Client Success Story
Rovena B. | Bridges to College & Careers and Financial Coaching Alumni
With the help of a JVS financial coach, Rovena has increased her credit score from 0 to 771!

Originally from Albania, Rovena immigrated to the US with her husband and 3 children. To improve her English language skills and career prospects, she enrolled in multiple JVS programs: ESOL program at Hyde Park, Bridges to College & Careers program and one-on-one financial coaching.

Rovena was laid off from her hospitality job during the pandemic. She continued attending her classes at Bunker Hill Community College and continued working with her financial coach, who helped her create a budget and savings plan and slowly began building her credit score. When her unemployment benefits ran out in 2021 she began to draw down her savings for monthly expenses, and was able to receive some emergency financial assistance through a United Way flex fund grant.

Over the last year, Rovena returned to her previous job in downtown Boston, and her husband has been getting more work, almost to full-time. She has been able to start paying all her bills on time, and her credit score has now increased to 771. After overcoming many financial obstacles, Rovena’s resilience and perseverance have helped her to find a path to a better state of financial wellbeing. 
#ICYMI: Grant Announcement
JVS Boston awarded $607,983 MA Workforce Development Capital Grant

Supplementing previously awarded federal and state funding, the new grant will provide a full suite of state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory equipment and supplies to outfit the Healthcare and Biotechnology Career Institute that JVS and its partner Quincy College are working to open in 2023.

JVS Boston’s grant is one of 39 recently announced by the Baker-Polito administration that will enhance and expand industry-aligned training programs at 22 institutions and support new and expanded STEM curricula at 40 schools, enabling more than 25,000 students to receive enhanced training and education opportunities for life sciences at STEM careers.

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Happy Jewish New Year
For those who celebrate, Rosh Hashanah, or “head of the year”, is a time for reflecting on the past year with the intent to improve ourselves and our relationships and to look forward to a new year with hope and anticipation. In addition to religious services, Rosh Hashanah is a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy festive meals.

Jews all over the world wish each other L’Shana Tova Tikatevu - May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year. To all in the JVS community who celebrate this holiday season, we wish you a happy new year. 
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