The Kensington Club is a great program for older adults.
The "Kensington Club" early memory loss program with JCA helped to turn things around so that a loved one in our family whose life had been too isolated actually regained some memory and communication abilities that had looked like they might have been lost forever. Our loved one was resistant at first but soon came to see how helpful the socializing, memory practice, and physical exercises were and now values the program highly. The field trips are always a great hit, and we hear all about them at dinner time. We are so thankful for this unique program.
After retirement, I was more focused on re-decorating my home, re-working my wardrobe and re-visiting people and places in my hometown. After completing the co-hort sessions sponsored and managed by the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington ( JCA)
I learned more about the areas in my transferable skills set in need of shoring up. A marvelously helpful handbook, a talented and job savvy cadre of speakers rounded out a well thought out program for the seasoned worker interested in working again.
I have volunteered with JCA for three years and found the experience very rewarding.
I tutor second grade students at Glen Haven Elementary School. The JCA staff does an excellent job of communicating and organizing the program. I always receive information in a timely manner.
I will have more time to volunteer next year and I plan to work with JCA to find more opportunities.
I am sure that I can be of use working with JCA.
My retirement three years ago challenged me to consider what to do with my time and energy. I thought of becoming involved in a meaningful activity, something that would keep me grounded and that would expand my worldview. And afraid of isolation, I also wanted an activity that would connect me to a larger and a diverse community.
The JCA’s Reading and Educating to Advance Lives (REAL) program met my requirements. In it I found a well-organized, welcoming staff, and a diverse and exciting network of fellow volunteers. Moreover, I could connect with REAL program recipients: working with children and their parents waiting in Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services offices has kept me attuned to the greater needs of my community. These youngsters and their families often come from different parts of the world; for many this is their first time abroad, for others it is a process of learning how to navigate county health-system services. All are hardworking people seeking a better life. What unites me to my ‘clients’, to JCA, and to County staff is our desire to continue learning, to find meaning in our daily lives, to signal a path to education, and to bolster creativity in young minds. I would hope that as we all age we will together create a better and kinder world. I am grateful to JCA for all that I have learned thus far.
As a volunteer with JCA Interages, I have had the opportunity to mentor elementary school students, join a book club for middle school students, and participate in "Dialogues," weekly issue-oriented conversations with high school students. These and other Interages programs are well-run and supported by the Interages staff, who are committed to providing meaningful opportunities for older adults to interact with children and teens, while also fostering enrichment for the students, many of whom are at risk of falling behind in school. Volunteers are well-supported through training programs and appropriate recognition.
I have also volunteered in the Interages office and can attest to the staff's wise use of resources, including collaboration with partner organizations such as the Montgomery County Public School and Library systems, private retirement and nursing home facilities, and the County's Department of Health and Human Services.
JCA Interages is a 5-star organization that makes a difference!
I needed to start a second career--for income and a sense of purpose. Every time I submitted my resume to a job website, I would receive emails saying that I would be perfect for the same type of high stress and long hours kind of position from which I retired. It didn't matter how I tried to de-emphasize that experience. I am proud of what I did, but it was no longer a good fit for me. The week I spent learning at Career Gateway was wonderful. The written materials were very informative. The teacher of the course and the director of Career Gateway were extraordinary. I learned so much about networking, the elevator speech and a way to explore what I really might like to do. I even improved my basic office skills in several classes after I graduated from Career Gateway. Most of all, the warmth and positive energy of the teacher and the people in my class as well as the Director of Career Gateway allowed me to overcome my anxiety about embarking in a new direction. I have new goals and have nurtured my contacts to establish the beginning of my own business. I am very grateful for all that I learned and all the support I received.
After nearly 25 years as a government lawyer, I retired. Two years later, I decided to rejoin the workforce. I enrolled in the JCA Career Gateway led by the Director & her lead instructor. The 5-day class over 2 weeks opened my eyes to the world of resume writing, job interviews, work searches, & social media. The volunteer speakers were knowledgeable, inspiring, nururing, supportive & engaging. The class itself was comprised of highly intelligent, talented, caring, personable & skilled professionals. The printed material was also invaluable. I can’t recommend the program highly enough. In fact, I will be volunteering at an upcoming JCA Job Fair for those 50 and up.
Career Gateway was an awesome blessing in my life. It created a new pathway for me. It helped bring life to my new career. I found new relationships , that gave me insight for the future. I met all types of individuals full of hope and joy. It showed a different type of life -faith. I am working due to this awesome program with stars in my eyes for the future. Lastly, all the people connected with the program were full of knowledge and kindness. The program cared about each individual and want everyone to be successful. What an awesome program!!!!
