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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!

1

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received invaluable help in landing a job after a long break to start my own business. They were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and the best part is that they walked with me every step of the way. I could not have done it without them. I am so grateful for an organization like this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a client, I found all aspects of the SUCCESS program beneficial. The workshops were informative, my Career Strategist provided excellent (and candid) career guidance and inspiration, the Wednesday SUCCESS meetings were opportunities to network with other SUCCESS participants and speakers and to exchange information regarding job search status and events.

I think that it is important to take advantage of any opportunity that provides one with exposure, job leads, chances to learn new skills (and/or improve existing ones) and support.

I appreciate the efforts of the entire SUCCESS team - each person contributed to this wonderful outcome (a new job) in his/her unique way and I am grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This was my second stint with JFS. Both times, they were a tremendous help dealing with job loss. They offer workshops to improve and/or work on resume writing, interview skills, networking, and psychological help during your transition. All workshops are professionally done and very informative. The weekly get-togethers on Wed. mornings are a good reason to get out of the house, share your challenges and listen to success stories. It is a great way to network, also.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received services from Jewish Family Services as part of their SUCCESS program. The SUCCESS program helps professionals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. They assist with resumes, cover letters, networking and interviewing skills.

This is an extremely valuable service. If you are a blue collar worker, the state will bend over backwards to find you a job, but if you are a professional, you are on your own.

The weekly group meetings are invaluable. Unemployment can be a very isolated experience. The group lets you know you are not alone. JFS will do everything to give you the support you need to find employment.

My education really worked against me in this job search (overeducated), but with the help of JFS, I have landed my "dream job". I am with a very stable company making a great salary, great benefits and doing the work I want.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After serving as a Board Member of several organizations during my career, I have been very impressed with the leadership of JFS as well as the diverse nature of the Board. Their focus on managing resources to deliver on the mission of holistically helping diverse clients has yielded a high return of value to the community relative to the investments made by donors.

Further, members of my family have utilized some of the services offered by JFS. Each experience met and exceeded expectations.

I am proud to be part of this great organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I AM A SINGLE WOMAN OVER 50 . I LOST MY HUSBUN TO CANCER IN 2012 AND MY JOB OF 15 YEARS IN SEP OF 2013. ALONE AND FEELING A GREAT ABANDONMENT IN TEARS AND TRULY UPSENT IN BEING FORCED TO CHANGE AND TREATED LIKE I WAS WORTLESS BY A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY THAT CARES NOTHING ABOUT LOYALTY AND ABOLISHED JOBS AND PEOPLE TO SAVE SHORT TERM MONEY. A FRIEND TOLD ME ABOT JFC SO I WANT STRAIT THERE GOOD THING. THE ADVICE AND INFORMATION AND SUPORT THAT I RECEIVED HELPED ME COPE AND FOCUS. YOU WILL GET A CAREER CONSULTANT YOU WILL MEET PEOPLE IN YOUR SAME BOAT IN THE MORE PROGRAM, YOU CAN GET YOUR GROVE BACK AND FIND YOUR SELF. YOU WILL FIND OPPORTUNITIES AND INPROVE YOUR JOB SEARCH SKILLS AND BE READY FOR THAT NEW CHAPTER IN YOUR LIFE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to Jewish Family Service's SUCCESS program by a coworker of my wife after my position was eliminated in the defense sector. They do a phenomenal job offering classes in resume writing, networking, and interview skills. The mock interviews provided by the staff made the difference in obtaining an internship and then full time job. I cannot thank Justin Keaton and the rest of the staff enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recommended to the Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program when I became unemployed. I found their help to be comprehensive including classes, group support, individual counseling, access to job openings, and referrals. At the time of my job loss, I was still adjusting to life after the death of my spouse the previous year, I found my adviser Justin and others at JFS SUCCESS to be understanding, caring, and helpful to me as a whole person. It was so helpful to have support and direction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being wrongfully terminated Sheila gave me back my hope. I had gone through four interviews without getting a call back. I called her up to get registered and also explained that I had a phone interview that evening. She spent an hour on the phone explaining interview tips and her suggestions got me a face to face interview.
I have three college degrees. I did not think I needed their help. Plus, I did not want to tell one more person my nightmare. I could not have been more wrong. Talking to Sheila gave me back my power. She empowered me with the tools necessary to get the job done. She also explained that my resume was "old-fashioned"! She gave me more tools to modernize my resume. Her compassion and professionalism was amazing coming from a complete stranger!
I also loved the signs on the wall that read "we do not help everyone...oh wait yes we do help everyone!"

