Member Highlights
July 2019
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JVS Human Services Chosen for Amazon's Alternative Worker Supplier Program

JVS Human Services in Detroit has been selected by Amazon through a competitive RFP process to participate in the Amazon Alternative Worker Supplier Program . This JVS/Amazon partnership involves the development of a simulated Amazon warehouse at JVS for training talent with disabilities in working at Amazon. In addition, JVS Human Services has employed a job coach who will work at the Amazon warehouses daily to ensure that the talent they place at Amazon has all of the supports needed for success. The goal of the program is to assist over 100 individuals with disabilities to secure employment at Amazon starting at $15 per hour over the next year. 
Jerry Rubin Named to the 2019 Class of Barr Fellows

Jerry Rubin, President & CEO of Jewish Vocational Services of Boston was selected by The Barr Foundation as a member of the 2019 Class of Barr Fellows, 12 exemplary civic leaders committed to Greater Boston. These Fellows were nominated and selected on the basis of their personal qualities, organizational impact, and commitment to collaboration to advance Greater Boston’s community and civic agendas. Learn more here
JCFS Chicago to Launch Suicide Prevention and Support in the Jewish Community

Jewish Child & Family Service of Chicago , No Shame on U, and MISSD (Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation) have received a JUF Breakthrough Fund grant to launch a critical initiative: Suicide Prevention and Support in the Chicago Jewish community. The overall goal of this initiative is to initiate dialogue that enhances understanding of suicide, reduces the stigma surrounding it, and ensures appropriate and compassionate responses. An additional grant from the JUF Voices Teen Giving Circle will help to ensure that the initiative addresses the teen population. Learn more here.
JEVS Offers New Employment Services at ACT

As part of the commitment to help clients achieve their long term recovery goals, JEVS Human Services Achievement through Counseling and Treatment (ACT) is now offering supported education and employment services, including GED classes, resume writing workshops, job search assistance, and more. These services are in addition to the medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction that JEVS ACT clinics currently provide.The services were introduced in March and have so far been presented to over 150 individuals who attended group info sessions and one-on-one appointments with ACT employment specialists. And the new services are already bearing fruit. Learn more here .
JFS MetroWest NJ Surveyed LGBTQ+ Needs at Annual Pride Festival

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ participated in the annual North Jersey Pride Festival in Maplewood in early June. JFS staff were available to festival goers to demonstrate the agency’s commitment to embracing the LGBTQ+ community. One of the agency’s specific goals was to encourage festival-goers to fill out a survey to assess the needs of the community – to find out what kinds of LGBTQ+ affirmative services people are looking for locally. The staff present enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm demonstrated by the many festival participants in the form of children – and many dogs! -- decked out in Pride gear, LGBTQ+ couples enjoying the beautiful day, and an overall freedom of self-expression that isn’t always available to everyone in day-to-day society. 
Raleigh-Cary JFS to Offer Case Management Programming for Jewish Older Adults

Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services announced a new case management program for Jewish older adults in the New Bern (NC) area Jewish Community. This program was made possible by generous support of the Carolina Foundation for Jewish Seniors. Raleigh-Cary JFS has been providing comprehensive case management services in the Wake County area for over 5 years and is thrilled to expand its services to Jewish communities in Eastern North Carolina. “Senior Connections East” will provide social work services to older adults and their families with a focus on quality aging to maintain their highest level of independence and dignity while remaining safe. These services will be provided on an affordable sliding-scale and will include home visits, professional comprehensive assessments, ongoing consultations and follow ups, and resources and referrals. 
26th Annual Gala Raises $1.3 Million for JFS LA Services

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles held its 26th Annual Gala in late May, with over 700 people in attendance. This year’s event raised $1.3 million for JFS’ life-essential services that fortify the health and strength of the Los Angeles community. At the Gala’s “Raise the Paddle” fundraiser, attendees donated more than $300,000 in just a few minutes – a record for JFS. Please watch the videos that tell the stories of their deserving honorees here.
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JFCS San Francisco Launches New Center for Children and Youth

One of the largest initiatives ever undertaken by Jewish Family & Children's Service of San Francisco in its 170-year history, the Center for Children and Youth will bring together and expand critical services in four key areas: Parent and teacher education through JFCS’ Parents Place;
Clinical services for children, teens, and families;
Advocacy, public policy, and coalition-building with partner organizations; and Research and training for mental health professionals through JFCS’ Child Training Institute (CTI). Learn more here
JFS Northeastern PA Receives $10K Operating Grant  

Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania was one of the recent recipients of a grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation for the 2018 grant cycle. The grant in the amount of $10,000 will assist with General Operating Support for the organization. Grants from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation are administered by the  Scranton Area Community Foundation.
JFCS Boston Will Offer Increased Access to Dementia Programming 

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston announced they received a two-year grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation ! The funds will be used to engage four linguistically and culturally diverse communities so they have access to Dementia Friends programming, which increases public awareness of dementia and reduces stigma. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation awarded a total of $1,345,270 to 10 Massachusetts nonprofits that are promoting cross-sector collaboration, expanding engagement of older people, advancing improvements to support the health and well-being of older people, and addressing the social determinants of health. Learn more here .
JFCS Northern NJ 9th Annual Meals-for-Wheels Ride to Fight Hunger Draws Record Participation 

On June 23rd more than 300 riders, hikers and volunteers convened to take part in the 9th Annual Wheels-for-Meals Ride to Fight Hunger, organized by Jewish Family & Children’s Services or Northern NJ . The ride has raised over $123,000 from the community, making it one or the organization’s most successful events in its history. The event’s proceeds will support the JFCS Meals-on-Wheels program that delivers over 48,000 meals each year to homebound seniors in NJ. It will also support the JFCS Food Pantries.
Ometz Partners to Create New Center for At-Risk Youth/Young Adults

Agence Ometz and the Sylvan Adams YM‑YWHA announced a partnership supporting the creation of a new centre for at-risk youth and young adults. The Centre (name TBD) is being made possible through a generous lead gift from the Azrieli Foundation to Ometz. Slated to open in winter, the centre will provide comprehensive services and programming to 16 to 35-year-olds, in an inclusive and community-based environment. The centre will provide a space for individuals to connect and form supportive relationships as well as training, education, employment and empowerment opportunities. Learn more here .
JFS Columbus Holocaust Survivors Tackle Technology with Students

High school and college students from Bexley have been helping Jewish Family Service of Columbus Holocaust survivors tackle technology this summer. The students installed apps, set-up Google docs for memoirs, and demonstrated how to take pictures and send texts. What a marvelous gift for the now tech-savvy seniors!
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