Serving the Texas Gulf Coast for over 56 years
The Power + Purpose of Work Transforms Lives
Since its establishment in 1965, SERJobs has transformed and expanded, helping individuals from low-income communities transform their lives through education, training, employment, and financial empowerment services. SERJobs has locations in Houston, Galveston and Fort Bend, serving individuals in need in over 13 counties across the Texas Gulf Coast.
Who We Serve
SERJobs serves primarily diverse low-income adults, U.S. veterans, formerly incarcerated adults, and young adults from ages 16 to 24 with innovative programs leveraging education, employment and empowerment.
OF OUR MEMBERS MAKE $25,000 OR LESS ANNUAL INCOME
- MALE 60% 60%
- FEMALE 40% 40%
Race + Ethnicity
48.3% African American
2.2% Asian American
The Need For Middle-Skill Jobs
Middle-skills jobs (i.e., jobs requiring a high school diploma and some postsecondary education or training but not a bachelor’s degree) pay family-sustaining wages and offer career pathways with opportunities for advancement. Nearly 1 million Houstonians lack the qualifications to fill these positions!
SERJobs bridges the gap between existing worker skillsets and skills that are needed to enter careers that pay living wages. Our services are offered at no cost to members. We partner with employers to curate training programs to fit the community’s needs and ensure SERJobs members are competitive candidates in today’s job market.
Champion Success Stories
Our Champions are the greatest demonstration of SERJob’s impact – get inspired by their stories!
Lucretia’s Story: Never Too Late to Start Again
Lucretia was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for over 34 years, after her retirement she decided that she didn’t just want to sit at home she wanted to give back to her...
Esvin’s Story: Realizing His Dream
In Esvin B.’s own words. Hello, my name is Esvin B. I’m 29, and the oldest of two. Growing up, I never had a stable home. We would move from friends’ houses to womens’ shelters...
Kenneth’s Story: Charting a New Career
Kenneth H., a recent graduate of SER’s Galveston freight broker training program, spent years working as a graveyard tow-truck driver with the desire to find a career pathway...
Julian’s Story: Stepping Up to Inspire
Role Model, Mentor, and Inspirational Big Brother “Today, I understand the role I play as the older brother of seven,” said Julian, “if you asked me that a few months ago, I...
KJ’s Story: Employed + Empowered
Kenneth (KJ) has overcome enormous obstacles in his quest for success. Born at Jefferson Davis Hospital in downtown Houston, KJ grew up in the Acres Homes neighborhood of...
Michelle’s Story: Second Chances Start Here
Michelle K. initially came to SERJobs for a Community Job Fair in late 2020. She had recently been released from incarceration and was interested in obtaining her CDL. Within a...