Careers
& Employment

Gesher helps people across metro Detroit find personal fulfillment and financial stability through meaningful employment.

Whether you’re just entering the job market or returning to it after a significant gap, have recently lost your job, or are simply looking to make a change, Gesher offers career development support in a variety of settings and formats to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

We’re here to help you make your career goals a reality through personalized career coaching, technical skills training, networking opportunities and job placement services. 

Waterford

Oakland County
Michigan Works!

Michigan Works! provides jobseekers the support, training, and services they need to get back to work, find new employment, obtain necessary credentials, and more. Our team also offers businesses customized recruitment solutions to help them source and train staff.

Collingwood

Detroit at Work

Detroit at Work provides information for jobseekers and employers on in-demand career pathways and training programs that are aligned to jobs in growing career sectors.

Career Counseling Services

Find the Right Career Fit

We will work with you to develop a personalized plan based on your individual goals, interests, skills, motivators, and unique work styles so you can make informed decisions about your future.

Career Counseling will help you to:

  • Identify long- and short-term career goals
  • Analyze your skills, interests, style, and values
  • Take individualized assessments (i.e., Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory, etc.)
  • Develop a plan to reach your goals
  • Make decisions based on market trends

We can meet in person or virtually.

Identify your skills, strengths, interests, abilities, personal style and values
Receive expert interpretation on assessments to help you identify the right roles
Clarify your career goals and develop a proactive plan to find the right position

Job Search Services

Launch Your New Career

Need help with your job search or exploring a new career? We can help you successfully find employment with expert job search support that helps you stand out in a crowd, perfect your resume, nail your interview, get hired, and advance your career. Our Certified Professional Resume Writers can help with:

  • Job Search Strategies
  • Resume Development
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Using & Optimizing LinkedIn
  • Leveraging Your Network
  • Interview Preparation
  • Salary Negotiation

Schedule your appointment with a career expert today

Hermelin ORT Computer Training

Computer knowledge is vital in many jobs and careers. Let us help you learn the skills necessary for your next career opportunity, from computer basics, to office & computer essentials, to our drop-in computer labs.

Online classes also available.

For more information or to register for a class, contact Dave Rotter at [email protected] or (248) 233-4243.

Learn the basic computer fundamentals and skills you need for work, school, and life.
Essentials for job seekers looking to learn how to use programs like Microsoft Excel.
Visit our drop-in Southfield Computer Lab on Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Women to Work

The Women to Work program is a free 4-week group program for women who have been out of the workforce and want assistance in returning. Women will receive:

  • Vocational Assessments
  • Networking Assistance
  • Resume Writing and Interviewing Support
  • Discussions on Stress Management
  • Financial Management and Budgeting Assistance

Additionally, our Springboard to Success program combines the Women to Work program with hands-on Microsoft Office computer training.

For more information, contact Judy Richmond at [email protected] or 248-233-4232.

JOIN Internship Program

College students build their professional network and strengthen their resume through an 8-week paid summer internship. The JOIN Internship Program offers valuable work experience, educational seminars, and learning opportunities centered around the Jewish community. Students will work alongside Jewish communal professionals in the following disciplines:

  • Nonprofit Business Administration
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Research and Program Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Community Outreach and Advocacy
  • Development and Fundraising

Openings are limited. Open to Jewish, full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are metro Detroit residents. For more information, contact Ashley Moser at [email protected] or (248) 233-4482.

New Experiences Internship Program

This program provides job seekers, 18 years and over, who have experienced long-term unemployment, underemployment, or a lack of marketable work skills, an opportunity to build their skills while participating in a paid internship. Interns are required to identify an employer that fits their skills and is open to hosting an intern.  For more information, contact Gerard Baltrusaitis at [email protected] or 248-233-4288.

Employment Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Gesher is committed to helping adults and youth with disabilities achieve long-term success and fulfillment by helping them identify their employment strengths, interests, and skills needed to find and maintain employment.

Individuals are offered the option to work or volunteer in their community with ongoing support from Gesher staff at every step of the process. 

We strive to help individuals with disabilities become independent and more fully integrated into their communities through our comprehensive array of employment services.

Supported Employment and Skill Building

We directly assist individuals with disabilities as they find and maintain a job that fits their skills, interests, and abilities through on-going job coaching and personalized support to help build their professional toolkit.

Oakland County
Ted Goewey
[email protected]
(248) 233-4334

Wayne County
Eugene Jones [email protected]
(313) 446-8023

Vocational Rehab

Through Gesher’s Vocational Rehabilitation services, adults and youth with disabilities interested in working independently benefit from customized employment, assessments, internships, workshops, and job placement and coaching services. This program is generally funded by Michigan Rehabilitation Services, the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, private insurance or self-pay.

