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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services, Judaism, Religion, Senior Centers, Seniors, Transportation Assistance

Mission: The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) helps older adults in the Greater Washington, D.C. region maintain independence, dignity, vitality and self-respect. It also helps people of different generations understand, learn from and care for one another. JCA accomplishes this through a myriad of community-based programs built upon vibrant programmatic partnerships with funders, fellow charities and local communities; and by providing opportunities for volunteers to make the National Capital Area a great place to age. Although our Jewish heritage and values guide our vision and work, JCA is a recognized leader in meeting the needs of seniors and caregivers regardless of their religious beliefs.

Results: JCA represents something different to each and every man and woman we proudly serve. To the isolated senior with no means of getting around, we are a smiling ElderBus driver who cheerfully helps with canes, walkers and wheelchairs and even carries packages with a smile. To the concerned family member suddenly faced with overwhelming health or home care issues, we are the confident voice of an information specialist who understands precisely the services needed to care for a beloved parent or spouse and can access our unique, comprehensive database to find needed resources close to home. For the senior who is frail or suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other challenges, we are a safe and caring place that provides dignified assistance at adult day centers that are second to none. To the older jobseeker, we are a friend, advocate, teacher and guide. JCA is all of this and so much more! We are vibrant intergenerational programs that build bridges and shatter stereotypes. We are volunteer-run computer training programs that have graduated 11,000 adults since 1992. We are different faces in various places, but united in our mission of helping local seniors experience the positive side of aging while making the National Capital Area a great place to age. Last year, because of generous friends like you, JCA served 31,000 older people of all faiths, ethnicities and walks of life. We helped them avoid isolation and live independently. We helped them thrive.

Target demographics: local seniors age well while building bridges between the generations

Direct beneficiaries per year: 31,000 people in the area , while helping make our region a great to grow up and grow old

Geographic areas served: the National Capital Region -- Washington, DC; Suburban Maryland; and Northern Virginia

Programs: ...door-to-door ElderBuses, the Connect-A-Ride Transportation Resource Center, Ride Smart Workshops, the Escorted Transportation Program and other mobility management programs that help older adults TRAVEL IN THE COMMUNITY THEY LOVE ...the Misler Adult Day Center, the Kensington Club @ Parklawn, and caregiver support groups that provide CARE AND CAMARADERIE ...the Career Gateway, Senior Community Service Employment Program, and 50+ Employment Expos that enable older jobseekers to LAND A JOB ...the Heyman Interages Center that builds BRIDGES BETWEEN THE GENERATIONS while helping students succeed in school and life ...JCA University courses and events that help older adults LEARN AND GROW ...SeniorTech computer training courses, all taught by older volunteers, that enable older adults to EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY ...the Senior HelpLine, HomeCare Resource Center, and Community Speakers Bureau that help older adults and family caregivers GET THE ANSWERS they need

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our organization's experience is with VillageRides, which is a program supported by JCA. VR helps Villages provide transportation for seniors who could not otherwise get around. JCA has supported VR for several years, with funds as well as a full-time staff person. We are very grateful; without JCA's support, VR would likely not exist and our Village would be seriously handicapped to provide services for seniors. I am Board president of our Village.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JCA provides driver/rider support to the Village of Takoma Park. Since April, 2015, we have given seniors living in Takoma Park, over 1,100 rides. We couldn't have done this without JCA support. JCA provide the computer program, RideScheduler, which runs the rides request and acceptances. JCA provides the required driver training for all our new drivers. JCA has helped our volunteer group by providing back room support, printed materials, car magnets, advertising. We, the Village of Takoma Park, couldn't do what we do without JCA's support. Wonderful organization and spectacular employees! Sandra Egan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been working with the JCA through the REAL Program.
JCA partnered with Montgomery County Government & M.Cty.Public-Libraries to create the REAL Program-- "Reading & Educating to Advance Lives".

The volunteers from JCA are amazing. They interact with the children who come into our facility with their parents. They read stories & monitor craft activities as well. We hear lots of great reviews from the Community Members we serve. The children leave our facility happy and full of joy after spending some time with the volunteers.
This has been an amazing experience... I want to take the time to Thank you for all that you are doing for the community & mostly for the children who come through our office.

The Coordinators of the REAL Program are also extremely helpful & are always available to assist with additional resources & several tasks that need to be completed.

The Entire Team gets an A+ :-)

Rita Ngabo ~ { DHHS- Rockville }

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been enrolled as a SCSEP intern in 3 capacities for almost 4 years. I have spent time in the SCSEP office, at One Stop in Wheaton. Kensington Club at JCA and I am back in the SCSEP office. The SCSEP program which provides training and a stipend thru Senior Service America and is administered thru JCA, has been a lifeline to hundreds of older workers who became SCSEP interns, and I am one. SCSEP has provided me with and continues to provide me with support through various health problems. I am currently involved in the Job Club, which will help me find permanent employment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived in Montgomery county for over thirty yrs.I am one of many seniors that JCA
is helping to thrive.I am grateful for the intern program that JCA has for seniors.
I can use my skills and gain employment which is my hope an encouraged by the exceptional staff at JCA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Village, Potomac Community Village, has been using the services of JCA for about 2 years now. They provide us with a driver/rider management web application that we use for managing our Village rides program called VillageRides. The manager of the VillageRides program, Sara Fought, is very responsive to our needs. For example, she provides training for our driver volunteers. She also will try to locate a driver from another Village if one from our Village is not available. She has provided hands-on help for my backup ride manager when I am out of town - always happily! In addition she solicits requests from the VillageRides managers for additions and changes to the software and then she works with the software creator to add features that are helpful for the people actually using the application. It has been an excellent association with JCA for this purpose.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with JCA for over two years now in my capacity as Vice President of Potomac Community Village. Our village helps people age in place by offering services. JCA has played a major role in the support of our goals. They have helped to support and fund one of our most popular services for seniors which is providing rides when needed to medical and dental appointments and other necessary trips by car. The car ride scheduling website and associated training services have been invaluable!

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Gaithersburg HELP I have worked with JCA for over a year. One of the services provided by Gaithersburg HELP is free transportation for seniors and adults with disabilities to medical and social service appointments. JCA created the VillageRides collaboration to help support volunteer transportation in the greater Washington DC area. VillageRides has helped us and other similar organizations by providing access to cloud-based ride scheduling software, training classes for drivers and schedulers, and marketing and outreach efforts. Their staff is a group of top-notch caring individuals, and I continue to enjoy working with them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my 20 year experience in an international Men's organization, I have see a LOT of great work toward a better tomorrow. In my opinion, JCA staff and volunteers are among the best and most dedicated to making the world a better place for our elders TODAY. A call to their Senior Helpline will get someone to resources they could never have found on their own. As I step into my role as an Elder in my own community, I am grateful that JCA is here for me and the men I serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for the transportation program. The staff is supportive and appreciative. I present mobility options at an outreach presentation for seniors at various senior centers and over 50 housing. JCA staff arranges the presentations and packs the necessary handouts.
I also assist at the Ride Smart Training Programs. The 2 day workshop teaches seniors to use Metro Rail and Metro Bus.
The transportation staff is a pleasure to work with and treat me as an equal.