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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: JVS is L.A.'s first and most experienced non-profit, non-sectarian organization focused exclusively on career services and workforce development. Since 1930, we have been helping people of all faiths and backgrounds navigate the changing job market, overcome barriers to employment and keep their dreams intact. Our goal is to assist our clients to achieve economic self-sufficiency, enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families and our community.

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles

Programs: Welfare to work programswelfare to work programs provide assistance to thousands of clients transitioning from welfare to work through the los angeles county gain and grow programs. The programs offer full-service case management under the supervision of the county. Offices are located in chatsworth, palmdale, santa clarita, and los angeles.

workforce development programsworkforce development programs provide job readiness workshops and counseling in the areas of comprehensive job search and employment services to assist individuals with appropriate career paths and employment. Unique to the jvs centers are a special focus on youth and young adults including those on public assistance. The centers contain the areas greatest concentration of assistive technology for jobseekers with vision or hearing impairment. Jvs contracts with the city of west hollywood, city of santa monica, county of los angeles, city of los angeles, antelope valley, and city of hawthorne and collaborates with the state department of rehabilitation and the employment development department offices to provide workforce development services.

scholarship programthe jvs scholarship fund grants scholarships to low-income jewish students who require financial assistance to pursue post-high school education. Scholarship awards are funded by contributions received by jvs, as well as income earned on endowments held by both jvs and the jewish community foundation (foundation). These financial statements exclude funds held by the foundation.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 4

Universal Services is investigated for lying to arbritrator,make false allegations againsy former employee Sean Felder at NYC Small Claims Court 4/28/16.Case is appealed,they owe me backpay,unpaid lost wages.Shady security firm violating labor laws at SkyVeiw Mall

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Russell Moore, I previously attended the first Apartment Works program through JVS. Brenda Corona who coordinated the program along with Melba and the instructor John Q. were instrumental in my success. I completed the program and passed the CAMT (Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician) exam. At the graduation of the program several apartment management companies attended and also conducted a small job fair for me and my colleagues. This lead to several interviews. I decided to accept an offer with Avalonbay Communities, Inc. as a Maintenance Tech II on December 29, 2014, I've been with Avalonbay for a little over a year now and I just received a promotion to the Maintenance Tech III position at our Santa Monica community. It has been a lot of hard work but extremely rewarding. I owe my success to JVS and koodos to Brenda Corona and her staff. Thank you JVS, keeping serving the community.

Russell Moore
Maintenance Tech III
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

1 Carina P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I haven't got a job yet, I am still looking, but I know I am way better off in this quest thanks to the support I am getting from the JVS people! It might take me a while to find my new job, but it won't be because I haven't got the best help! I knew from the get go that I had found I fantastic team to support me in my transition. I actually started attending the JVS WorkSoource Center in West Hollywood, LA before being laid off. So, when the moment I was let go arrived, it wasn't so traumatic. By then, I knew I was already in good hands. I found JVS thru a friend, and every time I talked to her I thanked her for the referral. Now I want to recommend JVS to any one in a similar situation. It is a fantastic organization to help in your work transition. I just hope that public funding doesn't penalize the people that work and struggle to help others in such difficult time as it is looking for a way to make a living.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been an ongoing client of the MDR Work Source Center. The local HOA Adm. Asst. position that I had been working at for 2 years recently ended. The position was being restructured to an Accts. Payable position. The day after the position ended, I went to the MDR Work Source Center to register. Right from the beginning, I was very impressed with the professionalism of the case manger, account executive & others that I dealt with. It's now several months later & I just found out that I'm starting a long term temp assignment at a nearby company. I'm very excited about this new opportunity! I would have never gotten through the job search process without the support of the MDR Work Source Center. Kudos to all of the employees that continue to help job seekers on a day to day basis!

