808 S. East Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone: (708) 848-2703
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Work / Career Ministry
Anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or seeking
career change is invited to our Job Support Group for the Oak Park
community. The Career Ministry Group meets every Saturday morning
at 7:30 AM in the Parish Center. For more information click on the link
This article appeared in the Ascension Parish Newsletter: In Service in February 2009.
The CAPA (Confidential Ascension Parish Assistance) leadership group is also happy that we have a well-formed jobs ministry at Ascension already. Kurt Mackey has been leading a Saturday morning group for over four years. Kurt says, “Probably two or three hundred people have come through the program in that time. Some of them are casual lookers and they don’t stay. This is not a casual group.”
The group gathers on Saturday mornings at 7:30. “The time is by design,” Kurt continues. “We are not interested in convenient job seekers. Sometimes people drop in, just coming to explore. Others come so that I’ll find them a job. That’s not how we work.”
The ministry has three guiding principals: it provides a safe place; it encourages participants to construct and maintain priorities; it holds them accountable. “We don’t get together to whine; we have homework,” Kurt says.
He has seen a definite increase in attendance in the last months. Where they used to have five to ten weekly participants, they now have ten to twenty. But with the greater rate of participation comes a greater rate of success. “Our rule is that if you get a job, you bring us a box of doughnuts. Some weeks, we have eight or nine boxes -- a great measure of our success. Over the years we’ve probably eaten more than a hundred boxes of doughnuts!”
The ministry tends to serve educated professionals who are temporarily out of work. Kurt explains, “There are many programs for the chronically unemployed; and people at the very high end can buy themselves help. We have found our niche in between those two ends.”
For more information, come to the Parish Office at 7:30 on Saturday morning.
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