fresh start job program
Fresh Start is a job search assistance ministry. The program is designed to aid job seekers by identifying client skills and interests, assisting with resume and interview advice and connecting them to appropriate job listings and career training opportunities.
Fresh Start maintains an office in the CCC administration building (115 North 13th Street, Leesburg). The office has two computers available for clients to use for resume development. The office is staffed by job counselors and is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and at other times by appointment.
Fresh Start Ministry began in 2008 when the National and Central Florida economies had taken a major downturn and unemployment reached historical heights. We rolled up our sleeves and got to work helping those in our area who had suffered layoffs and job terminations due to difficult economic conditions. Fresh Start currently has 100 active clients.
Counsel with those searching for a job
Assist with GED preparation classes
Assist with resume building
Contact local businesses for job leads
Regularly contact clients with job opportunities matching their individual skill sets
Office staff to help with client record keeping
Partner financially to help a client develop a resume, give job skill training or provide a seminar to equip job seekers via donations to the Christian Care Center
The Fresh Start staff consists of five volunteer positions:
Director: oversees all operations of Fresh start, its programs and facilities
Jobs Counselor: Assists job seekers through counseling, resume review, interview strategies and job search techniques
GED Preparation Counselor: Plans, prepares, counsels and instructs clients in preparing to take GED tests
GED Preparation Assistant Counselor: Helps the GED Counselor plan, prepare and instruct clients in GED Preparation classes
Office Assistant: Performs office administrative functions to assist in the planning and delivery of the Fresh Start Job Program
GED Prep Program
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Many job seekers find themselves faced with challenges, including layoffs and terminations. Job seekers meet with Fresh Start counselors who assess their education, skill set and personal interests, to help them decide what types of positions would best suit each individual. We offer assistance with improving resumes, sharpening interviewing skills and presenting a professional appearance.
Counselors then connect clients with community agencies to help them build resumes, find job leads and select jobs best suited to their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Several GED Preparatory Classes are held on campus to prepare clients to pass the GED Tests.
We connect clients with seminars/webinars designed to give job seekers tools to more effectively market themselves and their skills.
Fresh Start maintains a comprehensive job search website with articles on employment search topics, links to job search websites, local resources, assessment tools and advice for job seekers.
Fresh Start Counselors also help job seekers with troubled backgrounds by connecting them with Federal Bonding Programs and Sealing and Expunging Programs to help them overcome criminal records.
Director | Fresh Start Job Program
Joe has served with Fresh Start since 2010 as a liaison, connecting campus ministries and community agencies with Fresh Start services, and he became the Director of Fresh Start in 2020. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and teaches alongside his wife, Jackie, at the Men’s Residence and Women’s Care Center. Joe and Jackie have been married for 33 years and have a son in Alaska and a son and daughter in Michigan.