Client Served

Rating: 5

JFS is a remarkable place. No matter what your religion is, you are welcome here to work on your career development, take classes, and hone interviewing skills. The JFS specialists are enthusiastic, smart and compassionate. Cannot speak highly enough of this nonprofit. Hurray, JFS!

2 Jennifer311

Client Served

Rating: 5

The day after I lost my job, in November 2013, I made a call to Jewish Family Services; I had always heard wonderful things about their programming to help those who were unemployed. What I'd heard didn't even come close to explain the amazing support, training, and resources I would receive in the coming weeks! Those working at JFS truly care about their clients and are always eager to answer questions, provide assistance, and recommend further resources. During my time in JFS' S.U.C.C.E.S.S. program I attended weekly support meetings with speakers; trainings to learn about LinkedIn, resume writing, interview techniques, and more; a MicroSoft computer class; and I got networking like I've never networked before. The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. program and its coaches are what got me through a sometimes very tumultuous time of my life. I would never hesitate to return, should the need arise, and I strongly encourage others to avail themselves of their services!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined Jewish Family Services (JFS) SUCCESS program back in the late spring of 2009. I first started taking career-related workshops where I learned a great deal about networking, writing cover letters, using LinkedIn and other effective strategies for professional job hunting.

Then in June (2009) I won the lottery when Mindy Agin, a Career Strategist with JFS, started working with me one-on-one. Immediately, I was fully engaged in the process from Mindy's vast knowledge and expertise. She helped me with a host of invaluable strategies to land a professional job. First she helped me completely overhaul my resume, bringing it into the 21st Century, then we worked on communication skills, like the infamous "one-minute elevator speech," and doing phone interviews. Through Mindy's -- and the entire team's -- dedicated efforts, I gained confidence and ease in an area that I never felt confident and ease. And, within a very short time, I had two job offers: one in Washington, DC and one in Montgomery, AL. I chose the later and started work on August 9, 2009.

After spending four rewarding years with Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, I found myself moving to Houston, Texas, for my partner's promotion. What is remarkable and shows JFS's and Mindy's sincerity and dedication is she said to me back in 2009 to feel free to keep in touch and continue to seek her advice and support throughout the years, even after landing a job. I did exactly that, and Mindy, without a second hesitation, helped me once again prepare for job hunting again. I start today, Feb. 18, with Houston Community College.

Without JFS's SUCCESS program, and its amazing team, I would not be where I am today. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of this organization and the awesome team I've grown to admire and respect wholly. THANK YOU!

Merry C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been at what I thought was a secure job for 6+ years and all of a sudden, the rug got pulled out from under me. I was on vacation with my 5-year-old son when I got the news that I would be returning home to no job.

At the time, my husband was back in school since his job got out-sourced and would not be done with school for another year. So there we were, both jobless and trying to raise our son, pay the mortgage and pay the bills.

Since I had been the main bread winner of the family and the insurance carrier, I didn't have much time before I had to get back into the work force.

Jewish Family Services came along and gave me the skills and the confidence I needed to put my job search at full-speed-ahead. I had an interview lined up and luckily went to their 4-hour interview skills seminar the day before. I landed the job and now my family is back on track.

Their weekly meetings and seminars were invaluable. But, I have to say, my favorite thing about JFS is that everyone there made you feel so welcomed and at home. I never met a nicer group of people. You can tell that they were truly there to help you and sincerely wanted you to succeed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JFS to me, was truly a lifesaver. For 15 years I remained in an abusive marriage. Though I knew I did not deserve the abuse, I always figured I could handle it. I didn't want to break apart a family. Finally, in Dec. of 2009, I decided I had enough. The turning point for me was that I saw the effect it was having on my children. Though yes, I was tough enough to handle the abuse, I saw my children being verbally, emotionally and mentally abused as well. These were my young children in their developing years, forming their personalities and identities. I felt as a Mother, it was my job to protect them. I wasn't doing my job, because I could not protect them from their father.

