May 2021 Newsletter
Client Success Story: Nisha Nepal
Dr. Nisha Nepal
Nisha Nepal enrolled in JVS's Advanced Research English class to improve her English language skills while she also skills while she also worked on a research project at Boston Children’s Hospital and studying to pass the licensing exams to qualify for a US hospital residency.

In November, Nisha asked JVS Instructor Laura Foote for assistance with mock interviews to prepare for the final stage of her hospital residency applications. To ensure that Nisha was as prepared as possible, Laura assisted her on her own time, above and beyond her teaching responsibilities. Both their efforts paid off. On March 19th, national "Match Day", Nisha successfully matched with a hospital in Danbury CT as a Resident in Internal Medicine!
Partnership Highlight: Work Intervention Network (WIN) | A JVS Boston and Boston College Collaboration
At the outset of the pandemic Amy Mazur, Lead Career Counselor at JVS ‘s career center and David Blustein, Counseling Psychologist at Boston College convened a group of national and international vocational/ counseling psychologists, sociologists and practitioners to discuss the current unemployment crisis. The consensus was that a more comprehensive and flexible approach to job search support was required, one that integrates psychosocial and critical consciousness elements.

The collaboration led to the formation of the Work Intervention Network (WIN) that integrates a focus on the emotional toll that comes with unemployment in combination with the more traditional job search support model. The team, led by Dr. Blustein concluded that it is necessary to acknowledge and address the psychological and sociological dimensions of unemployment. They developed a comprehensive set of workshops program including six modules lasting 60-75 minutes each.
WIN Training
In January 2021, the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) brought together 18 member agencies to be trained on integrating this model into their program offerings. The feedback from the training was very positive; many agencies have offered the workshops, or are about to offer them.  Additionally, the WIN model was recently mentioned in a Harvard Business Review article by Dr. Ofer Sharone.

Learn more about the WIN model by reaching out to Amy Mazur at
Supporter Spotlight: Financial Opportunity Center Funders
The Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) at JVS helps low-income families and individuals learn how to achieve financial self-sufficiency through a variety of services, including one-on-one financial coaching, credit and net worth counseling, asset-building resources, budget review, and financial education workshops.

Each year, the FOC also offers free tax preparation to help people maximize tax credits and avoid predatory tax services. This tax season, the FOC team along with 13 volunteers, helped 164 people remotely file their tax returns.

The FOC is made possible through the generous support of the following funders: Capital One, Santander Bank, N.A., TD Charitable Foundation and United Way of Massachusetts and Merrimack Valley.
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