Employment Support Center

501 4th St NW
Washington DC  20001

Phone: (202) 628-2919

Employment Support Center

The Employment Support Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization
founded in April 1984 by Ellie Wegener, a journalist who previously launched the highly successful Neighborhood Watch Program.

The Employment Support Center (“ESC”) trains community leaders to establish and run self-help support groups for the unemployed and the under-employed. The ESC approach is unique: help the unemployed help each other, by bringing them together to swap job leads and contacts (not applicable to themselves), and to provide mutual support during what is likely to be one of the most stressful pursuits in a person’s life: looking for a job.

The job-swapping process increases the efficiency of the job-hunting process for everyone in a group, and when successful, not only gives the new job-holder cause for celebration, it provides a real boost in self-esteem for the person providing the successful lead. Since ESC’s creation, numerous employment support group members have reported finding a new job thanks to a lead provided by a fellow group member.

In contrast to private employment agencies responsible to employers, the ESC groups and their facilitators are responsible solely to the group members. Participants are free to “let their hair down” and discuss their plans, hopes and fears with others in the same boat. This environment helps job-seekers regain and maintain their self-esteem at a time when they’re likely to experience a great deal of rejection and self-doubt.

In addition to providing mutual support for job seekers, the ESC group meetings regularly feature speakers who help members hone their practical job search skills: resume writing; networking; accessing the hidden job market; and interviewing. If needed, ESC groups can get training on using the Internet as a job search tool.

The groups are kept small so that each member’s opportunities for participation are maximized. When a group regularly draws more than 15 participants, an attempt is made to start a new group.

ESC has benefited throughout its history from the work of many committed volunteers. Volunteers have served as ESC group facilitators, publicity officers, board members, job liaisons, speakers; office assistants; researchers, statisticians, bookkeepers, and fundraisers.


Serving job-seekers and employers in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.

A non-profit corporation, the Employment Support Center assists job seekers and those in career transition through self-help groups, job bank and training job search related skills.

Helping People Help Each Other – Sharing & Networking for Career Success

ESC is committed to serving as a leader to empower people seeking a new job or career transition. ESC helps members develop their strengths, talents, and inner resources to build

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Founded: Ellie Wegener 1984

Categories: Community Organization




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Past Events

Special ESC support group meeting

Special ESC support group meeting
07:00 pm - 04/13/2015

At Employment Support Center

This week Ellie Wegener, ESC founder will moderate our meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Ellie and benefit from her experience of the local job market...

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