Westchester Jewish Community Services, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   144 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Health

Location: 845 North Broadway White Plains NY 10603 USA

Mission: A wide range of affordable clinical and community-based mental health, counseling and support programs, autism supports, home health care services, learning programs and services for people with developmental disabilities assist those who live or work in Westchester County. Service is offered in homes, schools, clinic settings, and in the community. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of services, to being responsive to changing community needs, and maintaining fiscal and programmatic responsibililty. Specific programs, funded through UJA-Federation and private foundations, serve the Westchester Jewish community.
Target demographics: WJCS offers individuals with developmental disabilities a range of clinical and residential services to enable them to reach their highest potential. Group residences in convenient communities and supervised apartments for high functioning young adults foster independence and socialization.
Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 19,000
Geographic areas served: Westchester County, New York
Programs: see our website http://www.wjcs.com/ for complete information:
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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914-761-0600
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Rating: 5 stars  

I truly enjoy volunteering at Kid's Kloset. I get such a good feeling by packing bags for needy children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I did workshops on Alternative Career Options and Entrepreneurship for unemployed individuals at WJCS's Connect-to-Care Division.

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

Seeing 100's (over 1000) people get hired through their Connect-to-Care division

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Enjoyed educating people and helping people understand their non-traditional options.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with Kid's Kloset, a children's clothing pantry sponsored by Westchester Jewish Community Services, for the past year. In that time we have clothed over 1800 needy children with individual Bags of Love, each with a child's name and a week's worth of gently used and new clothes. The heart and soul of this organization, Stephanie Roth, works tirelessly as a volunteer, to constantly make social service agencies, schools, religious organizations and community centers aware of our work; she is always looking for likely sources of donations, both individual and group/corporate, to ensure that we have the means to make up our Bags of Love. About a month ago, we were put out of our home due to a fire on the roof of our building. Stephanie never gave up and worked 24/7 to find us a temporary home. We are now in a large, clean, airy space, a great place to work. This is an amazing organization and Stephanie is a truly gifted organizer and worker.

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

When we give these Bags of Love to the social workers, their appreciation on the part of the children is overwhelming. The cards we receive from some recipients is hopeful and inspiring.

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

work to get more volunteers, more donations. Every penny we raise, every hour spent in time goes directly to children in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

We are constantly working to improve our collection and delivery of clothing.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have made many new friends and have reaffirmed that it is people like these volunteers who truly make our community a better place.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Renewed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering as a tutor at the Mount Vernon New York Edward Williams Elementary School Afterschool Advantage program which is a WJCS sponsored program. The program is invaluable to the school community. I am involved as a member of Westchester Reform Temple which supports the program with many adult and student volunteers. As an experienced teacher I am able to tutor students on their school work and give very much needed help. The relationships that I have formed with the students are extremely gratifying. They are so appreciative of the help. They have told me that the attention that the tutors give them makes them feel special. An impressive group of high school student have organized their peer group into a high school club. They take their responsibility seriously and come in strong numbers to tutor the children in the program and to work on special projects with them. This is a win win situation - the children in the after school program get invaluable help and the high school students experience the satisfaction of knowing that they have done an amazing job in giving to those who are in need.

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

included in the above review

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

try to get even more support for the after school program

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Rating: 5 stars  

These seders provide an invaluable servide to the Jewish community they serve. I have been volunteering for nearly 20 years, and have seen firsthand the joy the seders bring to the developmentally disabled population and their family members. The guests look forward to the seders, not only as a chance to celebrate their Jewish traditions with song, prayer and food, but also to connect with friends they have made at the seders over the years. It is also a wonderful experience for the younger generation of volunteers, to actively participate in such a heart warming event.

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

the seders for the developmentally disabled

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

get them more funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been one of the volunteers at the WJCS Seders for the disabled. Clearly the benefit to those who attend is incredibly worthy, however, the benefit received by our student volunteers ( B'nai Mitzvah age and older) is PRICELESS. For some it is their chosen Mitzvah project for others it is a project that they participate yearly. It is quite an experience ~ all around to behold!

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

For about 6 years

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff at WJCS is warm and caring. I am a volunteer helping out with meal delivery to home-bound seniors. The seniors are SO happy when they have a visitor and a warm home-cooked meal. I am so proud to be a part of their program and I hope they can continue to provide this service - and so many many more to those in need.

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

I see the happiness it brings the home-bound seniors

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

they run a great and caring organization...no changes needed

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been one of the volunteers at the WJCS Seders for the disabled. I witness many of the same people attending the service. They look forward to coming and taking a part in the Seder. I believe I have participated for at least five years, and I feel good about seeing the happy look on the faces of the people, during the services.

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

I feel good about seeing the happy look on the faces of the people, during the services.

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been participating as a table leader in this Seder for 18 years. It is a beautiful and wonderful experience. The team of volunteers lead by Gail is terrific and have become my close friends. I love seeing our work come together for this special population. This program is necessary as it fills the population with cultural joy. "Jewish spiritualism" is the theme of the room. All are so easily connected to being together to experience the Seder story, the food, the music, the tradition and the so much care and friendship. All three of my children have participated as waiters and now my oldest son enjoys sitting at the table with the population and feeling their joy at the Seder. It is truly a deep and wonderful connection for our family to our Jewish life. We all look forward to seeing our friends from all the different group homes year to year. I love seeing their faces light up showing recognition that we are all together again for our Passover Seder.

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

I have personally experienced the joyful power of self confidence and group belonging the Seder has given this population. They love being connected to their Jewish identity. They love being with each other and apprieciate all of the volunteers.

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

If I had to make changes to this orgaization, I would make sure that there will always be funds to help the Seder events continue.

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Rating: 5 stars  

WJCS serves a tremendous role in Westchester.
The organization embraces the diversity of the County and is able to support every need that arises.

An example of this is the Women's Home Center on Barton in White Plains. This center has been operating for almost 2 years and provides a safe and healthy home environment for 6 Jewish women. These 6 women are in their 20's and 30's and are developmentally disabled. This is their first home away from home which provides them with independence. The experience gives these women supervision, their own living area, daily responsibilities in a group setting, and either part time employment or school - all of which are coordinated by WJCS.

It is an amazing program that has changed the lives of these women.

It is imperative to understand the needs of our community and the critical need to serve it, as WJCS does.

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

Knowing that so many of Weschester's children benefit from WJCS programs.

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

I would make sure the public understands that WJCS serves MUCH more than Jewish programs.

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