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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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Self-employed for 24 years, Connect-to-Care has guided me, step-by-step, thru the daunting tasks of helping to identify my skills, constructing a resume to be proud of, showing me how to network, providing me with networking opportunities, connecting me to Linked-in, providing spiritual support and stress management, and preparing me to jump into the job market - with momentum. The outstanding and varied workshops and one-on-one counseling services are the best gifts I have ever received.

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

Gaining momentum and some direction (and ending my slump!) has so far been the best results.

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

Realizing that in these very tough times, I'm really not alone. I walked into Connect-to-Care with guarded enthusiasm and now everytime I leave a workshop or counseling session I feel energized.

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

Every staff member and volunteer has been terrific and wonderfully supportive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I attended excellent job workshops at the Westchester Jewish Community Services office. They also provided me with telephone and computer workstations that are available for job seekers. The Linked In workshop had hands-on use of the computer with the help from the workshop coordinator. They are doing an excellent job for the job seeker and for the Jewish community.

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

Job workshops.

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

Excellent planning.

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

Wonderful.

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

increase its service to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I found out about The Westchester Jewish Community Services about a year and a half ago when my wife became ill. We called The WJCS and they sent a wonderful Social Worker to help us with our problems. She was an exceptionally knowledgeable, kind and caring person and guided us through many difficult situations. Unfortunately, my wife's condition worsened and she subsequently died. However, The WJCS did not give up on me. The Social Worker has continued to work with me and help give me a new start in life. She also directed me to an excellent bereavement group, run by the organization, which has helped me considerably to get through this terrible period in my life. During the time that I have been working with WJCS, I have learned of the many services that they offer to the public. I am so impressed with all of the good work that The WJCS does for so many people, that I have become a volunteer worker for them.

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

several different ways. Tender, loving care both for my wife when she was ill, and for me after my wife died.

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

that I have never met so many lovely, kind, caring, knowledgeable and helpful people gathered under one roof, as I have met at The WJCS.

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

the best. All of the staff that I have worked with are extremely knowledgeable, caring, helpful and professional.

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

help another million people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am the parent of a young adult in the Point Program.I am most happy to say that it has now been 1 year and my son is doing beautifully.The transition from teenager to young adulthood, from school to working and living on his own is being made with support and love from WJCS and the wonderful staff.They are always there to help on any level and are sensitive and caring.This organization has flourished over the years for good reason.May it always continue to do so,the need is greater than ever.This organization is a great gift to humanity.

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

warm ,loving and caring about these young adults.They have made them feel safe and part of a community.They are there to guide them so we as parents may step back. It is a feeling of great comfort to us as parents to have WJCS to rely upon.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough good things about the services of WJCS. In the past year I have been the fortunate beneficiary of services of the Pathways to Caring Program. The outreach counselor was outstanding in her personal support of me and in her ability to connect me with other invaluable WJCS and community services. I benefited from help from the fabulous Holistic Nurse and the home care agency. In addition, I have been participating in two wonderfully inspiring classes offered by the Rabbi of the Jewish Healing Center. These classed have been both excellent learning opportunities but have also offered me the opportunity for spiritual growth that I had been seeking. I also participated in a Congregation based Jewish Meditation class.

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

see previous entry

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

The Middot Classes

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

Rabbi, social worker, Holistic Nurse, home care nurse and aide.

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

Expand and continue it's good work in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was fortunate, indeed, to participate in the Group Spiritual Direction Program under the auspices of the Jewish Spiritual Healing Center at a time of personal distress (illness and family crises). Ambivalent about my religious practice, and uncertain about what to expect, I found solace in the spiritual community and healing environment that Rabbi Pamela Wax created. Through such activities as meditation, chanting, and discussion, Rabbi Wax fostered an atmosphere of acceptance, while providing thought-provoking opportunities for reflection. I remain grateful to Rabbi Wax and the group for their support and guidance in helping me create personal meaning at a difficult time.

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

increase its funding exponentially.

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

exceptionally wise, kind, and professional.

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

change the lives of more people in Westchester County.

Ways to make it better...

I could have continued in the group for a longer period.

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

money, money and money! (Well, lack thereof)

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I utilized the Connect to Care Job Resource Center in Ryebrook NY. Anita Greenwald and her staff were wonderful. I am trying to start my own business, and I was able to meet with a representative from the Small Business Association - Geraldine Kavanah, who was wonderful. She provided specific information on who I needed to contact, and shared many of her ideas. This service was much better then I expected.

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

how respectful and caring they were.

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

very nice.

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

help many other people who are unemployed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I don't know what my family would do without WJCS! Both my daughter and I have been in counseling at WJCS. My daughter had some learning issues, and WJCS administered a full battery of tests. I also was in a group for recently divorced parents. Everyone that we dealt with at WJCS was highly skilled, and very helpful. This is a great organization.

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

so many ways. My family has needed help. I've also met and spoken to others who say that WJCS really helped them.

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

professional, kind and extremely helpful.

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

help so many more people through their superior service delivery!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Comments from: Lawrence Gralla 33 Rockledge Road Hartsdale, NY 10530 phone 914 472-2338 I have had severale favorable experiences with Westchester Jewish Community Services over the years. Two of them are the following. Some years ago, I was suffering from a clinical depression. A fiend suggested I see WJCS. I saw a person there, and she referred me to a specific treatment center and person at a facility in White Plains, NY. I got important help I needed, and was soon better. More recently, I became interested in a young man who had been dismissed, unfairly I thought, from his job with a large organization. I referred him to WJCS. WJCS looked into the case, accompanied him to court hearings, and got him reinstated. He is now successfully employed elsewhere. The reputation of WJCS here in Westchester County, NY, is well known and widely praised. Respectfully submitted, Lawrence Gralla

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

Each timew WJCS was contacted, by myself and others I know, they have dealt promptly and successfully with the situation presented to them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My daughter is one of six very fortunate Jewish women who reside at Chai House, a group home opened by WJCS in March 2009. Chai House not only provides a safe and caring environment, but it also enables the women to mantain their Jewish observance and traditions. My family and I are very grateful to WJCS for all that they have done and continue to do to make Chai House a wonderful place for these women to live. The planning that went into this endeavor spanned a four-year period, during which numerous meetings were held with the families and also with the community. WJCS hired a competent and caring staff for the residence, and were and continue to be responsive to all issues and concerns raised by the families. It is difficult to think of even one matter that WJCS has not dealt with in a professional and effective manner. Because of the vision and efforts of WJCS, my daughter and the other five women will live in a warm, safe, and nurturing Jewish environment for the rest of their lives.

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

the professionalism and commitment of the staff, and their willingness to work closely with clients and families to address all of our concerns.

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

intelligent, caring, and committed to making the Chai House endeavor a success.

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

open more group homes to meet the growing need for residential services and provide more outreach services to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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