Within 1 hour of calling JFS, I received a call back from Lisa Carroll. Lisa is the "goddess" of domestic violence. She listened to everything I said, and really understood my situation. She could understand that even though I was being abused, how hard it is to leave the relationship. She explained to me that the average woman leaves 6 to 7 times before they leave for good. She immediately made an appointment for me to see Jan Napier, a licensed clinical social worker at JFS. Within 45 minutes, Jan was able to complete my sentences. She knew exactly of my husbands personality disorder. It meant the world to me that somebody actually understood the hell that I lived in. She counseled me weekly giving me tips how to live in my current situation. ALL the counseling sessions I received were covered by JFS.

After 6 months of counseling, I realized it was time to make my move, I wanted to file for divorce. I knew that my husband would NEVER change, and I didn't want to live the rest of my life like this, nor have him continue to torment my children. Lisa was there for me every step of the way. With no family here in Columbus, her support meant the world to me. She helped me find an attorney, and a place to live. She came with me to every meeting with my attorney and to every court appearance. She obtained funding for me from an anonymous donor to help with my tremendous legal expenses. From the day I first spoke to her in Dec 2009 until I got divorced in 2012, she was at my side. Even when you are being abused, it is so hard to divorce. Had I not had her support, and the financial support of JFS, I would have gone back to my abusive husband. I know it may sound crazy to some, but when you have little money, and no one to at your side you are drawn to go back to your "normal," even abuse.

Life for me today is so much better. I got myself back. I can make my own decisions without having to ask permission. I have gotten in touch with and seen friends of mine that I hadn't seen in 15 years. I no longer have to live in my home in constant fear for me and my children. Are things perfect? No, but I know they will continue to get better. JFS is still at my side helping me. I have gone through some of their job training programs, and I know when I am ready to find a better job, they will be there to help me, For the past 3 years for Chanukah, my children have been blessed with beautiful gifts from anonymous families. Lisa continues to call me to make sure I am doing okay. I still see Jan for counseling and continued support. I know JFS will always be an important part of my life, and I can't thank everyone at the Columbus, OH office enough for all their support and help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are thousands of organizations all across America that use some version of the word "commitment" to define themselves. Yet, there are only a few organizations that have mastered the skill to move "commitment" from words into demonstrated and authentic action. Jewish Family Services (JFS) is one of those scarce gems.

From April 2013 to June 2013, I had the opportunity to interact with several workforce development programs throughout the city--ones used by Fortune 500 companies for employment transition services as well as those funded by governmental agencies. In June 2013, I chose the guidance and strategies of the JFS's Success Program to execute my strategic job search. What was the result? By September 2013 I had landed a new job. So here's what sets JFS's Success Program apart from other workforce development programs across the city:

1. The team does their homework and shares their results with the client, so that you know that the strategies and information they are giving you is current, relevant, and proven. And their research is not boilerplate.

2. They are clear about what is needed for reemployment success and they repeat the message often to keep you focused.

3. They are not afraid to have crucial conversations that get a client unstuck from myths, outdated ways of thinking, or other self imposed barriers to landing a job.

4. They work organically as a team in real time and are change agents. They are constantly observing client responses, feedback and reactions and exploring among each other what it means and then quickly adjusting how they deliver their services. They are client-centric.

5. They have a wholistic and innovative approach. They have dissected and analyzed the common reasons that people do not land jobs and they provide tools that effectively prepare clients to overcome those hurdles. Their Gavel Club is one such tool--and if you want to be able to think on your feet in an interview, then that is the place to go.

6. They exercise complete thought and depth in each interaction with you. They are responsive. Therefore, you know that your success is important to them and that they want to be a part of making that happen.