I am a recent graduate of The Career Gateway (March 2019) and likewise the beneficiary of an extensive thorough and professional program focused on successful career goals for those of us desiring a return to the workplace.
The entire program content including material, course work and caliber of instructors provided an organized and methodical support level of encouragement, confidence, new skills and networking designed to advance each participant in their respective career choices. The success of this program is due in large part to the organization, diligence and tireless efforts of the coordinator Jodie Rasch who remains engaged with each student through continuous interactions, information sharing and follow up.
Similarly, our Facilitator/instructor Margo Smith is totally committed to the program and likewise participants: coaching each student one on one as needed and according to their goals, actively promoting our self- confidence and the benefits of networking through new relationships. We also enjoyed an impressive group of presenters, all experts in their respective field who spent hours lecturing and patiently conversing in question and answer format.
The consensus among our group is that each person feels more empowered and with a greater sense of confidence in pursuit of their respective career path.
Thanks again to the JCA for another great milestone through their continued development of the larger Montgomery community.
I found JCA really helpful through the Career Gateway 50+ how to get a job or marketable to get a job a great way to redefine who I am and how to present myself for today’s interview process. The one to one teaming up with others in the same situation helps getting the work of a job search streamlined and gives more self perspective.
It’s definitely worth the 5 days mostly every other day schedule. Jodie and Margo and all of the facilitators are a great help.
Several months ago, I participated in the Career Gateway program offered by the JCA. I found the computer courses to be particularly valuable. I truly appreciate the help and support that the program provides.
I took the JCA Career Gateway course in January 2019. The 5-day course helps people 50 and over who are looking for a job in this changing economy. It covered so many things I was unfamiliar with (e.g., Linkedin profiles, Skype interviews). The course was excellent. In addition, JCA follows up with a Job Club where previous attendees get together to encourage one another. JCA is a nurturing and supportive organization that provided valuable services the the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. I am a big fan.
JCA offers programs, training, resources, and more that equip individuals of all backgrounds with new skills, renewed outlooks, and clear paths to new connections, new opportunities, new careers, new self-care skills, and more. I recently took their 5-day Career Gateway program and can't say enough good things about it, which says a lot as someone with four decades of high-level professional experience who thought he'd seen it all. Not so. JCA truly makes a positive difference in the lives of the people in a wonderful "pay-it-forward" way.
JCA provides much needed services, including adult day, senior employment, and transportation for the aging community in the Greater Washington, DC area. It's staff and leadership are second to none. JCA's adult day services have such a positive effect on residents. I am proud to be associated with JCA!
The JCA Career Gateway program is an invaluable resource to those of us who are mid-career or changing careers and seeking expert training in making our job search more effective. Every single day was well-organized and engaging; the resource book is one of the best I've ever used; the speakers were well-prepared and up-to-date on job-search technology. I feel extremely fortunate to have found this program which has greatly enhanced my job-search.
I recently participated in The Career Gateway Job Search Workshop offered by The Jewish Council for the Aging in June 2018 including the additional employment-related technology classes in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The workshop and classes were fantastic and so helpful. The coordinator, Jodie Rasch and the workshop leader, Margo Smith did an excellent job in running the program. The guest presenters and the technology class instructors were superb as well. JCA offers such great resources for seniors seeking guidance on how to search for and find employment opportunities. The organization is truly world class!
Hats off to JCA for providing an outstanding Career Workshop to those of us entering new chapters of our careers. Teaching, written materials, and exercises were first rate, and JCA uses its incredibly talented volunteer network to assist class participants. The organization and the logistics of the program are second to none, but the added critical ingredient is the warmth, commitment, and encouraging spirit of Jodie, Margo, and all the JCA Staff. Thanks for great class that has benefited me tremendously. I left with a fine tuned resume, a linked-in profile, and a mentor, and it has helped me launch a consulting business, and a continued connection to this fine and special organization.
The entire, staff, lecturers, motivators and students were transparent in their enthusiasm, support and expertise. The tech classes were very helpful, gaining personal and business updated computer systems knowledge. Gateway provided a stepping stone to my career goals. Thank you for your continued support.
Re-entering the job market after taking care of family has been daunting! My job search had been progressing in fits and starts and I hit a plateau. A friend recommended JCA's Career Gateway. Enrolling was a great decision for me. I hoped for inspiration and got that, plus so much more! Great speakers, great community of like-minded job seekers, great resources, and continued support after the program! The staff's energy and enthusiasm behind the program is remarkable and highly commendable. Thank you Jodie, Margo, and the rest of the JCA staff!
Suzy, from the June cohort