Macomb & Oakland
Rene Dell, MA, LPC, NCC, CRC
[email protected]
(248) 233-4448

Wayne County
Danita Love-Carter, MA, CRC
[email protected]
(313) 446-8013

AbilityOne

AbilityOne Program is one of the largest sources of jobs for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. Participants can leverage AbilityOne-learned skills in public and private sector jobs and enjoy full participation in their community.

Ticket to Work

 In partnership with the Social Security Administration, the Ticket to Work program provides a path to employment for individuals receiving SSDI and/or SSI. The program is free, voluntary, and helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence. For more information, contact Sherrie James at [email protected] or (248) 233-4472.

Hear From Your Neighbors

I am usually the one fighting for myself, but I actually had people that were in my corner rooting and fighting for me. I honestly don’t know how I could ever repay the generosity and financial relief that I received from Gesher.

KPC

Next Event

06May
Homebuyer Education
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Homebuyer Education

Life Skills & Education

Taught by Gesher Human Service’s HUD certified homebuyer education counselors, you will learn about the entire homebuying process, including credit education, how to qualify for a mortgage, mortgage terminology, proper home maintenance and how to avoid foreclosure.

$50 fee per household. This class is also approved for the MSHDA Down Payment Assistance Program.

Date and Time: May 6 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm (held in person at Gesher Human Services in Southfield)

Registration: To register for a Homebuyer Education class, contact us at [email protected] or 248-233-4299.

Upcoming Events

06May
Professional Branding on Social Media
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Professional Branding on Social Media

Life Skills & Education

Elevate your online presence! This workshop equips you with strategies to build a strong professional brand and stand out on social media.

Date and Time: Monday, May 6 at 10:00am – Virtual

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuceChqDguE9EA_gUwQGt1iC0rJ1xSUXa2

09May
How to Perform an Online Job Search
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How to Perform an Online Job Search

Life Skills & Education

This 90-minute in-person workshop will cover all aspects of an online job search including:

  • How to find and apply for jobs online using Google.com and Indeed.com
  • Applying at portals and/or the actual company’s website
  • The importance of having a good, updated custom résumé and cover letter

Date and Time: May 9, 2024 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: Gesher Human Services – 29699 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

No Registration Required.

13May
Office & Computer Essentials
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Office & Computer Essentials

Life Skills & Education

Date & Time: 1 pm to 3:30 pm; Monday May 13, Wednesday May 15, Monday May 20, Wednesday May 22, Wednesday May 29, Monday June 3, Wednesday June 5, Monday June 10, Monday June 17, Monday June 24, Wednesday June 26, Monday July 1

Where: Gesher Human Services, 29699 Southfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48076

Office and Computer Essentials: Microsoft Word and Excel
Helping Job Seekers Learn Microsoft Word and Excel

This class is designed for job seekers wanting to gain office computer skills for increased confidence and preparedness to enter or re-enter the workplace.

Students will learn how to:

  • Create and edit Word and Excel files
  • Format text in Word
  • Create headers and footers in a Word document
  • Create basic Excel worksheets
  • Use simple formulas in Excel
  • Create PDF files
  • Move files to and from a flash drive


After completing this class, the student will:

  • Be more confident in their job search for a position that requires proficiency in Word or Excel.
  • Be able to create custom resumes and write custom cover letters.
  • Have obtained the general computer skills that are expected of an applicant for an entry level office position.

Students must be able to learn independently in a classroom or group setting. Course prerequisites include basic keyboarding, email, and internet access, and access to a computer for practice. Taught by an engaging and experienced instructor.

Fee: $499. Full and partial scholarships are available. Students must fill out an Enrollment Application form to qualify for a scholarship.

Registration: Download an Enrollment Application form (click here) and email it to [email protected] or call Dave Rotter at 248-233-4243.

14May
Resume Writing Workshop
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Resume Writing Workshop

Life Skills & Education

Join Gesher Human Services for a free Resume Writing Workshop by Certified Professional Resume Writers. Gain valuable tips and tools to write a dynamic resume.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for free 1-on-1 resume assistance at the conclusion of the workshop.

Date and Time: May 14, 2024 at 10:00am

Location: At Gesher Human Services – 29699 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

Registration: https://jlive.app/events/7210

17May
Successful Interviewing
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Successful Interviewing

Life Skills & Education

Conquer your interview anxiety and land your dream job! This workshop equips you with the skills and confidence to shine in your next interview.

Date and Time: Friday, May 17 at 11:00 am – Virtual

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrdeutqzspGN0dxWBmtuj_YOtQVCvPLieh

Take the first step toward a more stable and fulfilling life