So in summary, if you want to be more than a number, if you want to be coached by people where your reemployment matters the most, and if you want to put your full faith in a process and know that you will be okay, then you must experience JFS.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The JFS SUCCESS team supported me through the three years it took me to get another job after a layoff. They truly are a team. I had a wonderful counselor, who acted as my adviser/coach/cheerleader and all-round go-to person. He was always accessible, available and ready to listen and help. Resources included job and resume counseling/coaching, workshops and training. The program is a tremendous service for the community. You could not ask for better people to work work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The amazing SUCCESS team helped me through the three years it took me to get another job after a layoff. They truly are a team. I was assigned to a wonderful counselor, who acted as my adviser/coach/cheerleader/mother confessor/all-round go-to person, but if she wasn't available there was always someone else to help. Resources included job and resume counseling, workshops, peer support, and business assistance--all spectacular. This is a terrific community service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an AMAZING experience!! The people, the services, the willingness to help – I have never experienced anything that even resembled such a service!

My husband and I came to Columbus OH, from a foreign country a month ago, without a job, and without knowing anyone. We were overwhelmed by the amount of information we were lacking.

We got in touch with the JFS and from that moment on we were no longer alone. The JFS helped us settle in, helped us get furniture into our then empty apartment, called us in for consultations and gave us important advice on where and how to get around Columbus. For this I must thank Danielle Rubin for her amazing work and effort!

It did not end there… To help me find a job (I was an out of work attorney) I initially met with Sheila Camden from the career center of the JFS. Sheila – an incredibly nice person, that always greeted me with a sincere smile, referred me to Mindy Agin, a career strategist from the JFS. Mindy, together with Lynn Aspey worked with me on finding me a job to my satisfaction. Mindy met with me several times, revised my resume according to the job description and sent me job applications she thought suitable. Lynn worked hard in the background, finding me the right position, contacting potential future employers, recommending me and stating in touch. All their hard work resulted in me getting the job of my dreams!

I want to take this opportunity to thank them all at the JFS for just being who they are – wonderful people with a true mission and intention to help!!

Thank You! When I will have the opportunity I will definitely try and pay in forward.

Shira


Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Jewish Family Services, I might still be unemployed. In spite of a great work history - or maybe because of it - my resume was stale and unfocused. My interviewing skills were nonexistent, and I had no idea how to find a job that suited my skills and preferences. Looking for work after 15 years with the same company was overwhelming. The wonderful workshops JFS staff offered cut the task into manageable slices, tackling first the focus, then the resume, then the interview. After these sessions, my resume started getting hits, my interviews went from none to several, and I landed a contract assignment within 3 months of working with them. Special kudos to my counselor, Tim McNish, who really earned a gold medal for putting up with an eclectic and slightly recalcitrant client.

My only regret about finding a job is that I no longer get to learn from this team - they are the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization! I have worked with a couple other companies providing the same services and I can say that Jewish Family Services are simply the best at what they do. The high quality of service that comes from this group, which is not for profit, is simply amazing.

The staff is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and they are all experts in their field. They individually contributed their own personal knowledge and experience to my job search, which I found to be of great benefit. My Client Coach, Karen Hughes, and the Director of Business Development, Lynn Aspey, worked tirelessly on my behalf. They were always available for questions or advice and made me feel like I was their only client. They were very enthusiastic, optimistic and encouraging throughout the entire process.

I can’t say enough about this organization and its mission. It was such a great pleasure working with Jewish Family Services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the SUCCESS program for about a year. I can not say enough about the warm welcome, hard work and dedication from the staff lead by my advisor Karen Hughes. No matter how busy she is she has always found time to stop what she is doing and address my issues and concerns. Karen is a valuable asset to the program, very knowledgeable about todays trends in employment search and is doing an outstanding job with continuing to develop the program.

Through the program I am able to write an effective resume, thanks to Karen and Mindy, send out an effective "e-blast", thanks to April, prepare for an effective interview, thanks to Jim, get connected to employers around the city, thanks to Lynn, and effectively speak in front of others, thanks to Adam.

The speakers have been very helpful adding that experience that was helpful to me as well. I am proud to say that through the hard work and dedication offered by the SUCCESS team, I have landed the management job I've been seeking with the Columbus School Board.

SUCCESS staff members should be commended for their professionalism, hard work and dedication.

Best regards to all of the staff

Glenn

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services staff are very friendly. The staff have the knowledge to provide valuable experience and help clients with all needs. The workshops help me with networking. JFS helped with the job hunt, resumes, cover letters and many other things as well. Also, the staff are very organized. Special thanks to Laura, Harriet, Danielle, and Mary! Thanks for all of your hard effort and help. Written by Eugene.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After many years of employment, I was hoping my resume was good. It wasn't. Jewish Family Services helped me polish my resume and I started getting calls...and interviews! The seminars and support have been incredibly informative and uplifting. I only have rare "down" days now. Mary is just a Email away.

