JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES

Rating: 4.88 stars   122 reviews

Issues: Human Services

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 31-4379497
614-231-1890
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Rating: 5 stars  

JFS not only helped me professionally with my resume' and training courses on various relevant topics but assisted in boosting my self confidence during a time of struggle. I was treated both professionally and courteously by every team member of JFS. The Wednesday meetings, round table discussions and continuous feedback and follow-up provided me a lifeline back into the working world. I cannot say enough good things about JFS and their staff.

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

improving professionally and gained full time employment.

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

nothing at all.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 lifesaver, 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  

The SUCESS program was fantastic! Very supportive staff! Great support in times of need. Glad they are around!

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?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

The success program and Jim Hatch are fantastic. They are helping me be successful in my job search. They are available with great tips and help in this time of few jobs.

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: 4 stars  

After being laid off from my job of 16 years, I joined the SUCCESS program being run by JFS. It was a wonderful, helpful, supportive program that gave form and purpose to my job search and my life during a difficult transitional time. In addition to the expected supports for resume writing and interview preparation and the like, I believe that the program's key component for me was the one-on-one relationship with a counselor and the backing of the program team. It is critically important for someone who has been thrown into uncertainty to have an individual who cares, is a listening board, a cheer leader and can give advise and counsel. It was directly as a result of my counselor's dogged encouragement to take a step that was outside my comfort zone and that I was reluctant to take, that led directly to a work opportunity that eventually led me back to a full-time position in my field. I will be forever grateful to my counselor, to the SUCCESS team and for the fact that the program was there for me when I needed it.

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

helping me to organize, prepare and conduct a search for new employment.

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

Structure the one-on-one meeting time with your counselor a little more formally to avoid the ad hoc, post meeting tumult.

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?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

through a referral

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

Directly helped me to find a new job after being laid off.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jewish Family Services of Columbus, Ohio, was instrumental in helping me find work. JFS staff re-wrote my résumé, helped me prepare for interviews, etc. Also, the ideas and experiences shared with other job seekers was very helpful.

Also, JFS bombarded me with emails from every possible job opening in my field. One of them led to my job.

Most importantly, JFS provided needed encouragement when I needed it the most.

I rate JFS as A++.

David F Mayer

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

Both finding employment as well as family counseling with my children when they were small.

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

Provide JFS with a larger budget. They are doing a great job, they just need more money so they can help more people.

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

How did you find this group?

It is well know in the community.

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

Helped me find a job.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

JFS helped me more than I can say during my time of unemployment. They gave me confidence, interviewing skills, resume writing skills, and the support of a group of wonderful people. Their support helped me go out and nail my job interview and get the job I wanted.

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

Helping me with job application, interviewing, and confidence building. They kept me going when I was jobless and my confidence was low. I would not be where I am now without the help and support of JFS.

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

Expand it so more people could benefit from their services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The staff at Jewish Family Services helped me immeasurably. They are professional, compassionate, and really kept me on track during my employment search. The support of the staff, and camaraderie of the group of SUCCESS participants, gave me the encouragement and confidence I needed to keep me moving forward and land my new job. I highly recommend the organization.

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

honing my resume and interviewing skills and finding a new job.

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

make it larger, possibly with more locations throughout the Columbus area.

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

the friends I've made, and kept, among the staff and participants.

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

professional resume writers, interview coaches, and great confidence builders!

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

expand their facilities, staff and programs to help many, many more people who need their services.

Ways to make it better...

... it could not have been better! I was thoroughly pleased with my experience.

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

facility space and funding (all non-profits always need more funding!).

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

this is the most positive, professional group of people I have ever worked with, and their only goal is to improve the lives of those they serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The SUCCESS team helped me find my new job by giving me the confidence and support I needed in a very uncertain job market. The interviewing skills and networking seminars were incredibly helpful. The JFS staff is totally professional and they are dedicated to helping their clients succeed. I would highly recommend them to anyone facing a job loss/job search situation.

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

the improved attitude and outlook of those in my SUCCESS support group. Facing a job search is very difficult - especially now - and JFS helps people keep their spirits up and keep moving forward.

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

expand it to be able to serve even more people.

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

the positive environment - it helped keep me motivated!

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

certified professional resume writers, career coaches, and social services coordinators.

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

make an even bigger and better impact on job-seekers in the Columbus, OH, area.

Ways to make it better...

some of the guest speakers had been a little better. The one speaker on LinkedIn, in particular, was not very knowledgeable. Most of the speakers were excellent, however.

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

the number of people who currently need their services vs. the number of staff they have. I think they could double in size and still have too many clients.

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

I will seek to support this organization in any way I can. They provide an invaluable service.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I lost my job in 2009, I had not been out of work in years. A friend recommended the SUCCESS program with JFS, which I joined. Throughout my job search, I became depressed, gained weight, and there were days when I was overwhelmed and down. Throughout the whole process, my counsellor, Karen Hughes, served as my biggest cheerleader, helped me to brainstorm, and encouraged me to attended the weekly meetings.

I attended a workshop to become more acquainted with LinkedIn, several weekly informal sessions and a couple of the more formal Wednesday morning sessions and found every service provided to me from JFS to be exceptional.

I am in a long term contract role, now, but still have not landed that elusive full time job; however, Karen continues to provide me with help and guidance. The SUCCESS program provides so much more than resources to help locate work; it provides comfort, support, suggestions, training, and all the resources a roomful of highly trained professionals can employ.

I cannot recommend this program or JFS enough.

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

Helping me to cope with unemployment and locate full time contract work.

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

I cannot think of a thing. From the receptionist to the counsellors, JFS has been wonderful to me!

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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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