Help for the Unemployed and Underemployed


Warren Knape has a passion for just such situations. For over 40 years he has worked as an independent recruiter for industry. He has had years of experience in interviewing and placing candidates. He is a matchmaker, of sorts, in the world of industry. Warren really cares about the people he is working for; both those in industry looking for the ideal candidate, and also those who are anxiously seeking employment. And over the years, he has come to understand what can best assist people in the search for satisfying employment. He has a passion for helping people to find, not just a job but a calling, to discover what they have a passion for. And so he began a ministry at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with just that intent.

The Parachute Group, (so named because the book –What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles is a resource that is used in the group), is a support group for the unemployed and underemployed seeking professional advice and support while they search for work. The group meets at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Monday nights at 7 pm and is open to the public. Warren smiles when speaking of those who attend. It is apparent that the group is not for slackers. It is a gathering for people who are serious about their job search. The group holds its members accountable. There is an expectation that the tools that are shared at the meetings will be put to good use. And the method is proving effective. There have been several recent champagne/sparkling cider celebrations as members have found employment. 

If you or someone you care about is struggling to find work, why not suggest they give the Parachute Group a try? There will be a warm welcome and some good advice waiting.

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