CareerCatchers works to promote career stability and self-sufficiency for every client through individualized counseling, training, and support. Since 2007, CareerCatchers has provided one-on-one sustained guidance for some 2,000 low-income and otherwise disadvantaged local residents.
Our services are provided through the efforts of our Staff, Board of Directors, Volunteers, and Partners.
CAREER CATCHERS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
To support a full productive life for all with whom we come in contact, CareerCatchers champions policies and practices which empower a just, inclusive and equitable nation and recognize the dignity of all individuals. Our vision, programs, and mission build on the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe in being compassionate to all individuals. This belief informs our actions, including creating a racially equitable environment, and a feeling of inclusion and belonging for all of our clients, staff, volunteers, and board members.
CareerCatchers provides employment and job skills counseling to Montgomery County’s most vulnerable citizens, the very groups that are left behind when it comes to equitable job opportunities. Our clients are the underserved and the unemployed: domestic violence victims, homeless, foreign-born, the disabled, previously incarcerated, youth aging out of foster care, and disconnected youth. Our mission is to help these individuals find rewarding and sustainable jobs that provide dignity and a way out of poverty. We serve all groups without regard to race, gender, immigration status, disability, or income.
As an organization, CareerCatchers is attuned to the concept of racial equity. We have expanded our board and workforce to include individuals from diverse backgrounds, including our recent staff hires, our volunteers, and our internship programs, through which we hired and trained low-income immigrant youth for work at CareerCatchers. We collect information on our clients’ ethnicity in our CRM system, and use this as a guide to our performance in this area.
CareerCatchers' mission is to get every client into training and a long-term career by providing individualized employment and job skills counseling:
To ensure stable employment and upward mobility;
To identify and encourage participation in work skills and training programs;
To enhance self-esteem and foster empowerment.
About Our Services
We help our clients gain access to employment opportunities through teaching effective job search techniques, including networking and the use of on and off line resources. We draw upon community partnerships. In addition, we provide support to the newly employed to ensure they retain their jobs and advance in their positions. All clients are encouraged to seek career opportunities that lead to fulfilling their long-term goals and reaching their potential rather than accepting dead-end, entry-level positions.
MEET THE TEAM
Mariana A. McNeill
Mana is a Master Career Counselor who, with Ronnie Haber, co-founded CareerCatchers in 2007. From 2004-2007, she worked as a contractor to the Employment Initiative Program at the Housing Opportunities Commission. For the past twenty years she has been both employment counselor and executive coach working for both large corporations and on her own. Mana holds a B.A. and a M.A. in economics from Georgetown University and an M.A. in counseling from Seton Hall University.
Kunda has over ten years of career coaching, recruitment, community outreach and program management experience. She brings her considerable experience as career and life coach, recruiter, motivator and mentor to the vulnerable populations served by CareerCatchers. Ms. Kunda holds an M.A. in human resource management from Keller Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the City College of the City University of New York.
Chris provides IT and database support for CareerCatchers as well as job coaching services to clients. He holds a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary.