Onsite Success Coaching

The core of the ERN model is onsite confidential Success Coaching that employees can access on a predictable, ongoing basis - no more wasted hours in social services offices. Success Coaches offer direct connection to community resources for any challenges they are facing at work or at home. Employees who face a crisis from lack of resources can get immediate, personal relief at the workplace. Training and advanced education for work-based skills or life skills can be focused goals along with barrier reduction. Services are available to all ERN member employees. Success Coaches accommodate all shifts with off-site locations and alternate meeting times available upon request. View this video testimonial of an employee who accessed a success coach through the Lakeshore Employer Resource Network (SWMERN).

SWMERN Video: Sarah Beckle, Success Coach

SWMERN Success Coach, Sarah Beckle, highlights the benefits and opportunities of success coaching for SWMERN member employees and employers.

Hardship Loan & Savings Program

Partners: Kalsee Credit Union, Southwest Michigan First; Sturgis Bank & Trust

Purpose: The Bridge Loan provides a financial resource for the Success Coach and clients, allowing the coach to connect clients to fair and reputable lending. These loans help clients overcome financial burdens that may be negatively impacting their life including auto repairs, credit repair, payday lending traps, appliance purchases, debt, and family emergencies. It is offered as a last resort for employees facing a financial emergency.

Savings Component: The loan includes a savings component which requires a $10 per week deposit into a savings account. The savings commitment is added to the loan repayment amount, which is placed into a savings account that does not allow withdrawals until the loan is paid in full. At the end of the payment plan, the client will accumulate over $520 in savings. Upon pay-off, the client is encouraged to continue the habit of savings. This not only teaches the client the importance of saving, but also acts as a safety net for the bank/credit union. If an employee is terminated while in payments, the savings account is released back for the lending institution to cover any unpaid remaining portion of the loan.

Download the free Driven to Succeed Ride Share App!

Do you need transportation to/from work or would you like to make some extra cash picking up a co-worker on your way? Download the Driven to Succeed app free (developed in partnership with ERN USA) at the App Store for iPhone and Android. Request the passcode from your Success Coach. Please follow instructions provided below and review the Privacy Policy.

Driven to Succeed Privacy Policy

Please review the Privacy Policy for the Driven to Succeed App.

Constantine Rotary Hears About Employer Resource Network

Bronwyn Drost, the workforce innovation fund project manager for the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and Sarah Beckle, a Cares Program Success Coach for the Southwest Michigan Employer Resource Network (SWMERN) spoke to Constantine Rotary on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Fuel Assistance: Making It to the First Pay Check

Get inspired by other employees' success stories! Robert was hired through a temp agency after being on unemployment for several months. His unemployment had run out and he had no money. He knew he needed help, had heard about the Success Coach Program, and contacted Sarah. Together they discussed some difficult issues that Robert was experiencing. His immediate need was getting to his first paycheck. The Success Coach supplied him with a gas card to put fuel in his car. This made it possible for him to get back and forth to work for the next week. Robert credits the Success Coach Program for helping him stay employed.


  Success Coaches


Sarah Beckle


  Lead Organization(s)

Michigan ERN

James Vander Hulst

  Email     877-625-9564

  Strategic Partners

  • Kalsee Credit Union
  • Michigan Works! Southwest
  • Southwest Michigan First
  • Sturgis Bank & Trust
  • WE Upjohn Institute