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August 8, 2010
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August 8, 2010
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FEGS is a giant bureaucracy that is a giant JOBS program that takes advantage of the opportunies available to "serve" the mentally ill, jobless, homeless, aged by their unique "Health and Human Services System". According to their latest 990 they recieve $112,018,230 a year nearly entirely from the U.S. government (US taxpayers). FEGS's Salary and Pension plans amount to almost $121,000,000 a year! One "employee" named Alfred P. Miller recieved $2,170,301 that year. The only people that FEGS really helps is it's own "workers" with large salaries for it's senior staff. ONE HOUR FOR LUNCH ALWAYS. 448 of it's staff make OVER $50,000 a year. The Senior VP Gladys Siff makes over $350,000 a year! Nearly ALL the REVIEWS here are written by FEGS employees. They operate a home attendant and homecare nonprofits so if you need a job as a low payed health care worker they can get you a job, otherwise just go to WORKFORCE ONE. They spend millions on lobbying. Their biggest and most successful program is getting "benefits" for people. That is right they simply direct people to foodstamps, SSI, SSD, welfare, medicaid, medicare, housing programs... Actually the worse the economic situation the "better" FEGS does for itself. If you are a critic of FEGS their PR department will roll out examples of the hopeless and helpless that they saved! In a jobless economy FEGS has nothing to offer except a "program" funded by the U.S. Government and employeed by FEGS workers. FEGS TRADEMARKED "PARTNERSHIPS FOR A CHANGING WORLD" AND BRINGING RESOURSES TO PEOPLE AND BUSINESS". THEY TAKE YOUR TAXPAYER MONEY AND CREATE JOBS FOR THEMSELVES. They spent $2,000,000 for a fundraiser and came out $80,000 in the RED.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization and that was just to direct me to the U.S. government programs such as foodstamps, heap, medicaid, mediacre, SSI and SSD.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

FEGS mission statement should be straight foward and simple. Currently it's mission statement is childish and inaccurate. It speaks about "achieving greater independence" but is dependent on gov't handouts, guides others to become dependent on handouts.

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They claim to change the world but all they really do is direct you to city, state, and government programs. If you do not belong to a group that is severly disabled you likely can not be helped since their programs target these populations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Business like and very bureucratic. They act like they have so much to offer and they really have little except government programs. Exclusive luxury offices at 315 Hudson street. No wonder why FEGS pays $20,000,000 rent a year.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

This organization is well connected and has NOT adapted to the new economy. It is bloated and should close down it's employment and guidance programs and focus only on health related programs for the mentally ill and aged.

Ways to make it better...

They were honest and truthful and right away tell me that they have nothing and just go and apply for x,y,z. But they can't admit that since it's a job program for FEGS itself.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

FEGS is stuck in the 1980's the US is in a "JOBLESS recovery" meaning that there are very few jobs to go around. You don't need FEGS to get a job. Back then they had training courses for typists and wordprocessors and could get you jobs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If FEGS continues to get such large amounts of government money they should be required to should show exactly HOW MANY PEOPLE USED FEGS EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AND HOW MANY IT GOT JOBS FOR. It should recieve money based only on results!

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November 11, 2009
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November 11, 2009

I did not have a lot of work experience when I came to FEGS for employment counseling. The job developer helped me realize my skills that may be relevant to a home health aid position. Because of the ... more

November 11, 2009
1 person found this review helpful

I was interested in finding a job as a medical assistant, but I was having trouble finding an open position. I came to FEG and the job developer sent me on an interview almost right away. I received the job, and I am very happy to be working in my chosen field. *review written from job developer's email

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how fast and effectively the job developer's work with the clients.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 11, 2009

I did not have a lot of work experience when I came to FEGS for employment counseling. The job developer helped me realize my skills that may be relevant to a home health aid position. Because of the job developer's help I received a job as a home health aid. *review written from job developer's email

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful in my search for a job. They took their time to talk to me about the kind of job I wanted and the kind of job I was qualified to do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 11, 2009

I came to FEGS to speak with a job developer because it was hard for me to find a job. She found me a job as a billing clerk. I have been working at that position for about a year now. *review written from job developer's email

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help they provided me to utilize my skills and knowledge to obtain the position that I currently have.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 11, 2009

I came to FEGS earlier this year to meet with a job developer about finding employment. I was referred to a job as a waiter. I enjoy my job and am very grateful to the job developer for helping me find a steady job. *review written from job developer's email

