History of Jobs Partnership

The Jobs Partnership was founded on the idea that relationships are key to changing and improving lives. It is fitting that the organization was founded through one such dynamic friendship.

In 1996, white businessman Chris Mangum of C. C. Mangum Inc., met African-American pastor Reverend Donald McCoy of Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ while Mangum’s company was paving McCoy’s church parking lot. The two forged a friendship fueled by their religious faith and their mutual desire for racial reconciliation. They made a commitment to develop their own relationship by meeting weekly for lunch and prayer. One day over lunch Mangum told McCoy of his pressing need for reliable employees, noting that many of his larger trucks were parked due to a lack of drivers. McCoy knew of capable men and women in his own congregation who were in need of work.

The two saw an opportunity to help each other-and their neighbors-through a partnership of businesses and churches. They each promised to recruit 12 friends, business people and pastors from their respective communities, who would commit to a common mission of reaching out to, mentoring, training and employing unemployed and underemployed residents of Raleigh, NC. Together this group set out to create the first Jobs Partnership; they formed a Steering Committee with eight pastors and different races and denominations, and seven representative business leaders. And the rest is history with classes conducted in many cities across the USA and people taking the necessary steps in order for them to become not only more employable, but valued employees.