BJHSG was co-founded by the Rev. Carol Cook and Nancy Jeannechild as a ministry of First Christian Church in Baltimore’s Roland Park neighborhood. The first meeting was held in November 2011. Since that day, BJHSG continues to meet each Tuesday at 1 PM. In 2015, Ms. Jeannechild found a position and Janet Glover-Kerkvliet volunteered to co-facilitate the group, along with Rev. Cook. In January 2017, First Christian Church became the Corner Community Center, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization. When Rev. Cook retired from active ministry in 2017, Ms. Glover-Kerkvliet took on the role of Director of BJHSG.
Janet Glover-Kerkvliet, NCC, LCPC-S, GCDF is a career development facilitator and adult and couples therapist who currently practices at Core Counseling Services in Timonium, MD. She is a Certified Prepare/Enrich Premarital/Marital Facilitator and an Imago Relationship Therapist. Ms. Glover-Kerkvliet has experience counseling clients dealing with life/career issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, co-occurring disorders, addiction recovery. She facilitates counseling groups and workshops designed to assist people with relationship issues, employment barriers, racial microaggressions, and other mental health concerns. As Director of the Baltimore Job Hunters Support Group, she received a 2017-2018 Baltimore Corps Elevation Award to expand the group’s service offerings. Ms. Glover-Kerkvliet is an advocate for the Healthy Workplace/Anti-Bullying Bill and legislative measures that assist long-term unemployed workers. She is the former program director of the Family Employment and Support Program at the Circuit Court for Baltimore County and GenesisJobs/Goodwill Industries.
To increase HOPE (Happiness, Opportunities, Positivity, Encouragement) for all job seekers, with emphasis on the long-term unemployed by providing emotional, psychological and, if requested, spiritual support, along with information, referral, and customized strategies, to help the un(der)employed maintain resilience, energy, and self-confidence as they strive to acquire a successful job/career.