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November 7, 2012

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November 7, 2012

The Executives and their staff are exemplary and beyond compare...working tirelessly to Strengthen Lives and Shape Futures.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 18, 2012

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October 18, 2012

WJCS finds a way to help those with social or mental health issues by providing superb care. The staff go out of their way on a consistent basis spending many extra unpaid hours to see that theiur clients are well served. In addition to the "statistics" that we as board members review, we are rewarded by the stories of appreciation told by individual clients who recount to us who their lives have been changed and uplifted as a result of one of WJCS' programs.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 17, 2012

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November 5, 2009

This is an extraordinary agency. It offers an amazing and professional range of services for infants through seniors. In the professional work that I do, I am eager to refer clients to WJCS' wonderf... more

October 17, 2012

This multi-service non-profit in Westchester County, NY is an incredible organization in so many ways. Excellent programs touch all ages. Staff are caring and committed. Volunteers play a very important role.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 5, 2009

This is an extraordinary agency. It offers an amazing and professional range of services for infants through seniors. In the professional work that I do, I am eager to refer clients to WJCS' wonderful programs, especially for children. The Westchester Jewish community is most fortunate to have WJCS in its midst!

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

its incredible services to children and youth at risk in the Westchester.

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

its professional, caring, quality staff..it is simply top-notch in its excellence and dedication.

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

Expand its current programs and develop ones in the planning stages that have had to be put on hold due to finances. Staff would not have to be so focused on raising funds to survive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2012

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October 15, 2012

Great organization! Impacts lives for the better. Well run.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

When I was first introduced to WJCS by a Board member over 10 years ago, I knew very little of the critical services it provided to so many residents of Wesrtchester County. I decided to learn more and become involved as a volunteer. The more I learned, the more I became committed to their mission, and I was happy to be asked to join the Board and have the opportunity to play a larger role. I am constantly impressed with the caring and innovative thinking of the agency and its well respected staff and committed volunteers. As needs and issues in family mental health, home health care and developmental disabilities arise in the county, WJCS is most often the go-to agency to find a way to meet them.

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

I have visited several group homes.

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

The organization is well managed and I do not have any changes to suggest.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

My involvement with WJCS began nearly 8 years ago, as a volunteer in one of the Continuing Day Treatment programs, where I was touched not only by the commitment and dedication of the staff, but also by the warmth and honesty of the clients. I continue to serve now, on the Board of Directors of this most truly exceptional agency. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of an organization that is comprised of so many diverse programs and services, each of which helps people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds confront the life challenges with which they are faced. It is difficult not to be impressed by the collaboration that continually takes place between the Executive professionals of WJCS, its staff and board members, in meeting the needs of the clients and in always striving to improve the lives of others. All it ever takes is a simple phone call or a conversation to set the wheels in motion, get appropriate referrals, find a hand to hold or a heart to heal.

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

Watching the smiles of accomplishment on the faces of children, young adults, and the elderly who receive services.

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

Only continue to hire the type of exceptional, experienced, educated, and compassionate professionals and staff who currently are associated with WJCS.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

referred by a close friend when I was looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a past president and board member for 20 years I have seen up close the degree of care with which this agency approaches its relationships with its clients, The board is continually presented with opportunities to meet clients and visit sites where services are provided. While the agency is proud of its overall statistics in terms of numbers of clients served, the ability to hear individual stories and the importance that is placed on respect for the clients is a hall mark of this agency. While the agency has a wide scope of activities ranging from the infant to the 100-year old, to the immigrant and to the mentally challenged individual, to the displaced and financiall challenged middle income professional, the quality of care provided is outstanding.

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

Meetings at the headquarters, site visits, and conversations with clients.

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

Find a way for it to attract more financial resources as the only constraint to the excellent work is the funding of the organization.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a 6 year board member, as well as an actie participant in many non-profit organizations, I can honestly say that WJCS is a remarkably effective and well run organization. Everything they do, across an incredibly wide spectrum of social services, is done with excellence, intelligence, compassion and efficiency. We constantly hear from users of WJCS services who come to give testimony at board meetings, that the organization has deeply and positively afffected their lives. We are constantly told by our goverment funders at the State and County level, that we are amonth the best run and most efficient deliverer of services, and they want us to do more.

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

Visiting and seeing the real time delivery of Group Home Services in Yonkers, education for single mothers with related day care for children, also in Yonkers, both Elder Services and troubled teen sesrvices in Mt Vernon, to name just a few.

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

Get them a bigger budget so they could do more!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a board member and beneficiary of the services offered by Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), I have witnessed the positive impact this agency has made in the lives of thousands of my neighbors throughout Weschester County.

In 1976, my mother enrolled in the Parent-Child Home
Program (PCHP), an early childhood learning program offered through WJCS. PCHP sent a home visitor to work with my mother and I for one visit a week for two years, during the second and third year of my life. My mother, a recent immigrant from Colombia, was struggling with a language barrier and inexperience in raising a child. PCHP empowered my mother to become my first teacher, by modeling behavior for her to utlize with me and my younger brother. In addition, PCHP brought books and educational toys that my mother would share with me long after the home visitor had left.

I credit this early-childhood experience for providing me with the skill-set I needed to succeed in school. Unlike my peers who has similiar backgrounds to my own, I felt at ease with books and had an expanded vocabulary. This continued throughout my academic career, and I became the first in my family to attend college, earning a degree from Cornell University. My brother followed in my footsteps and obtained his degree from Cornell University several years later. I credit my success to the services provided by PCHP and WJCS to my family, and for that I am eternally grateful and indebted to this wonderful agency.

Today, I am honored to serve on the board of WJCS, and together with my colleagues on the board, we are working hard to ensure that residents throughout Westchester continue to obtain critical social services provided by WJCS.

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

I have personally benefitted from the services rendered by the Parent Child Home Program, a program sponsored by the Westchester Jewish Community Services.

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

WJCS, like other providers of social services, are challenged to retain and recruit a talented employee base in a competitive market. WJCS and its employees have done a wonderful job of continuing to provide quality services despite decreased resources. WJCS must continue to find innovative and resourceful means to provide these services, as we expect that resources for these wonderful programs to decrease in the near future.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

As a WJCS Board member for almost 25 years, I have had the opportunity to work together with professionals who are of the highest caliber and representative of the WJCS mission... dedicated to helping people of all ages cope with emotional, cognitive, environmental, physical, social and educational challenges. Throughout the years, our committed Board of Directors has helped to build the foundation and is continuing to take the steps to Strengthen Lives and Shape Futures

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

my role as a Board member and officer for 25 years.

Ways to make it better...

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

Maintain the caliber of executive staff and highly qualified professionals.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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