membership is FREE and you will be expected to contribute by
providing job leads, networking assistance and participating in
meetings. If you are interested in joining TPNG, please send an
email message to our membership coordinator at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Attach your resume and let us know
who referred you or how you heard about TPNG.
There is a TPNG
LinkedIn group which is open to all TPNG members. You will receive
an invite within a week or two of your acceptance into TPNG. TPNG
is associated with the Technology Executives Networking Group
(TENG), a national organization. Philadelphia area members are
automatically accepted into TPNG and granted a subscription to this
PHILLYLEADS Yahoo group.
New Group 2012 Meeting for IT
Professionals at Drexel
Human Resources Association
monthly meetings in Exton
HR Networking (transition) Group meets
on 2nd Tuesday of each month at Patricia Schultz’s office in Exton –
Transitions group - Contact: George
Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association
Meet: Monthly on Tuesdays for networking meetings
in King of Prussia area.
HR (transition) Networking Group meets
on 1st Monday of each month. – on website click on events (its free)
, post resume and search for jobs, Free membership to main group
for those in transition.
Philadelphia Human Resource Planning
Network of HR professionals working as
business partners; Requests invitation or membership and offers
mentoring program. Yearly Leadership seminar, open to all.
Can post your resume and
have HR job listings.
Whine and Dine
HR Networking group meets monthly for
networking (not just people in transition) – dates change each
month, please check with website. Can sign up for Yahoo! or Facebook
group to get job leads
Primarily the information shared
here was gathered by
volunteers of Jump Start Your Job Search and is now
hosted on-line by
Villanova University College Outreach
(Connecting you to
Villanova programs, people and resources)
800 Lancaster Avenue,
Villanova, PA 19085-1690