Downingtown-Based Nonprofit Grew Out of a Need to Help the Unemployed

Image via Joseph's People.

Joseph’s People, a Downingtown-based nonprofit, has been very successful in helping unemployed and under-employed people find work, writes Gina Christian for

The nonprofit was founded 24 years ago by Joan McCrea, a catechist at St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown. When she realized that many of her teenage students had unemployed parents, McCrea teamed up with Msgr. Robert McManus and businesswoman Cheryl Spaulding to establish a ministry that provides both practical and prayer support.

Since then, the nonprofit has opened 10 chapters in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Berks counties. There is also a chapter in Pittsburgh. Since 1995, according to the group’s records, more than 5,000 people have benefited from their involvement with Joseph’s People.

The meetings are open to all. They provide educational and motivational support to job seekers and members are also helped with their resumes.

Among the group’s leaders are business owners, management and human resource consultants, and financial executives serving on a volunteer basis.

Ernest Russom III, board member and co-chair of the central Delaware County chapter, emphasized that “rather than simply list your jobs, tell me instead what you accomplished, and give me a targeted resume that describes your attributes so the hiring manager can understand.”

Read more about Joseph’s People at here.

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