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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.