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June 5, 2011

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January 29, 2010

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 ... more

June 5, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand it so more people could benefit from their services.

January 29, 2010

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

June 30, 2009

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand it to be able to serve even more people.

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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

May 12, 2011

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May 12, 2011

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.

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

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

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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!

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

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!!!

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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

Ways to make it better...

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.

April 7, 2011

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April 7, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

October 17, 2013

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March 7, 2011

Before I came to Jewish Family Services I felt scared, alone, and stuck in the situation I was in. After working with them, I was given the support I needed to help me make the necessary changes in m... more

October 17, 2013

Always feels good to know they are always there to help you through personal struggles.... My experience has been a very good one... I had gone through what seemed like something that would last forever.. Never thought I was strong enough to be completely on my own... Jewish Family Services helped me get my life on the right track.... Now that things are starting to fall into place and I have become stronger I owe a huge thank you to them.. They were a HUGE part of getting me to where I am today... A super extra thank you to Lisa Carroll. She is outstanding,strong, kind, and always helpful. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone who feels overwhelmed with life or is going through struggles... Whether it be job seeking, personal and emotional struggles, domestic violence, etc.... Jewish Family Services is there to help..

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 7, 2011

Before I came to Jewish Family Services I felt scared, alone, and stuck in the situation I was in. After working with them, I was given the support I needed to help me make the necessary changes in my life. I feel with their help I was given the chance to start over. I have since gotten out of my situation and am still getting their support. The people at Jewish Family Services go above and beyond when reaching out to help people in need. I highly recommend their services and am so impressed with all the different programs and support they offer!!!! They have given so much I plan on volunteering for this wonderful organization any chance I get.

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

Columbus, Ohio Lisa Carroll has been an amazing advocate!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes

March 2, 2011

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March 2, 2011

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.

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

Employment Assistance

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change one things about this program.

August 9, 2010

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August 9, 2010

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 !

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

Landing a new job!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 14, 2010

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July 14, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

March 8, 2010

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March 8, 2010

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.

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

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 2, 2010

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March 2, 2010

When I was laid off by my employer, I joined the SUCCESS program at JFS to get assistance in finding a new career path. I worked mostly with Mindy Agin, but also some with the other SUCCESS counselors, as they provided me with excellent guidance. Specific things that were extraordinarily helpful to me were (1) coaching on interview skills including performing mock interviews sessions, (2) preparation of a professional and powerful resume, (3) weekly seminars and discussion groups with other SUCCESS participants, and (4) loads of advice on how to pursue employers and jobs of interest. I have recommended many friends and former colleagues to take advantage of their great services. I feel absolutely confident that the fact that I was able to get a new job in a down economy had a lot to do with the help that I got from the JFS team - their advice helped me stand out from the pack and win the job offer!

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

very caring and highly professional!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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