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  

Words can not describe the Hope, Help, Comfort and monthly ongoing support that I recieved through JFS and what this all has mean to me and my family. I had just left my husband, could not find a place to live, did not know where to turn. They held out thier arms and held up me and my children for almost 2 years. Monthly script for food, counseling, holiday events, and just a loving warmth and caring that we needed. Backpacks and school supplies when I could not afford them. They have never asked for one thing back in return. I wish I could tell everyone in this whole community about how they touch the lives of so many families in Columbus, but they just say no, keep it quite. They also do not want to embarrass anyone, or single out anyone. Hanukkah, Passover, Rosh Hashanna was special in my house thanks to JFS- I would have had nothing from time to time without them. They made us whole and we are thriving now because of all the good work they do. THANK YOU!!!

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

No cost loans, counseling, food pantry goods, clothing, holiday supplies and gifts, holiday packages, many hours of support one on one from the office staff

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

Find a way to give them thousands of dollars to let them give even more to families due to this economic situation in our country. Both Jewish and Non-Jewish families are touched by the work and giving from JFS. They are connected to where the need is in the communtiy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend of mine recommended that I contact JFS when I was initially unemployeed. I contact Jim Hatch and he mentioned that they had just closed the open enrollment, but to stay in touch and they would have another enrollment in July. While attending JobLeaders, I met Mindy and attended her siminar "Ace the Interview". I stayed in touch and in June I was called by Karen. I was invited to attend their weekly Wednesday meetings and I had a chance to network with many qualified people. Karen also helped me fine tune my resume. Over the time that I was with JFS, they were always supportive and several times we meet and reviewed the progress that I was making. I even recommended that a friend of mine join the group. During the time that I was with JFS, I got involved with The United Way and took part in the LogisticART program througn Columbus State. Without being about of the JFS group, I would never have had that chance. It was through a brainstorming meeting in February, that my resume was sent to someone that the staff knew and he forwarded by resume onto others. I landed an Operations Manager position that was not posted anywhere on the internet. Without the help of JFS, I would not have his job now. I will stay in touch with Karen and her staff and I will continue to recommend JFS to my friends.

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

By them helping me finding a job. Through their network of contacts, they sent my resume to thers, who in turn forwarded my resume onto other companies and as a result, I landed this position.

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

I think they do a wonderful job. When I use to go with my friend to te meetings, we both commented that sometimes it would be nice to have a questions and answer meeting with the entire group. There are questions that people face being unemployeed and I am sure there are others in the meetings who have gone through this previously, that could help answer the questions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was the ONLY non-profit organization that I felt privileged, fortunate and honored to be accepted into. This program was such a blessing for me and my family. I felt so broken, exhausted and worn down. I could not figure out what I was doing wrong when it came to finding employment. I thought I know everything about getting a job, but yet I felt so overwhelmed. Shelia Camden and so many other employees were so confident & knowledgeable about the subject matter at hand that it made me feel as though they were my family because I could ask or share anything with them, knowing that I would receive an honest and helpful answer.

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

Employment Assistance

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

I would not change one things about this program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Columbus Jewish Family Services is awsome ! Without Mindy Anglin & Lora Fish I would not have landed amazing job at The Ohio State University, Office of Academic Affairs. The employment support services at Columbus Jewish Family Services top tier.. from resume developemt , to workshops & most importnat for me; Social Media workshop !

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

Landing a new job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

This organization helps people in the community address psycho social needs ranging from unemployment, holocaust survivors to adult care issues. This organization is available to the community at large but could be viewed as a haven for people who are Jewish. Many years ago, I was a recent Master level graduate and this agency was incredibly helpful to me

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

Seeking help for myself and knowing that many people in the community have received the help they need

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

I think they are fantastic in every way. They have a very strong and dynamic leader, staff. The chair of the Board is very competent and committed

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

Feeling I could make a difference

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

people who go above and beyond because they are passionate about what they do. This is not a job to them.

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

provide more services and more outreach

Ways to make it better...

Once we reach a strategy, I would like to be more involved with raising money through corporate sponsorships

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

Funding. But I believe we can work it through

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

they have great strength in the leadership, staff and great clarity of direction. I am proud to say I work with them

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

If Jewish Family Services were not around, there would be a lot of great people still out of work. God's speed, JFS!

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

their S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Lynn Aspey at JFS is one of my most favorite people on the planet. Her energy is contagious. When the Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group was looking to conduct it's first career fair, Lynn was the first person we called. Through her experience in promoting career fairs, Lynn was instrumental in guiding through the process. The career fair was a great success. Thanks much, Lynn!

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

helping people find jobs.

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

x

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

their willingness to help.

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

highly qualified.

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

put every mid-career professional back to work.

Ways to make it better...

x

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

funding.

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

these people get things done!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

JFS is a wonderful organization and all of the Consultants that I have met put their heart and soul into helping others. They are top notch professionals and take their jobs very seriously. I would highly recommend this organization in your job search as they work very hard for each and every person they serve.

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

I have met some of the job candidates they serve and have been very impressed at the interviewing skills, networking skills and resumes of those candidates. They are truly making a invaluable contribution to the job search for each person they serve.

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

They make it a win-win for the companies they work with. They work very hard to match candidates to job openings that we have.

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

extremely professional and hard working.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The Verizon Wireless Human Resources Team has partnered with Lynn Aspey and her team for years providing resume / interviewing tips to help displaced workers get back to work. It has been a pleasure to work with the JFS team.

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

We have attended the annual Easton Job Fair which is organized by Lynn and her team and we have been able to brand our company and provide information on all the opportunities Verizon Wireless has to offer. Our goal is to give back to the community and help Ohioians get back to work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I cannot say enough good things about the programs and staff of Jewish Family Services in Columbus, especially Lisa Carroll, Danielle Ruben, Tim McNish, Jim Hatch, and June Gutterman.

JFS's Bonei Mishpachot program is truly a lifesavers, helping individuals cope with the financial and emotional straits; while JFS's job-search programs provide those in career transition with the tools, training, advice, and support necessary to conduct a successful job-search campaign.

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

helping me organize and execute a successful job-search campaign, and coping with the emotional and financial problems associated with long-term unemployment.

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

increase its funding to enable the organization to provide more services to those in need in our community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been so fortunate to work with Mindy Agin, a counselor in the Workforce Development Department of the Columbus JFS. Mindy and I knew each other from the community and she readily included me in her large group of opportunity- seekers. I have a varied background and Mindy coached me so that we focused on relevant skills - my resume is impressive thanks to Mindy! As a former Board member and client (!) I can say with gusto that Mindy and JFS contribute tangibly to the community of Columbus.

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

I have a professional resume that ties together my volunteer and career experience

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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