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JEWISH VOCATIONAL & CAREER COUNSELING SERVICE
January 29, 2010

As a member of the JVS staff for more than seven years, I was immensely proud to be a part of an organization that was so effective at developing and implementing innovative services to help an incredible range of people - adults transitioning from welfare to work, refugees, people with disabilities, youth, low-wage workers - find not just jobs but careers. Now that I work at an organization, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, whose National Network of Sector Partners initiative highlights best practices in workforce development, I find myself referring to JVS frequently as an exemplar and leader for the field and consulting with JVS staff as experts with lessons to share with others around the country.

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

having had the chance to make a difference in the lives of many, many people.

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

consistently exceptional in their knowledge and commitment.

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

help thousands more people along the path to economic self-sufficiency.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former staff & served as Director of Training and helped JVS develop and implement innovative and effective employment and training services.

DC Central Kitchen, Inc.
January 28, 2010

The National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) visited DC Central Kitchen in 2009 to learn more about their culinary training program - and came away impressed not only by their ability to help very low-income people with barriers to employment get good jobs but also by their ability to involve industry as partners in delivering the program and providing placements to graduates. We were therefore proud and grateful to include them as a site visit in our recent national conference.

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

knowledgeable - both about the needs of participants and about culinary training - and deeply committed to serving those most in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & learned about their culinary training program and sent other workforce professionals to do the same.