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EaRN Work Search Roundtable moves to TUESDAYS Sep 6th


After ten years meeting on Thursdays, the longest continuously running job club in West Michigan, EaRN Work Search Roundtable, has moved to Tuesdays, beginning September 6, 2011, the day after Labor Day.  Roundtable meets from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Spring Arbor University Grand Rapids Center in the Executive East Office Building, 1550 East Beltline SE, Suite 230.


Spring Arbor University in Grand Rapids has hosted this weekly coaching and support group throughout the past decade, and will continue to do so as Work Search Roundtable formally becomes another aspect of the ministry of EaRN Employment and Resource Network.  Work Search Roundtable was started by EaRN co-founder Ken Soper in the late 90's and has been continuously meeting supporting the work search activity and networking of 1000's of West Michiganders.  In September 2001, right after the 9/11 tragedies, Roundtable went online to expand the reach and connection of those seeking new work and gaining even when reemployed to remain employable; the Roundtable online presence continues here at the EaRN website and with a group on LinkedIn.  With the birth and recent growth of EaRN ministries at local churches, Work Search Roundtable has become EaRN Work Search Roundtable to indicate its enfolding into the EaRN ministry.


EaRN Work Search Roundtable at Spring Arbor's Grand Rapids Center is open to the public.  There is a nominal cost for each week’s session at the SAU-GR location.  However, for attendees who are coming by referral from EaRN Employment & Resource Network Affiliate organizations, there is only a donation suggested.  All contributions are tax deductible, however, and help the Roundtable support and encourage current and future job-seekers.


Individuals may register for the Spring Arbor University-hosted weekly event (except those weeks of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) by going to, clicking on the calendar date, then the event, and using the “Register Now” function at the bottom of the screen.
Several TV and radio stations as well as The Grand Rapids Press have done reports on this weekly event during the past decade. WOOD-TV 8 did a report on the Work Search Roundtables in early 2009. There’s the link: Networking is the key.
Additional EaRN Work Search Roundtables now meet:
- WEDNESDAY , 7-8:30pm, at EaRN Affiliate Blythefield Hills Baptist Church (Room 163), 6727 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341 (east off Northland Drive); more information is available at their website,, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Jeff Geshel, (616)  866-3556,
- WEDNESDAY meeting every other week, 9:30-10:30 am at  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) 676-9111 for more information, or contact their Career Transition / EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (616) 446-1873 (c),
- 2nd and 4th THURSDAY evenings at EaRN Affiliate Calvary Church, 707 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids MI (NW off the I-96/I-196 interchange at East Beltline NE), 7:00-8:00 pm; more information is available at their website,,  or contact Regina Scovill, (616) 956-9377,
Training is also available to churches and other non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate EaRN Work Search Roundtables as an integral part of building an EaRN Employment and Resource Network ministry and outreach through their churches.