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the wonderful service they provide for their clients.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 11, 2009

I was unemployed and needed help finding a job. I was referred to FEG for employment counseling. The job developer sent me on an interview with a home health aid agency. I was offered the job of a home health aid, and I am very happy to be working. *review written from job developer's email

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the care that the staff takes with their clients. The job developers try to find their clients jobs as fast as possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 11, 2009

In early 2009 I came to FEGS's Brooklyn Resource Center to see a job developer about finding a job. She found me a job as a home health aid with a great agency. *review written from job developer's email

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very pleasant to talk to, and they made me feel comfortable going to them for help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 10, 2009

I came to FEGS because I needed a job. I was referred to one of their job developers, who found me a sales person position. After some time of working as a sales person, I wanted to change my career. I came back to the job developer and she found me a home health aid job that provided me with better benefits. *review written from job developer's email

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

easy to talk to and understanding of my employment needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 10, 2009

I was unemployed and needed help finding a job where I was able to make a decent living. I was referred to FEG's job developer, who refereed me to a home health aid agency. I have been working there since 2008. *review written from job developer's email

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the great work that they do by finding people jobs.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 10, 2009

I came to FEGS in 2008 because I wanted to become a home health aid. I met with a job developer who referred me to a home health aid agency that was hiring. After working there for some time I wanted to find a job in the same field that offered more benefits. I came back to the job developer who helped me find my fist job and I told her my situation. She was more than happy to help me again, and referred me to another home health aid agency that offered the benefits that I was looking for. *review written from job developer's email

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication they have to providing great service to their clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 10, 2009

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November 10, 2009

In 2006 I came to FEGS for citizenship classes and for employment assistance. The staff I met was very kind and helpful. I met with a civics instructor who helped me learn what I needed to know to rec... more

November 10, 2009

I came to FEGS's Brooklyn Resource Center because I was out of work and needed help finding a job. The employment counselor found me a great job as an office manager at an electric company. As a way of giving back and thanking FEGS, I help place clients from the Brooklyn Resource Center in the company that I now work for. *review written from employment counselor's email

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that after FEGS helped me, I was able to give back by providing jobs for other FEGS clients in my company.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 10, 2009

In 2006 I came to FEGS for citizenship classes and for employment assistance. The staff I met was very kind and helpful. I met with a civics instructor who helped me learn what I needed to know to receive my citizenship. Since I was also in need of a job, I had the pleasure of meeting one of FEGS's employment counselors who found me a job as a home health aid. *review written from Employment Counselor's email

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the services that they provided for me. The staff is very friendly and willing to help its clients with their needs.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

November 9, 2009

In 2007 I came to FEGS Brooklyn Resource Center to see an employment counselor regarding a job. The employment counselor found me a great job in a medical office working the front desk. *review written from employment counselor's email

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the care that the staff gives to the clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

November 9, 2009

I am studying to become a physician's assistant and I wanted a job that would provide me with experience in that field. I came to FEGS for help finding a job in a medical office. The Employment Counselor that I met with found me a job as a Medical Assistant. *review written from Employment Counselor's email

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own need for employment assistance.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

November 9, 2009

As a part time College student I needed to find a job. I was referred to FEGS Brooklyn Resource Center to speak with an employment counselor. The Employment Counselor was very helpful and found me a job as an administrative assistant.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very nice and eager to help me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

In 2006 I was out of work and came to FEGS to meet with an Employment Counselor for help. I was referred to a job as an electrician. I have been working there for the past three and I am very happy with my job. *review written on Employment Counselor's email

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their help with finding me a stable job, so that I can earn a decent living and support my self.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

November 9, 2009

I came to FEGS in 2006 for assistance with finding employment. I met with an Employment Counselor who was very caring and wanted to help me with my job search. She found me a job that suited my experience and skills. Unfortunately, due to the economic situation i found myself unemployed again. Once more I came to my Employment Counselor and asked for help. She was more than happy to help me file for unemployment, so that I was able to meet my financial obligations while she continued to look for another job for me. *review written from Employment Counselor's email

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how thorough the staff is. They provide exceptional services to their clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

