JVS Refugee students
World Refugee Day is this Thursday
This Thursday, June 20th, is World Refugee Day, a time to stand in solidarity with refugees worldwide. JVS is proud to help refugees in Boston begin their careers, and this year we launched Together We Rise: Career Development with Boston's Refugees to help refugees take the next step in their career journeys. On Thursday, we will be sharing stories of clients in Together We Rise on our Facebook page . Make sure to follow our Facebook page to see the stories, and please consider supporting refugees in Boston on World Refugee Day by making a gift to JVS.
Sarah Abramson and Wes Moore speaking at the National Convening on Jewish Poverty
Boston Jewish Community's Response to Poverty Receives National Attention
Over the past three years, JVS and other social service agencies in Greater Boston have partnered with CJP to address poverty in the local Jewish community. The Anti-Poverty Initiative is a coordinated service model that helps people move from crisis to financial stability, and has supported over 2,900 households in just three years. JVS provides employment and financial coaching to individuals receiving support from the Anti-Poverty Initiative. This coordinated service model has been so successful that other cities are considering creating similar service models of their own. The initiative was featured at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's Convening on Jewish Poverty . Pictured above is Sarah Abramson, Senior VP of Strategy and Impact, and Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood, speaking during the keynote panel at the conference.
Stacy's Pita Chips
Stacy's Pita Chips and JVS
If you’re a regular listener of the NPR podcast “ How I Built This ,” you may have noticed that JVS got an interesting shoutout in one of their podcasts last month. The episode featured the story of Stacy Madison, the founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips. In the 1990’s, Stacy was selling pita-wrapped sandwiches in a food truck in downtown Boston. One of her regular customers was a JVS staff member, who encouraged her to join an 8-week Business Plan Bootcamp she was teaching at JVS. Stacy didn’t have a business degree, and the JVS class helped her develop a business plan that she used to launch her pita chip company. Ten years later, Stacy sold her company to PepsiCo for $250 million!
JVS Coaches Give Financial Advice at WCVB Channel 5 Televent

Earlier this month, JVS Financial Empowerment Coaches Jason Pollens, Adalberto Jaimes, and Joe Amerena participated in a special financial literacy televent hosted by WCVB Channel 5 and United Way. The televent, called "Project CommUNITY: Financial Literacy and Guidance," aired on Channel 5 on June 4th. The JVS Coaches, along with other volunteers, answered listener questions on topics including reducing debt, improving credit, and building savings. In total, 325 listener phone calls were answered during the show.
Faces of JVS: Tsering Dolma
Tsering Dolma emigrated to the United States in 2017 to join her husband. She had worked as a registered nurse in India and was eager to continue working in healthcare in the U.S. When she came to the U.S., she learned about the Bunker Hill Community College Welcome Back Center. There she was encouraged to enroll in the JVS Caring for Our Seniors: A Nurse’s Aide Training Program to improve her skills and find a job in the healthcare field. Tsering excelled in her coursework, graduated in October 2018, and began working as a Patient Care Associate at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge. She returned to the BHCC Welcome Back Center, and they helped her study for and pass her professional equivalency exam for nursing. She is now a registered nurse working in the oncology department at Spaulding. This past month, Tsering joined us at the JVS Gala as a client ambassador and shared her story with guests at the event.