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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Jewish Family Services helps individuals and families facing lifes challenges.

Results: In FY 2012, 538 people obtained employment, 220 families in crisis are rebuilding their lives and 260 Holocaust Survivors are living in dignity.

Target demographics: anyone who walks through our doors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 546 people obtain employment, 377 older adults maintained their independence and ove 25,000 teen girls, moms, educators and mentors hear healthy relationship and empowering messages.

Geographic areas served: Central Ohio

Programs: Career and Workforce Development Programs to assist entry level through professionals to obtain and retain employment. Counseling, Case Management and Community Support to our local community and focusing on the emerging needs of teens, young professionals, refugees and older adults and their caregivers.

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services, especially Malka and Melissa, were instrumental in helping me in my job search. Malka's mock interview and advice helped me feel more confident and made me a better candidate, and she was always willing to help. I am so grateful for the time they spent helping me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JFS does a wonderful job helping job seekers like me to develop a job search strategy, resume, social media tools, and interviewing skills to compete for great jobs. Their coaching, network of contacts and other resources made a tremendous difference in the speed and quality of job I was able to land. At every step they made me feel empowered, encouraged and enabled.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with JFS. Everyone from Lynn, Shira, Justin and Melissa were very helpful in my job search. JFS offered very useful services and workshops, including resume writing help, interview practice, career advice and a referral service. They were very encouraging to me in my job search process at a time that I was feeling pretty down about it.

2 Sharween Halaby

Client Served

Rating: 1

This organization doesn't help all people, they discriminate me, and they never helped me ever and all people I sent them to this organization. be aware from this organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the help and support provided by Melissa in the Young Professionals Division of Jewish Family Services. I had recently left a PhD program, and was clueless as to how to convert my experience in academia into a non-academic career. Melissa worked with me on interview skills and prep, helped identify translatable skills, and provided access to great resources. With the help of JFS, I landed an amazing job!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JFS was really supportive during my strategic job search and really offered some relevant classes and workshops that kept me active, focused and motivated. The counselors there were very knowledgeable and provided great support and feedback along the way. I would recommend their services to anyone that is looking for a great job search resource.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a lot of help finding a job after a long stretch of unemployment after graduating college. They helped coach me, improve my interviewing skills, and bolster my resume. Without their help and endorsement to potential employers, I truly believe I would still be looking for a job to this day. I highly recommend the employment services at JFS to job seekers of all walks of life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client of Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program for job seekers during 2014-2015. The education and coaching that job seekers receive in the program is incredible. The staff are highly educated, professional, and compassionate. They make themselves available to listen and encourage during what can be a very stressful time. Their passion and dedication shows in the success they have with transitioning program participants to professional employment. The SUCCESS program is extremely beneficial to many members of the community and I hope it is available as a resource for many years to come. Thanks to the support and encouragement I received from the SUCCESS program I landed in a good job with a Fortune 500 company. I am continuing to build my professional skills and accomplishments in my new role, and I am eternally grateful for the help I had from this organization to get me there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There is simply not enough room for me to write all the positive things I have to say about Jewish Family Services and their team. I cringe to think what my job-search and career journey might have been like (after I was laid off in 2013), had I not been directed to them by Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC).
The support they provided: one-on-one job coaching with a coach who is with you all the way through the process; networking and interviewing workshops; opportunities to meet with employers; resume feedback and tailoring; inspirational speakers; LinkedIn workshops; branding workshops... I could go on and on...You may think that you've gotten the same kind of offerings from another career agency but -- TRUST ME -- you haven't. It's a one-of-a-kind agency with a staff that is one-in-a-million. There are no better guides for you on the very difficult job and career search journey than the Jewish Family Services team.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you, Jewish Family Services! I am extremely grateful for the job search support. Amazing team of wonderful professionals who changed my career perspective!

After graduating from college, I began what I thought would be a simple job search. I applied to several postings and attended many interviews with no offers. It was a stressful time, I negatively questioned my actions and my mood dwindled into sadness. A friend referred me to Jewish Family services, and this is where my journey with the agency began.

Upon walking into the doors, I initially met with career strategists from both the Young Professional and MAX teams. After discussing my scenario, I was amazed by the high-level of compassion and understanding. Never in my life I talked to a group who were all ears on my situation and more than happy to help. We developed an action plan to proceed.

Over a short course of time, I underwent a professional transformation. I attended informative career workshops, conducted mock interview sessions, sharpened my 1-minute elevator speech, and reworked my resume (just to name a few)! The feedback and support received from team members was beyond valuable. My mood positively uplifted and my confidence soared. Everyday, I fine-tuned my job strategy based on the advice given. I was equipped and ready to tackle any challenge given.

My dedication paid off, after applying myself with the skills taught, I proudly found a position in my desired field! I am currently working the job and love what I do!

