Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ)


Mindy Eales, Workforce Development Supervisor

Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  and by appointment

Phone Number:  (419) 623-4437
Fax Number:  (419) 238-6060

To Increase the employment, retention, earnings and occupational skills of our Job Seekers. To assist Employers in finding and retaining qualified workers. Call the office nearest you for complete details, or visit ohiomeansjobs.com. 
Area 8 Information:  

CCMEP Youth Program:
The Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program is for eligible youth between the ages of 14-24 that can receive assistance with obtaining their high school diploma or GED, developing employability skills, obtaining work experience and soft skills and more through the following services:

  • Paid or unpaid work experience
  • Occupational skills training
  • Integrated education and training
  • Labor market information
  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training
  • Supportive services
  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Tutoring, Study skills and dropout recovery services
  • Leadership development activities
  • Adult mentoring
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  • Follow up services

For more information on the CCMEP program call 419-623-4437.

Employer Services:
OhioMeansJobs Van Wert County works to promote a workforce system that offers individuals, employers and the community the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. Our goal is to help employers find and retain skilled workers and help job seekers find employment. We offer the following services FREE to local employers:

  • Job posting assistance – Job Order Form Document (Print Version) and submit to mindy.eales@jfs.ohio.gov  
  • Recruitment Assistance including distribution and collection of resumes
  • Available space for job fairs and interviews
  • On the Job Training – contact Mindy Eales at mindy.eales@jfs.ohio.gov for more information
  • Labor Market Information
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Job Seeker Services
Job searching can be overwhelming and confusing, we have multiple resources available to job seekers free of charge.

  • Monthly Job list
  • Computers with internet access
  • Career information
  • Monthly Workshops
  • Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
  • Labor Market information
  • Training Assistance

Click here for OMJ:  https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com

Life180 is a one week program that is made up of interesting and valuable workshops that assist participants with finding employment, preparing for interviews and networking to name a few. Participants also receive one-on-one case management where they will receive individual assistance to accomplish their career, education and personal growth goals. Participants who complete all the workshops have the potential to earn financial assistance for training, purchasing uniforms, supplies and other items required for their new employment needs.

Click here to view the Life180 Calendar

Prevention, Retention and Contingency Assistance (PRC)
PRC assistance is available to Van Wert County residents with minor child who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level for the family size.

Complete the fillable PDF application (click here to print the application) and submit to mindy.eales@jfs.ohio.gov

Assistance Includes:

Short Term Services

  • Automobile insurance
  • Automobile Repair
  • Automobile down payment assistance
  • Assistance with testing fees, license plates, drivers license/state IDs, and Birth Certificates as it relates to training or employment
  • Tools, Work Clothing/Uniforms

Ongoing Services

  • Gas Vouchers
  • Vocational testing/assessment or GED testing and fees
  • OJT assistance

Employment Incentive Program

  • Available to those who reduce or lose their OWF (Cash) or SNAP (food assistance) benefits by gaining or increasing their employment

Shelter and Utilities Assistance

Back to School Shoe Program


Unemployment Insurance Benefits are administered by the State and not your local JFS/OMJ office. If you have questions or need to apply please visit: unemployment.ohio.gov

Or call 1-877-644-6562.