A Joint Publication of AJFCA & IAJVS 
On behalf of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

September 2016
In This Issue
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We are Changing Lives
We function as independent organizations and yet we comprise a network of Jewish family and vocational service agencies that change lives, strengthen families and represent the Jewish communal impulse to care for our own and our neighbors.  The following stories [i]  are meant to remind us all of the impact we all have. 

Brian is a young man who has never let his developmental disability slow him down, but he didn't have much contact with the community.  That changed after he became involved in the Horvitz YouthAbility program of JFSA in Cleveland, which led him to volunteer throughout the community and earned him a Volunteer of the Year award. 
Rachel's life was upended by her husband's gambling losses, divorce and serious head injury and a long hospital stay as a result of a freak accident.  The Ruth & Nor ma Rales JFS in Boca Raton prov ided Rachel with a gateway to a new career-Certified Nursing Assistant-through its Career & Employment Services Program.  
Army veteran, Roland, struggling through a bad divorce, found himself laid off from his job at a car dealership, with few other job options.  The JVS Marina del Rey WorkSource Center (a part of JVS Los Angeles) led him not only to job training but also to housing, banking and health resources.  Roland went from no job and living in a storage unit to an apartment and a career in apartment-building maintenance he and his seven year-old daughter could be proud of. 
Lack of fluency in English was a barrier for Ludwin, a recent immigrant from Guatemala.  He found a job but knowing only six words of English limited his options.  The English language program of the JVS in Boston opened up his options, helping him rise pretty quickly to the position restaurant manager.
There are countless examples of life-changing help provided by the membership of Network agencies in the U.S., Canada and Israel.  To reflect the reframing discussed in the previous edition of this newsletter, our Network of agencies is building well-being for individuals, families and communities day-in and day-out.

[i] Examples are from the IAJVS 2015 Annual Report.    
Advocacy Updates:  Legislative News from the Hill capital
NETWORK Member Benefits & News
Calls & Webinars (past recordings can be found here) 
  • Stepwise Virtual Tutor Platform for Workforce Development & Developmental Math | Wednesday, September 21st - 3pm ET | Learn more & register here. 
  • Discussion Call: Working with Family Members to Support Adults with Disabilities | Thursday, September 22nd - 2pm ET | Register here 
  • Updates from the Office of Disability Employment Policy | Wednesday, September 28th 1pm ET | REGISTER HERE | Learn more here. 
  • Keshet Leadership Project | JFCS Philadelphia | September 12th
    Learn more here. Contact: Liz Woodward.
    Limited spots available. Register today.
  • Older Adult Services Summit | JFCS St. Louis | September 25th & 26th Learn more here. Contact:  Liz WoodwardREGISTER HERE Join aging service professionals from 15 agencies across North America.
  • Engaging with Aging Conference  | Montreal | September 18th-20th Learn more here . Contact:   Liz Woodward REGISTER HERE  (This event is presented by the Jewish Federations of Canada and is a great opportunity for aging services professionals from North America to convene and learn about best practices in older adult and Holocaust survivor services.)
  • General Assembly Washington, DC |  November 13th-15th  Learn more here . Contact:   Liz Leibowitz  |  REGISTER HERE  ( The GA brings together volunteer and professional leaders from Federations across North America, along with those in the business of Jewish philanthropy from around the world.)
  • Risks of Occupational Fraud: Nonprofit and Government Roundtable Series | REGISTER HERE   There will be a total of 20 roundtables around the country to outline the costs, methods, perpetrators, and victims of occupational fraud for nonprofit and government entities.
  • The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities | Waynesboro, PA | December 12th-18th  Learn more & register here  (This is the application for the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion, to be held December 12-15, 2016. THIS IS NOT the application for the regular University of Delaware Leadership Institute to be held in Delaware in January 2017 or July 2017.)
  • Up to eight additional project sites will be added to the VISTA program operated through JFS agencies, for a total of 15 sites in the 2016-2017 project year.  Read the full announcement  here .
  • nTIDE Report: Employment Continues to Climb for Americans with Disabilities. Read the full article here.
  • New York Times features nod in new series devoted to disability.In a new weekly series, The New York Times is sharing perspectives by and about people with disabilities.
Tools & Resources   
  • Disabilities Services Funding Available for U.S. Member Agencies of AJFCA and IAJVS   A new funding opportunity is available for AJFCA and IAJVS member agencies located in the U.S. Funding is available on a 1:2 matched basis for support services and programming for persons with disabilities. Access the RFP here  to learn more and submit a proposal . Proposals must be submitted online by close of business on October 6, 2016.
  • Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care longitudinal study Please complete this survey to measure the Aging Services Network's knowledge of PCTI care. (Survey must be completed by September 30, 2016).
Sector Trends
  • Pursuing a Degree While Working, Thanks to Flexible Options 
    In an August 29 post on the Department of Labor (DOL) blog, Tiffany Jolliff, program specialist in DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) reflected on her experiences in pursuing her Master's degree while working full time in ODEP. Read her blog here.Turning Points: September 2016 Work Trends Survey
  • Turning Points: September 2016 Work Trends SurveyExplore American workers' confidence in the economy and their prospects for the future. Read more here
  • NCWD/Youth Releases Publications on Financial Capability for YouthThe National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has published a new Info Brief for families, "Developing Financial Capability Among Youth: How Families Can Help." 
    Read "Developing Financial Capability Among Youth: How Families Can Help" 
    Read "Taking Charge of Your Money: An Introduction to Financial Capability"  
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