JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES

Rating: 4.88 stars   122 reviews

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Location: 1070 College Ave Columbus OH 43209 USA

Mission: Jewish Family Services helps individuals and families facing lifes challenges.
Results: In FY 2012, 538 people obtained employment, 220 families in crisis are rebuilding their lives and 260 Holocaust Survivors are living in dignity.
Target demographics: anyone who walks through our doors
Direct beneficiaries per year: 546 people obtain employment, 377 older adults maintained their independence and ove 25,000 teen girls, moms, educators and mentors hear healthy relationship and empowering messages.
Geographic areas served: Central Ohio
Programs: Career and Workforce Development Programs to assist entry level through professionals to obtain and retain employment. Counseling, Case Management and Community Support to our local community and focusing on the emerging needs of teens, young professionals, refugees and older adults and their caregivers.
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EIN 31-4379497
614-231-1890
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with Jewish Family Services in June 2012 through their Success program. It was an incredible life change for me. I had been unemployed for nearly 4 months and job searching for more than 6 months and was losing hope and motivation that I would find a job. Through the Success program I worked with an incredible Career Consultant who gave me support and encouragement. She helped me re-write my resume and create three separates ones designed at different jobs I was targeting. The workshops were wonderful and the highlight of my week was the meetings for the Success program clients. It was nice to get out, interact with others in the same situation and offer each other support, encouragement, and networking. I have recommended the services that Jewish Family Services offered to several friends who are also unemployed, new to the area and job searching, or looking for a career change. I credit the Success program with helping me get back to work - the job I finally landed I had applied to three separate times and the third time was with my new resume and I walked into my interview armed with new tips, tricks, and hints to make me stand out and be successful!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional in the field, living out of town, when my family in Columbus was in need we turned to Jewish Family Services. When a family member's life was falling apart mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially, we were desperate for answers and services. The need for support and services was clearly one of life and death. This case was extremly complex - especially because the person in need was not fully aware of how dire their situation was. JFS was there with us every step of the way. Living out of town, it was hard to be involved at a level that was needed. JFS was available and accessible every step of the way. They helped us identify and access approriate services within JFS and the State system, providced support for an intervention, provided support to family members, and provided excellent follow-up. JFS was a partner and stayed with us as we navigated a very unusual and difficult situation. Today, after a near death experience, my family member is healthy, happy, and building her life. Thank you JFS for your remarkable support!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to all at JFS for giving me the skills to get re-employed! After many months looking for a new job, the knowledgeable staff at Jewish Family Services helped me to refine the search, rework my resume, and kick-start the networking I needed to get a contract job in Distributon and then a new career in Pharmaceuticals. I highly recommend them as a COWIC agency and a great group of experts.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I dropped out of the workforce for two years for personal reasons, and when I began looking for employment again, Jewish Family Services and its workshops were absolutely invaluable to me! EVERY workshop or class I attended was insightful, well-run, and even enjoyable! I KNOW that I definitely improved my interview skills immeasurably, and I am confident that the reason I found the right job and nailed it (eventually) was because I had "prepped" so much with Jewish Family Services' help! I cannot recommend this organization highly enough! Nancy J. Golden

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jewish Family Services were a tremendous help while I was looking for a new job, the workshops I attended were so valuable and empowering! I had been working in the arts & non-profits for 10 years, and after being laid-off, I attended a few workshops at JFS and found the information and attention to detail by the instructors invaluable. The instructors were so professional and they were on top of current trends. I came away with some very helpful tools to frame my approach in presenting myself on paper in my resume and cover letters and in my interviews and networking opportunities.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can attest that JFS truly makes a difference in people's lives because it has made a significant difference in mine and my family’s. Two years ago we experienced serious difficulties that had us suddenly struggling. A friend suggested that we contact JFS. The staff at JFS were caring and supportive. They jumped in and gave us the practical help we desperately needed to get through our most immediate problems. They also connected us with the resources to help us in the long term. This was all done with the utmost kindness and sensitivity. All of the staff have been wonderful but I can’t say enough good things about Lisa Carroll. She is an extremely positive person who problem-solved and stood by us. Today we are in a much better place than we were two years ago and JFS is a big reason why.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jewish Family Services (JFS) in Columbus, Ohio helped me out during one of the hardest time of my life. I had lost the only job I had held as an adult. I had worked for the same company for 25 years and had rarely had to interview for positions within the company as I moved around by reputation. I am one of those people who identity IS their job. During my 16 months of unemployment the time I spent in the Success program was where I gained my confidence back and learned that there were many others in the same situation I was in. Well respected professionals that had lost positions through no fault on their part, but a matter of economics. The 'Why' often doesn't matter when you are in that position. The members of the Success team and every employee I met at JFS offered patience, caring, understanding and when it was needed in my case some gentle prodding. They helped to find job leads. They helped make my resume even more professional and tailor it to the business I was applying to. They offered me a chance to do several mock interviews because my skills in that area were lacking. They provided encouragement and feedback along the way. Even now after I have been employed for over 2 years I still hear from the person who offered me my main guidance. I would especially like to thank Lora Fish for all of her help in the program! This program is amazing and I truly appreciate the opportunities.

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

having help in my job search.

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

not change a thing except maybe to offer more funding so they could open it up to more people. This is a very valuable service.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

How did you find this group?

I was referred here through Columbus Jobs and Family Service (JFS). I had gone there for job aids.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have encouraged me to always keep open opportunities for networking. That is probably the most important lesson I would take away from it.

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I want to express my appreciation to JFS and the talented professionals operating the SUCCESS program. The personal commitment demonstrated by the team was incredibly helpful and allowed me to reach my goal. The one on one and group support meant so much to me, but even more the state of the art information related to resume writing and interview coaching allowed me to identify and articulate transferable skills and create a successful marketing strategy.
Every dislocated worker should have the opportunity to experience the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of such a team. Thank you very much!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Words can not express the thanks I want to give to JFS-SUCCESS program that I been a member since 2009. When I lost my job after working long hours for almost 5 years, Mindy Agin was there to help me pick up the pieces. First she got me a loan to cover the first month bills until unemployment kicked in! Next she got me into the Success program on Wednesday where I met Jim Hake, April Walters,Justin Keaton,Lora Fish on a weekly basis. They all were very important in helping me get job leads,attending classes that gave each month, listening to the speakers every wed.Of Course the leader of this great group of caring,helpful and kind is the one and only Karen Hughes , who I first met in 2005 when I suffered my first layoff in over 20 years. She helped me with my first resume that I had to write. Last but not least is the Director of Business Relations is Lynn Aspey. Who Together with Mindy did several mock interviews and got me many job leads. Through that I got the job lead that I think will be my dream job. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  



I first became involved with the JFS Success Group a few months after my long-term operations management position with Macy’s was eliminated. Until then, my job search was going nowhere. Then I met Mindy Agin and the wonderful team of professional counselors at JFS. Suddenly, I had a dedicated and compassionate counselor who gave my search the focus and direction it lacked. The entire Success team at JFS provided support and insured I was equip with the confidence, the resume, the interview and networking skills necessary to search for, and secure a new position. I recently began that new position. I am truly grateful to the entire team and especially Lynn Aspey, who provided a little extra push at just the right time! Thank you one and all. Sincerely, DP.

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

The JFS Success team was instrumental in the success of my job search and recent employment in a very difficult job market. I am forever grateful!

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

Change nothing.

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