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JFCS Career Counselors in the Community

Our Career Development Center at JFCS works hard to meet clients where they are at–both in their job search process but also physically in the city! Clients have the option to meet with our career counselors in person at the office in Squirrel Hill or virtually online. But did you know that we also are in the community throughout the week? 

For clients who don’t live close to Squirrel Hill but want to meet in person, we offer off-site locations throughout the week and partner with community organizations who can also provide important resources to job-seekers. Learn more about our off-site Career Development Center locations!



North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO)–Allison Park

Every other Tuesday, George Ponticello holds office hours at NHCO–Allison Park to better serve clients in the North Hills region. This is just one of several off-site locations JFCS partners with NHCO to host. There, job seekers can also access all of NHCO’s services including a food pantry, tax help, utility assistance, and more. 

North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO)–North Boroughs

On opposite Tuesdays, George holds office hours at NHCO–North Boroughs in Bellevue. This office is easy for walk-in appointments, as it is on a bus line through the northwestern part of the city. While George helps with career development and job searches, clients who come to this location and are in the NHCO service area can also access their other services including a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, free tax prep, and more. 

Literacy Pittsburgh

On Tuesdays, job seekers can meet with career counselor Maggie Lizzi at Literacy Pittsburgh’s office downtown. While this location primarily serves English-language learners and others working to get their GEDs, it can be a convenient location for anyone where downtown is an easy place to get to. Because Literacy Pittsburgh focuses on helping immigrants and refugees, as well as those looking to obtain a high school degree, it’s a helpful location for clients who may need language or education assistance. 



UPMC Health Plan Neighborhood Center

Every Wednesday, JFCS career specialists Justin Kelly and Chris Rippee staff hours at UPMC Health Plan’s new Neighborhood Center in East Liberty. This provides a convenient location with free and easy parking, plus quick access to a bus line, for job seekers on the east side of the city. In addition to career and supportive services through both JFCS and PA Women Work, the Center also has a food pantry and offers help through UPMC and other community organizations. 

Duquesne University

Through Duquesne’s Career Services Office, JFCS career counselor Lisa Lenhart staffs off-site hours every Wednesday on campus. Although these services are for Duquesne students, Lisa also works closely with college students and other job seekers that have invisible disabilities through the JFCS EmployAble program. At Duquesne, Lisa works together with the Career Services Office to provide webinars and workshops, as well as supporting professors and other staff in working with neurodiverse students on campus. In many cases, Lisa continues to work with the students in EmployAble even after graduation to support them in ongoing career development. 



Mt. Lebanon Public Library

On Thursday, job seekers can meet with career counselor Pam Harris at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library. This location is designed to serve clients in the South Hills area, although appointments are recommended to meet with Pam there. The library provides a great location for job seekers to meet with Pam, as well as use the library computers, look for helpful books to enrich and gain skills, and connect with other resources housed and advertised in the library. 



North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO)–Millvale

Every other Friday, JFCS career specialist Jeanne Williams is at NHCO’s Millvale location. This location tends to have some walk-in clients, although many job seekers schedule appointments to meet with her there. Like NHCO’s other locations, job seekers that live within NHCO’s service area can access many resources beyond career help, which Jeanne can help refer them to, including a food pantry, tax help, benefits applications, and rent and utility assistance. 

Carnegie Borough Building

On opposite Fridays, Jeanne staffs hours at the Carnegie Borough building, great for job seekers who live on the west side of the city. Clients who meet with her there are encouraged to schedule appointments. Job seekers in the Carnegie region can also easily get connected to other community resources like Salvation Army and Three Rivers Community Care or just city initiatives for Carnegie, as the local leaders and stakeholders are invested in the services JFCS provides for job seekers.


These community-based office hours are just one of the many ways that JFCS Career Development Center works to meet the needs of job seekers. Our staff are knowledgeable, kind, and well-connected to employers in the region. Our in-person locations provide easy access for appointments whether you reside west, north, south, or east of the city—or you can choose to meet virtually with any of our counselors.

To learn more about our career services or see how we can help you with the job search process, contact us at cdc@jfcspgh.org!