Unique and effective employment resources.

Our Work Search Roundtable & NetWork 2 NewWork events help you sustain your career & employers find talent!

Work Search Roundtables: team-focused help to find work and stay employable!



These sessions make them the longest, continuously meeting job clubs and support groups in West Michigan–-8000+ have attended sessions–-at two locations on different days of the week.  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 these weekly events during the past decade, including WOOD-TV 8.  Since the fall of 2001 these events have met weekly for two hours at local sites in metro Grand Rapids. 


A third weekly event, at Spring Arbor University's Grand Rapids learning site on Tuesdays, merged with the Thursday one (see below) in April 2014 to relocate it to downtown Grand Rapids at Westminster Presbyterian Church, giving more people easier access to the event throughout the West Michigan region.  The Wednesday event at St. Robert of Newminster in Ada have been meeting every other week since the fall of 2010.


Those who participate in Roundtables and the NetWork 2 NetWork events can also join the LinkedIn group, NetWork 2 NewWork (NW2NW).

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=> WEDNESDAY every other week, 9:30-11:30 am EaRN Affiliate St Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan.  The meeting is in the Parish Adult Lounge. See their site or call them,, (616) 676-nine111 for more information, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (616) 446-one873 (c), weitzelwj (at)

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=> THURSDAY every week, 9:00-11:00 am, at EaRN Affiliate Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Grand Rapids, 47 Jefferson SE (except major holidays on Thursdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, and when New Year’s is a Thursday).  For more information, contact Westminster, (616) 456-one456, or email beckyw (a) Their website is

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Other resources include:

Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341 (east off Northland Drive) provides one-on-one coaching and counsel (by appointment)  for those in work search transition. More information is available at their website,, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Jeff Geshel, (616) 866-three556, jeff (at)

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The EaRN ministry continues to focus on “helping people find work and stay employable”, and look for churches, interested individuals, and non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate EaRN ministry which could include a Work Search Roundtable.  More information about EaRN can be found at, or contact Ken (6one6) 528-zero443, ksoper (at)

NetWork 2 NewWork: "Keep Calm and SWOT Yourself", Tuesday, January 19, 2016



Annually we all make resolutions of one kind or another, especially at the New Year…even Captain Kirk.  Actually achieving them?  Well, that’s another matter, isn’t it?

Join us for NetWork 2 NewWork on Tuesday, January 19th, 5:00-8:00 pm, at St. Adalbert’s Church, to “SWOT yourself”, a guided look at your professional and personal milestones in light of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  The outcome will kickstart your plans for 2016 to help you meet your goals during the coming year.

The presenters are Toni Todd, MA (Testing Coordinator, Grand Valley State University), and Ken Soper, MDiv, MA (Master Career Counselor, EaRN Employment and Resource Network).


More information and the "red button" to RSVP is at

November 17 2015 NetWork 2 NewWork in Ada



“Visible Networking, No Hiding Out: Get Set for the Season”

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

St Robert of Newminster Church, 6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 49301


Every day of the year is a good day for networking. One time of the year is particularly good to do so but is often overlooked—the days from Halloween through Thanksgiving to Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s weekend. Unfortunately, many of us “hide out” like our scared turkey during the holidays, figuring there’s nothing one can do during the holidays to help sustain one’s career, seek new opportunities, or even help in our community.

If you’ve been a “masked bird” in prior years, don’t let that happen as 2015 comes to a close.

Come join us Tuesday evening, November 17th, at St Robert of Newminster Church, 6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 49301, for an interactive evening of coaching, holiday preparation, and helping some kids have a better Christmas so that the finish to your 2015 is on a high note, in the spirit of the gift-giving season. Doing so will also help you leap into the New Year, ready to see your career and work flourish as you connect and share contacts and ideas.