USDA and DTA Officials Meet with JVS Students
Last week, we welcomed Brandon Lipps, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the USDA, and Commissioner Jeff McCue of the Department of Transitional Assistance for a tour of JVS and to meet with our students. These federal and state officials learned about the variety of employment and training opportunities open to JVS students, including our Pharmacy Technician Training Program, Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program, and Transitions to Work, a training program for young adults with disabilities. Brandon Lipps and Commissioner McCue even volunteered to help our CNA students prepare for their certification exams by acting as patients! The USDA oversees the administration of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and about 25% of JVS students are recipients of SNAP benefits (food stamps).
JVS Joins CJP Mission to San Antonio
Earlier this month, Karin Blum, JVS Chief Development Officer, traveled to San Antonio as part of the CJP FACES mission. The Fund to Aid Children and End Separation (FACES) provides financial support to three nonprofits working on the ground in Texas to assist separated children and detained families. On the mission, the participants learned first-hand about the situation on the ground and assembled backpacks with supplies for children and families separated at the border. Read Karin's blog post about her experience here .
Corporate Partner Spotlight
We are grateful to Santander Bank N.A. for their support of our Financial Opportunity Center, which empowers low-income families to achieve economic security. Through the Financial Opportunity Center, JVS serves hundreds of Boston residents each year, providing them with free financial assessments, financial coaching, and tax preparation services. This past tax season, JVS helped over 500 people prepare their taxes, enabling them to receive over $750,000 in tax refunds and Earned Income Tax Credit. Santander has also served as a bank partner for our Bank Career Training Program, and has generously sponsored our annual gala. We admire their commitment to providing economic opportunity for low-income Boston residents and look forward to continuing our partnership with them!
Coming Soon - MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center!
JVS is pleased to share some exciting news about a statewide initiative that involves our Career Center. On September 26, JVS CareerSolution's name will change to MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center. Please know that while our name and brand will change, our commitment to you and the work we do together will endure. To learn more, please click here.
Faces of JVS: Litty Medalia
Litty Medalia joined the JVS team over 13 years ago. She serves as the Lead Vocational ESOL Instructor in our Refugee Services Department, and received her M.Ed. from Antioch University. Litty feels privileged to work with terrific colleagues, volunteers, and people from all over the world as they find jobs and a better life in Boston. Litty also greatly values the chance to collaborate for a win/win. An example is the relationship she built with MCPHS, Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic and the Whittier Street Health Center.

The partnership started 12 years ago when Litty’s former student, a Tibetan refugee, enrolled at Forsyth and wanted to give back by giving a presentation about oral hygiene to Litty's class. Since then, the relationship with Forsyth has grown considerably, and other oral hygiene schools across the U.S. have learned how to replicate our model. Now Forsyth oral hygienists work together with the Whittier Street Health Center to offer comprehensive free dental care to JVS clients and their families. Since this partnership began, thousands of JVS refugee students have received dental care at no cost, and we are so grateful to Litty for starting, maintaining, and growing this wonderful collaboration! Litty is pictured above (center) with Forsyth graduates Kayla Renteria (left) and Anna Kotecka (right).