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January 14, 2010

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January 14, 2010

Family members have had excellent experiences with several JEVS' programs, including career strategies, in-home care takers, and summer jobs. Because of this, I was extremely happy when a board member invited me to join the board. The more I have learned about the quality and breadth of the organization, the more impressed I am about its compassion, professionalism, and business acumen, all rolled into a single organization! JEVS truly lives up to the goal of its tagline: "Making hope happen."

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

Visiting homes for the mentally challenged, who feel cared-for and safe. Visiting job training for those who then forge ahead in new careers like carpentry or court reporting. Visiting day programs for the mentally challenged who now have fulfilling lives

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

JEVS is a business, expanding services where there is opportunity to do so; providing services in an extremely professional manner. It also is an extraordinary nonprofit, constantly fulfilling its mission of providing excellent care to all clients.

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

Uniformly professional in their attitude and competence, in addition to much compassion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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January 14, 2010

I have been invovled with JEVS as a Board Memeber and officer for over 40 years. I began as a practicum student, working at the Work Adjustment Center where in addition to learning the evaluation process, observing the then workshop program, I saw at once the determination and flexibility of the agency to meet the changing needs of the commyunity. Even in lean and uncertain times, the morale among staff and board remained high, and committment to the mission, - making hope happen - unchanging. As funding streams dried up, the agency has been able tio adapt and maintain its energ.y JEVS growth is attributable to the high caliber of staff and board that has continued since the agency began. This is an agency less concerned with prestige and social status than with helping those in need acquire dignity and productivity. It has been recognized deservedly for ethical and quality standrds it adheres to.

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

Seeing the results of servivces offered and its success in maintaining services even in austere times.

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

The sense that it is meeting the needs of a wide range of clients, including those most neglected by our society.

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

great.

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

benefit more the welfare community; set up new programs needed by the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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January 14, 2010

JEVS Human Services is the gold standard for human services organizations. Its tagline, "making hope happen," clearly describes the benefits clients receive. The amazing staff at JEVS is the complement to the top-tier services provided to those in need. Particularly today, when people are out of work, when government funding is shrinking, JEVS steps up and gives people the support they need for the independence they desire.

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

Its activism in supporting those who are in need

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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January 14, 2010

I have been on the Board of Trustees for several years. My reason for accepting this role was that i had seen so many wonderful things our various agencies have done with so many people within the community at large, without regard for race, creed or any other identifying factor. My first personal awareness came while visiting one of our group homes and I witnessed the care our clients were receiving. I felt that if I, or a family member were to need similiar assistance, this would be what i could only hope for. The clients were honored and respected as people by all the staff and one could see thaey were comfortable in their home. second, i have witnessed the work done at OTI with our students and the sccesses they've made for themseves after their training. They are now better able to provide for themselves and have the dignity one deserves. I could go on about the success I've seen in the community, yet I want to also mention how great the administrative team is to work with. I just always feel that they look at their work as a vocation, not just a job, the exude compassion for their clients and for the community as a whole. I am truly proud to be associated with JEVS.

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

watching the staff model the behaviors that any and everyone could follow in this, and other , fields. ( I like me better when i am with them.)

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

very tuned in to the needs of their clients and the community in general, and totally willing to create a better environment

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 13, 2010

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January 13, 2010

JEVS Human Services is a remarkable organization. The breadth of services it provides to its clients is simply staggering. Over the past 7 years I have been involved with JEVS, I have witnessed this organization providing a wide array of services to clients in need. JEVS gave those clients "hope". Whether it was a mother struggling to get off of the welfare rolls and back into the workforce, a laid off worker seeking job training and new skills, elderly and disabled individuals receiving care in the home, an addict receiving treatment or a severely handicapped individual living in a loving group home environment with a caring staff, JEVS was there. Serving over 20,000 clients a year, JEVS' ability to provide outstanding services on all levels is second to none. During this difficult economic time when non-profits are struggling, JEVS has continued to thrive and provide essential servies to the most needy in the community. JEVS management is a group of incredibly talent professionals that has guided the organization magnificently. Their outstanding foresight and planning allows JEVS to continue providing essential services, to grow the number of clients served and meet its mission. The staff of nearly 1,000 employees, most of which are long-term employees, are the backbone of the organization. Their dedication to the organization and the clients they serve is what helps make JEVS great.

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

witnessing the incredible, inspiring stories of JEVS clients who, with the assistance of JEVS and its staff, have risen above exteme adversity (including disabilities) to become active members of the workforce. It is truly inspiring!!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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January 13, 2010

Taking visits to the job placement centers and hearing from Supports for Independence clients has shown me the true value of JEVS and how it impacts people's lives so personally.

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

Seeing the impact the services of JEVS can have on individuals lives every day.

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

Extrmemely committed to the organization and the clients they serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 12, 2010

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January 12, 2010

A fantastic organization at all levels, from the staff to the volunteers and board of directors. JEVS is a creative, cutting-edge organization dedicated to "making hope happen" throughout the community. The organization strives to first evaluate the many challenges and needs faced by our society(such as job skills training, independence for the aged, and many other other social service matters) and then designs and implements creative programatic solutions.

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

My exposure to some of the most creative, cutting-edge minds in the non-profit space, and seeing the many positive results come to fruition within our community.

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

Wonderful people -- I am amazed at the tenure of the volunteers and employees. People stay at JEVS --- 15, 20, even 25 years of employment and involvement is not uncommon.

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

Expand its geographic reach beyond the Mid-Atlantic region, and also would be able to design and implement social services solutions to even more societal problems.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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One of the best run, most organized organizations I have ever seen. This is a group who not only makes a difference to the lives of the people who it provides vocational training to but carries on the relationships with future employers and former students for a very long time. Additionally, they run small group homes for various disabilities, which provide a quality of life for the residents so far above any state run facility. Overall, after 5 years on the board I have yet to see anything at all which deserves a critical comment. As positive as this review sounds, believe me, it is toned down considerably.

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

seeing the quality of life they provide for those in the small homes and by seeing the true pride in people who excell after a biot of their vocational training.

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

make it bigger

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

Seeing the motivation that leads to the success of the students and hearing the positive attitude of the people ruinning the homes.

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

Genuinely curious about what I thought of their part of the organization. THey truly cared.

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

Truly make a dent in our city and possibly set up nationwide models.

Ways to make it better...

I had learned about them sooner

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

federal and state funding limitations causing greater reliance on private donations

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

I am honored to have a small part in this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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January 12, 2010

This is a caring and well-organized and managed organization that combines the best of the business world with the best of the social services world.

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

a program in which Welfare to Work participants were assisted by former welfare recipients without any compensation.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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