November Featured Mission Partner: Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center (CRC) is another agency that was founded right here at First Pres. It began in the late 1980s as a temporary measure to provide employment assistance to white collar workers during a recession, but it soon became apparent this type of service was needed on an ongoing basis. The CRC was established as an independent nonprofit in 1990.

Since its inception, the CRC has provided job search assistance for more than 13,000 individuals, primarily from Lake, DuPage and northern Cook counties. CRC offers individualized coaching services by industry professionals and an ongoing menu of programs and workshops at a minimum cost to participants. The success rate of those who participate in the program averages almost 80 percent. The success of CRC’s model is based on their volunteer Advisors who provide the coaching. CRC recruits top notch, highly-experienced executives, and professionals who are committed to helping those in job transition. Many have served in significant management positions with Fortune 500 companies, mid- and small-sized companies, career management organizations, and executive search firms.

First Pres’s Mission Committee has been an ongoing supporter of the CRC with annual financial grants. First Pres member Sue Dye is a long time member of CRC’s Board of Directors. For more information or to volunteer, visit or contact Executive Director Kristina Phillips at or call 847.295.5626.