Gloucester Social Services opens career center to help job seekers

by Melany Slaughter - Posted on Feb 12, 2020 - 04:48 PM

Photo: A new service is available in Gloucester to job seekers and employers. The Community Outreach Site opened last fall at Gloucester Social Services. Shown at the office are, front row from left: Benefit Program Specialist Michaela Preyer, Assistant Director Jackie Morande, Community Relations Coordinator Lisa Taylor with the Virginia Career Works Hampton Center, Benefit Program Supervisor Sandy Vernon; back row, Self-Sufficiency Specialists Sandra DeMet and Marcus Anthony and Director Lisa Kersey.

A new service is available in Gloucester to job seekers and employers. The Community Outreach Site opened last fall at Gloucester Social Services. Shown at the office are, front row from left: Benefit Program Specialist Michaela Preyer, Assistant Director Jackie Morande, Community Relations Coordinator Lisa Taylor with the Virginia Career Works Hampton Center, Benefit Program Supervisor Sandy Vernon; back row, Self-Sufficiency Specialists Sandra DeMet and Marcus Anthony and Director Lisa Kersey.

Gloucester Social Services has a new service available to the community to help employers, workers and job seekers with career services.

Gloucester Social Services has partnered with Virginia Career Works-Greater Peninsula Region in Hampton to create the Community Outreach Site, which opened up last fall.

Trained individuals at Gloucester Social Services are qualified to assist job seekers with job applications, building resumes, creating cover letters, navigating the state job bank and anything else job related. They also offer help with using computers, fax machines and printers.

“We’re here to help,” said Michaela Preyer, Benefit Program Specialist at Gloucester Social Services.

Gloucester Social Services is one of 30 Community Outreach Sites in Virginia. “We’re so happy and honored that Gloucester came aboard,” said Lisa Taylor, Community Relations Coordinator at the Hampton Center of Virginia Career Works. 

“All the services are free to job seekers and businesses,” Taylor said. The goal for the site is to help people start careers “to sustain themselves and their families,” according to Sandy Vernon, Benefit Program Specialist at Gloucester Social Services. 

Anyone can go to Gloucester Social Services and use the two kiosks at the Community Outreach Site anytime that the office is open. Gloucester Social Services offers assistance for the Community Outreach Site Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until noon.  

The Virginia Career Center in Hampton offers more services including on-the-job training and business services for employers.