Remember, never give up hope. Jewish Family Services is here for any career support! I highly recommend, their ability to reach out and motivated is second to none! I am a true success story, and grateful for all their work. As I continue moving forward, our experiences together will never be forgotten!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Due to an organizational restructuring, and through no fault of my own, I was laid off from my job in August of 2014; I was both devastated and scared to lose the position and work that I enjoyed. Through the process of applying for unemployment benefits I was connected with Jewish Family Services of Columbus. They assisted in updating my resume, performing a strategic job search, preparing for interviews, developing my networking skills, and most importantly.....not losing hope. The Career Counselor that I was paired with was Mindy Agin; but for Mindy, I would have been lost. She was so positive, and she helped me stay centered on my goals. She never let me give up. Because I have a very specific skill set and industry, I had a long road (9 months) and the help I received from Mindy and Jewish Family Services made all the difference. I don't know where I would be now without them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Recently Moved to Columbus from Israel. Beside the weather difference I found that there are differences in the job searching process and needed professional guidance. Malka Bendor and Melissa Holcomb from JFS helped me in all aspects of this challenging process of finding a job. They helped me with building a new resume, building confidence in face to face interviews, networking and more networking :-). After a short time I was lucky to find a great company, working in a position that I was highly interested in.
Malka & Melissa- Thank you so much! you ladies are rockstars!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having recently graduated from Ohio State in a rather specified field, I knew exactly the type of work I wanted to do, but I didn't know how to get through the door. I was excited to find out that JFS professionals--specifically Malka Bendor and Melissa Holcomb--had both the connections to help me land an interview and the experience to equip me with the tools to land the job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A couple of months ago I participated in one of the best organized, well marketed job fairs I have ever been a part of.
I have been a vendor in the job fair market for 15 years . I work as an independent contractor for a legal benefits company and we are very selective when it comes to our recruits . This event had the most qualified potentials I have seen in a long time. I am currently working with at least 4 very good new agents because of it. Thank you so much Lynne Asby!

Jennifer449

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Lynn Aspey and Justin Keaton . Your advice and support has been extremely valuable throughout my career. Both of you have always been there for me. Thank You!

Sincerely,
Jen Siegel

Client Served

Rating: 4

I reached out to JFS for some help refining my resume and preparing for an important interview. I met with Melissa Holcomb & Malka Ben Dor -- they ran me through the paces on a barrage of interview questions that really helped me prepare and think through the interview process. They helped me focus, but also get into the right mind-set for the specific interview. It was great coaching. So wonderful in fact, that I've suggested several friends reach out to them in their job hunts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first discovered Jewish Family Services I was a public employee with 20+ years of experience who had already been unemployed for over a year and I was rapidly running out of job search ideas. The SUCCESS program helped me feel much less isolated, which in turn helped me persevere until I finally got the job. There were so many beneficial things: the Ace the Interview workshop which gave me the framework I needed to prepare for interviews, the resume-writing and job search strategy workshops, the mock interviews, but I think the one thing that helped the most was having the opportunity to go to the meetings, hear the excellent presentations, and especially see that there were so many intelligent, interesting people in the same situation I was in. My career strategist, Mindy Agin, was wonderful, patiently supporting me through many ups and downs. The entire staff was caring, non-judgmental, helpful, and generally delightful to work with. Absolutely the best job search program I've ever encountered.

Ryan61

Client Served

Rating: 5

My journey started when I realized my career was just not for me. Think about that for a second; everything I have done up to this point has gotten me to where I am and now I am switching directions?! It could be an absolutely terrifying ordeal but thanks to the JFS staff it wasn't. Through personality/career assessments, resume tweaking etc. I started to realize who I am and what work environment fits for me. After about 5 months of soul/job searching I am happy to say that I have just recently accepted an offer and I feel this is the right step for me. I want to thank everyone involved including Fred Points, Malka Bendor and a special thanks to Melissa Holcomb! She goes above what is expected and truly looks for ways to help in this process. She is there every step of the way and puts herself out there as a life-line at any given time. She is extremely resourceful, always has positive attitude and consistently checks in! Based on my experience, I would highly recommend utilizing the JFS if you are looking to make a career change or just want information. What do you have to lose?

Client Served

Rating: 4

My friend referred me to Jewish Family Services to seek help in professional development and learning the steps to be successful in a career search. I attended a job search strategy and "Ace the Interview" workshop which were very beneficial. I sought personal services from the young professional division. Melissa and Malka were extremely helpful and professional in helping me prepare for a more career oriented role. Last week, I was offered a position as a Quality Assurance Analyst, which was a promotion from my role as a Customer Service Representative with my current employer. With the knowledge and skills gained during the workshop and sessions with the young professional division, I could not be more grateful from the incredible assistance I received from JFS.

Thank you for your help and I am looking forward to staying in touch!

Client Served

Rating: 5

An employment search is a journey that for many can be a daunting task. At times, it can be difficult to keep finding new ways to move forward. The SUCCESS Program at Jewish Family Services has put together a team of intelligent professionals that genuinely care about you and your search. They not only provided customized support to help with my search, but their seminars and workshops on interviewing, networking, resume writing all combined to enhance my job search skills. My career counselor provided invaluable advice and support and even set up a mock interview customized to the job’s specific requirements. I recently landed a great job directly due to the support and advice I received from this team.