1 Courtney11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had recently lost my job due to a department closure. I took some time to think about different career paths that would be good for the type of skills that I had. I was introduced to a program called BankWork$ that is run by JVS, I applied and was enrolled in the 8 week course. LIFE CHANGING!!!!!!!!! The program taught me how to utilize my skills and apply it to the banking industry. The instructors Lisa Meadows and Maria Zuniga were extremely helpful. Lisa and Maria guided the class step by step on how to interview, dress for success, show personality and how to succeed as a teller. After completing the course I was able to interview with all of the banks that sponsored the program. I received many offers and decided to become a team member with Wells Fargo. I love my new career and I know that I will go far and continue to climb the ladder of success. I thank JVS for creating such programs that change and empower people’s lives. -----------Courtney, Los Angeles California

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After taking the BankWork$ Training Program I was different. I wasn't the same girl as before. This program changed the way I think and the way I feel about myself. I beacme more confident, I believe in myself now. Im not scared to go to job interviews anymore. One thing that i really loved about this program was that it prepares you for the job amd how to take control of some situations. Another thing was, I found/saw a lot of things that I didnt see about myself before.

1 Keith23

Client Served

Rating: 3

Contrary to what the latest review might say....I have actually had a very good experience. I am a veteran of the military and for the past two years (since I got out) I have been struggling to find work in my main career field (film/television/radio). As anyone knows jobs in said field(s) are hard to come by...VERY hard. But, with the JVS WorkSource Center team I worked with in Marina Del Rey (Julie Freeland in particular) I was able to "slam dunk" a job at Chipotle. Now, make no mistake it was a lot of hard work and as the Beatles put it a "long and winding road..." it is interim success while finishing my BA in Television Production at Cal State Northridge. And for that I thank the entire WorkSource Center team.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Your staff in Glendale is rude and unprofessional. They are treating the public which they are getting paid to service like they are dirt. And your security company "searching" your customers, is highly uncalled for. This isn't a prision. What are you thinking with not providing parking either? I would suggest you go examine your facility and staff. It's a nightmare.

Comments ( 1 )

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jvs-los-angeles 07/26/2011

I am very sorry you did not have a good experience. Please note that our staff strives to give you the best service possible and if this was not the case on your visit, we will do everything possible to ensure that this is solved. We have several other locations you can visit for services and we hope you will utilize JVS as a resource in the future. Please visit http://www.jvsla.org for more information. Thank you for your feedback.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"It takes a village"

Mentors, counselors, supporters and friends,

I’m writing to tell you that today I received and accepted a job offer for a Corporate Event Specialist position.

As you know it’s been a long, arduous journey and I couldn’t have made it without all of the help I got along the way. For that, I am forever grateful.

My job search didn’t really start to turnaround until I reached out to readily available resources: the JVS Wo-Mentoring program and the Dress for Success Going Places Network course. While support from friends and family is important, it was having access to a network of job search specialists that really made the difference for me. Whether tweaking my resume and cover letters, mock interviews, fine-tuning my elevator speech or just plain giving me the confidence that I was “hireable.” You were all my champions and as the title of my email suggests, sometime it does take a village to turn the corner. In my case, it did.

The first day of my new job is July 11. I don’t think you need to wish me luck because I already consider myself one lucky girl to have had all of you on my side.

Sincerely,

Lauren

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jvs-los-angeles 07/08/2011

Congratulations Lauren! I am so happy to hear that JVS helped you on your journey. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three weeks ago I was offered a course in Fiber-Optic training. To qualify I had to take a battery of tests at one Worksource, provide a copy of my driving record and, of course, all the usual documentation required of a job at another.

I jumped at the chance to take this class because I've been interested in this technology for years. Not knowing what to expect I showed up for the class as required.

What a shock. The instructor has been working in the industry for nearly his entire professional career. He knew every answer, gave tips not covered in the (quite excellent documentation), and answered any and all questions. He was quite the task-master, but always had time to help us work out whatever our issues were and help us through the course.

About the course. It was a very complete blend of lecture, question and answer and "real world" hands on. The hands-on always followed the lecture and was always relevant to the topic we just learned about.

it was intense, often running over eight hours a day with at least four hours of homework per night, but it was worth it. I not only feel competent in the "book learning," but in possible field situations as well.

I now hold three certificates, am a member of the Fiber Optic Association and will be getting a tool-kit very shortly. Best of all I have some experience in working with fiber and feel completely at ease in this complex and interesting environment.

Did I say the instructor was excellent? I don't think Worksource could have found a better trainer than Mr. Pruett.