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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Health, Home Health Care, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

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:

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am in the book club, called Connections, run by the WJCS. This club takes plsce on the phone since most of the participants are homebound and have problems with their eyes. I am wheelchair homebound with MS, so for me it is a G'd send. Debbie of WJCS goes out of her way to get the books for me and orders tapes of those who need them. It is a wonderful organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enought to be invited to observe the WJCS program for seniors which is held a few days each week at a local synagogue. It was a wonderful, active sight to see. I watched a Yiddush discussion while others were taking an exercise class. I heard a senior (a participant in the program) play the piano for his peers; he does on a regular basis. After the classes, the seniors moved into a dining area where the only hot-kosher lunch program in Westchester County exists. This program is organized and run by WJCS & it is a much-needed program for these elderly residents of Westchester County. I saw a woman whom I have met before participate in the Yiddush class with so much vibrancy (when I visited this person in her apartment, she couldn't even lift her head to speak to me). I can see how beneficial this progarm is to our community & I highly recommend WJCS.

In addition to the work WJCS does with the elderly, I am very impressed with the work WJCS does to help families with autism. This growing population of those diagnosed and their family members need all the support they can get. It is wonderful that WJCS has a place for these families to turn.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Jeanne is autistic. When she lived at home, I could barely pry her from her room. Family and/or church activities were the only things she liked to do. After seven years in a WJCS group home with five other young woman, she has become (relatively speaking) a social butterfly. The girls are busy - with activities of their choice - almost every night of the week. This includes social groups, cooking classes, music classes, dances, bingo, etc. I could go on. What a difference. I am forever grateful for the professional and caring staff for the dramatic changes that has occurred in my daughter's life. Thank you WJCS!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WJCS was/is a most needed organization especially during this time of great unemployment. An incredible amount of effort and time is put into creating an environment for women to come together and support, network, guide, grieve, encourage and hear each other. Groups are available to teach and help women to find jobs and support systems.
I found no other place in the county so beneficial and intelligent.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

WJCS was right down the street from me in Hartsdale but was never sure what they did until I found a Women Helping Women program that was established to help Westchester women who were unemployed. I was still looking for a full time position at the time (since went back to full time home based biz) but attended several seminars or dtress management, LinkedIn, and how to dress for your type. All were wonderful, close to home, helpful and FREE. I know I gained from this outreach and so did many of my neighbors.

Review from Guidestar

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Havorah Program offers wonderful activities to allow the disabled of Westchester to participate and experience Judaic traditions and to celebrate the Jewish holidays that otherwise they would not be able to do. My disabled daughter and I have attended many of the functions sponsored by the Havorah Program and we both have enjoyed them immensely. We appreciate all the hard work and effort that Gail Oliver has put into coordinating these activities. It is very important to continue this wonderful program that brings so much joy to the participants.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several Havorah Partners Programs with my son, who is Developmentally Disabled & we have greatly enjoyed them all. It is well organized; the volunteers are kind,& the entertainment is always special. It gives me great pleasure to know that my son can attend such meaningful Jewish occasions. Judging from the happiness on the faces of all who attend, I think the same is true. Deborah Stern