These people really cared and stayed with the problem until they got my family help. They found a quality person who came into my aunt's home every day to help her with activities of daily living. That freed up my cousin to be able to keep her job. Otherwise she would have had to quit to care for her mother.
Currently being a Board Member on JEVS the past 3 years I have never seen a non-profit run so efficiently and effectively. The executive staff is very professional and our board meetings are very thorough. The operation is run in a very conservative manner but achieveing so much and really looks to "Make Hope Happen". The reason why I enjoy and believe in this organization is that they help and train people so that they can learn to take care of themselves. They teach people to be independent and by doing so help their communities. The staff members and volunteers are very dedicated. I am proud to be part of this organization.
Family members have had excellent experiences with several JEVS' programs, including career strategies, in-home care takers, and summer jobs. Because of this, I was extremely happy when a board member invited me to join the board. The more I have learned about the quality and breadth of the organization, the more impressed I am about its compassion, professionalism, and business acumen, all rolled into a single organization! JEVS truly lives up to the goal of its tagline: "Making hope happen."
I have been invovled with JEVS as a Board Memeber and officer for over 40 years. I began as a practicum student, working at the Work Adjustment Center where in addition to learning the evaluation process, observing the then workshop program, I saw at once the determination and flexibility of the agency to meet the changing needs of the commyunity. Even in lean and uncertain times, the morale among staff and board remained high, and committment to the mission, - making hope happen - unchanging. As funding streams dried up, the agency has been able tio adapt and maintain its energ.y JEVS growth is attributable to the high caliber of staff and board that has continued since the agency began. This is an agency less concerned with prestige and social status than with helping those in need acquire dignity and productivity. It has been recognized deservedly for ethical and quality standrds it adheres to.
JEVS Human Services is the gold standard for human services organizations. Its tagline, "making hope happen," clearly describes the benefits clients receive. The amazing staff at JEVS is the complement to the top-tier services provided to those in need. Particularly today, when people are out of work, when government funding is shrinking, JEVS steps up and gives people the support they need for the independence they desire.
I have been on the Board of Trustees for several years. My reason for accepting this role was that i had seen so many wonderful things our various agencies have done with so many people within the community at large, without regard for race, creed or any other identifying factor. My first personal awareness came while visiting one of our group homes and I witnessed the care our clients were receiving. I felt that if I, or a family member were to need similiar assistance, this would be what i could only hope for. The clients were honored and respected as people by all the staff and one could see thaey were comfortable in their home. second, i have witnessed the work done at OTI with our students and the sccesses they've made for themseves after their training. They are now better able to provide for themselves and have the dignity one deserves. I could go on about the success I've seen in the community, yet I want to also mention how great the administrative team is to work with. I just always feel that they look at their work as a vocation, not just a job, the exude compassion for their clients and for the community as a whole. I am truly proud to be associated with JEVS.
JEVS Human Services is a remarkable organization. The breadth of services it provides to its clients is simply staggering. Over the past 7 years I have been involved with JEVS, I have witnessed this organization providing a wide array of services to clients in need. JEVS gave those clients "hope". Whether it was a mother struggling to get off of the welfare rolls and back into the workforce, a laid off worker seeking job training and new skills, elderly and disabled individuals receiving care in the home, an addict receiving treatment or a severely handicapped individual living in a loving group home environment with a caring staff, JEVS was there. Serving over 20,000 clients a year, JEVS' ability to provide outstanding services on all levels is second to none. During this difficult economic time when non-profits are struggling, JEVS has continued to thrive and provide essential servies to the most needy in the community. JEVS management is a group of incredibly talent professionals that has guided the organization magnificently. Their outstanding foresight and planning allows JEVS to continue providing essential services, to grow the number of clients served and meet its mission. The staff of nearly 1,000 employees, most of which are long-term employees, are the backbone of the organization. Their dedication to the organization and the clients they serve is what helps make JEVS great.
Taking visits to the job placement centers and hearing from Supports for Independence clients has shown me the true value of JEVS and how it impacts people's lives so personally.
"Making Hope Happen" are words to live by if you are associated with JEVS. From stories of lost jobs,hardship, immigration, mental challenges, drug association, JEVS helps those who strive to turn their lives around and surrounds them with the most professional staff and team one could imagine. An atmosphere of warmth, dedication and honor exists no matter what facility or program. While maintaining its stability and business acumen, JEVS manages to keep a home-like atmosphere that is readily apparent. It was voted #10 of the top 50 Best large places to work in Pennsylvania - there's a reason for that.
JEVS is one of the few organizations where each employee truly believes in the mission. This organization changes lives on a daily basis. The emphasis for the board, the staff is based on a philosophy that there are no throw aways, that every person has value, every person has something to give, that self esteem is the first step toward self reliance. The management team that runs the organization on a daily basis is best described as "professional do-gooders". It's truly a priveledge to be take part in an organizaton like JEVS.