I came to FEGS with my husband for the Healthy Marriage Program. After one of the sessions we confided in our case manager about our difficult financial situation. I was looking for a job to support myself and my husband, because he was sick and unable to work. I was referred to a job developer who sent me to free Home Health Aid training classes. After training I got a job as a Home Health Aid. FEGS found that my husband was eligible for SSI and SCRIE Program. Today I am working and my husband collects SSI. We are very grateful to FEGS and our case manager for the help in our time of need. *review written from case manager's email.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help that they provided to my family.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

I came to FEGS in 2003 for employment services. I have been on unemployment for a few months at that time and really needed to find a job. I attended DCIC School and several students recommended that I visit the FEGS location in Brooklyn. Here I met a wonderful Employment Counselor who in two short weeks found me a job at Abigail Press Inc. as a manager with great benefits. Unfortunately, after four years the company moved and I once again was out of a job. I came back to FEGS to see their Employment Counselor, Olga, who recommended me for a job at FEGS's Brooklyn location as a Program Assistant. I successfully passed the interview with the office manager, and recieved a job offer. I have been working for FEGS for the past year and a half. I am very greatful to FEGS and their Employment Counselors for their help in my time of need.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful in my time of need of employment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 5, 2009

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November 5, 2009

Seeking employment for several months I was referred to FEGS by a family friend. This friend forwarded my Resume to an FEGS staff member. On the same day my Resume was forwarded the staff member called me, explained about an open position and asked if I was interested. Within the hour the Organization hiring called me and an interview was set for the following day. Within two weeks I was hired.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the turn-around time. I was called immedately after they received my Resume and the job was offered soon after my interview.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

I have worked for F∙E∙G∙S for over 12 years, and have been fortunate to work in different offices and different programs. For 7 years I worked for a wonderful woman, Gladys Siff, Senior Vice President, and one of the many things she was responsible for was being the Inspector General. In her capacity as Inspector General, she interacted with every division within the agency. During that time I was able to get to know most of what the agency does and how the different divisions work. The common denominator between all of F∙E∙G∙S is the goal to treat each person we serve with dignity and respect, while providing the services they need, no matter what service they need. On a daily basis, that goal is overwhelmingly met. I now work for another wonderful woman, Kathy Rosenthal, Vice President, Family Services and Long Island Regional Operations. Working with Kathy has given me the opportunity to see yet another side of F∙E∙G∙S. I have learned so much about the many different programs that are offered here. My co-workers often go above and beyond what is expected. If there is a need, they try to meet it and often come up with creative ways to do so. I can see the joy on the faces of those who are receiving assistance as well as on those who are giving it. It’s nice to know we make a difference. F∙E∙G∙S continues to look for ways to serve the community. New programs are introduced as the need arises. F∙E∙G∙S is in constant motion, changing when necessary and yet is a constant in the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing people achieve their goals,

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

I became aware of F∙E∙G∙S through a flyer posted in my library when I was searching for a job after having been laid off more than 14 years ago. The flyer was for the Displaced Homemaker program. After placing a call to them, I was accepted into the program where I was able to update my computer skills and gain the confidence to go out on interviews. Upon completion of the program I was very fortunate to be hired by F∙E∙G∙S as a per diem employee. Several months later I was hired as a part-time employee and eventually as a full-time employee. F∙E∙G∙S turned out to be a godsend in my time of need. I am now starting my 15th year with F∙E∙G∙S and have witnessed its tremendous growth. When you hear words of appreciation from people who have received help from F∙E∙G∙S you know we are definitely doing something right.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my connection with the Displaced Homemaker program. I was accepted into the program and re-trained to enter the workforce. Upon my completion of the training I was hired by FEGS.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their understanding in my time of need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue the programs in existence and expand into other areas in their quest to assist people in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

I am employee of FEGS. Though there are many wonderful programs, my favorite is the Volunteer program in Syosset, NY. I see how dedicated the staff are in their pursuit to help individuals and families for their day to day needs, as well as making sure that they have what they need in order to celebrate holidays. They also make sure that children have school supplies at the beginning of the school year to ensure that they get off to a good start. Their projects are not limited to this, but are an everyday work in progress.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

donating and seeing needy families in crisis helped

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unselfish and very giving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enhance their programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

I have been an educator for over twenty years and at the present time work in the Central office of the Board of Education.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several of our Bronx high schools. As a jewish woman the UJA has provided wonderful services for many of our students. In particular, your Bronx office of Mental Health has worked with some of our most needy students and helped to keep them in school.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread the wealth and office similar services to other high school students. Maybe many more students would remain in school and graduate

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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