SOMERSET – With New Jersey’s unemployment rate at 10 percent, non-profit and religious organizations are doing their part to help the jobless find work and provide spiritual support at the same time.
The Central Jersey Community Development Corporation (CJCDC) is hosting a “Service of Hope and Healing” Wednesday, March 3.
There will be job fair from 3-6 p.m. featuring 14 companies; a resume-writing workshop from 4-5 p.m.; an interviewing-skills workshop from 5-6 p.m. and a worship service from 7-8:45 p.m. All events are free, open to the public and will take place at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (FBCLG), 771 Somerset Street, Somerset.
The 14 companies have 150 open positions between them and company representatives hope to fill those jobs with job fair attendees, said Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., CEO of the CJCDC, which is the non-profit arm of FBCLG.
“We want people to be inspired because for many, this can be a significantly emotionally challenging time, and we want people to be informed about the various employment opportunities that will be present at the event,” Soaries said.
The confirmed companies are Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, CareOne, Merck, Somerset Medical Center, BKW Transformation Group, Brothers International, the New Jersey State Police, New Brunswick Fire Department, Princeton University, Metro Public Adjustment, 5LINX, Westin Jersey City, Prudential and Wachovia.
“We will have Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. Companies can conduct private interviews and hire people on the spot,” said Charles Brown, chair of the outreach committee, which is responsible for recruiting companies to participate. “People will learn how to structure their resumes and about key interview questions.”
Soaries hopes to reach 1,000 members of the community with the job fair and service. After the job fair, a worship service will take place in which pastors from Somerset and Middlesex counties will pray for issues related to unemployment, such as stress, fear, staying healthy and foreclosures.
Some of the participating churches include Abundant Life Worship Center in New Brunswick, North Stelton AME Church in Piscataway, Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plainfield, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Edison, New Hope Baptist Church in Metuchen and Somerset Baptist Church in Somerset.
Central Jersey Community Development Corporation (CJCDC), formerly known as First Baptist Community Development Corporation (FBCDC), is one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive and holistically-run community development organizations. Founded in 1992 by Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Ph.D., and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-sectarian organization, the CJCDC has a long history of helping vulnerable communities in New Jersey transition from social and economically warped – zones to neighborhoods that now project economic growth, sustainability, and empowerment of its residents.
For more information, call 1-732- 828-2009.
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