I don't have employment yet, but JFS helped patch up my raggedy spirit and I am pushing on in the belief that "this is temporary". Thank you from my heart. K. Hutchison

Client Served

Rating: 4

Thank you Jewish Family Services for always being kind to your clients and helpful with our job searches. Your information about how to search for a job is great is so valuable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always feels good to know they are always there to help you through personal struggles.... My experience has been a very good one... I had gone through what seemed like something that would last forever.. Never thought I was strong enough to be completely on my own... Jewish Family Services helped me get my life on the right track.... Now that things are starting to fall into place and I have become stronger I owe a huge thank you to them.. They were a HUGE part of getting me to where I am today... A super extra thank you to Lisa Carroll. She is outstanding,strong, kind, and always helpful. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone who feels overwhelmed with life or is going through struggles... Whether it be job seeking, personal and emotional struggles, domestic violence, etc.... Jewish Family Services is there to help..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I came to Jewish Family Services I felt scared, alone, and stuck in the situation I was in. After working with them, I was given the support I needed to help me make the necessary changes in my life. I feel with their help I was given the chance to start over. I have since gotten out of my situation and am still getting their support. The people at Jewish Family Services go above and beyond when reaching out to help people in need. I highly recommend their services and am so impressed with all the different programs and support they offer!!!! They have given so much I plan on volunteering for this wonderful organization any chance I get.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express the Thanks that I would like to extend to the Jewish Family Services staff. The workshops and the talents that Justin Keaton demonstrated as a career counselor through resume writing and interview preparation was phenomenal. I would recommend/encourage any displaced professional to participate in the service offerings made available to displaced professionals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Special thanks to the Jewish Family Services (JFS) I truly appreciated all the support, endorsements, and the networking contacts that I was provided during my time of unemployment. I believe that due to the JFS assistance I am better prepared to start my next professional role. I found the entire staff to be very caring, and professional. One of the trainings that I attended was the Mock Interview which provided me insight on being prepared for the next interview. Special recognition to my career advisor who worked diligently in helping me with my resume and continuous meetings to ask professional questions. I give JFS an “A” rating.

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DB

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program is a hidden gem for anyone that was laid off and actively looking for a new career. Everyone at Jewish Family Services was extremely helpful. I was in the job market for about 8 months and they really did a great job keeping me motivated during the search. The workshops were extremely helpful and allowed me to fine tune my resume, job search and interviewing skills. I have worked with other agencies in the past and at the other agencies I felt like I was just a number. At Jewish Family services, everyone I worked with took the time to get to know me, my background and deliver personalized recommendations to help me with my search.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services is a real class act! The career services team was wonderful in helping me find a job.

I was having problems finding a job. I am older worker and I was stalled in my job search. It just didn’t seem like I would ever find a job. Then I contacted JFS and Mindy Agin became my employment counselor. Mindy and her colleagues were motivational. I participated in several interview, networking and resume workshops that taught me 21st century job search techniques. Mindy helped me fine tune my resume, coached me on interviewing and sent me many job announcements.

The result has been that I have found a dream job that pays more than I ever thought would happen.

I have a few bits of advise for JFS clients – listen to the interview and resume advise and take advantage of the workshop offerings. I wager a bet that you will find a job if you stay with the JFS program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and do not judge you at all. The workshops are valuable but the personal suggestions and networking advice are really how I was able to succeed. Also, it is really nice to be able to "bond" and motivate others in the same position.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After attending the workshops at Jewish Family Services, I have become a strong advocate of this organization. To those who are job searching, I would advise you to go straight to JFS and not waste your time trying to find a job without utilizing the expertise of their staff. They are fantastic in every way. They are intelligent, highly trained professionals who are dedicated and committed to JFS and their clients. I was fortunate to find a job quickly after registering with JFS and contribute that largely on the "Ace the Interview" workshop conducted by Mindy Agin, as well the one-on-one time she spent with me to further emphasize some of the important points in her workshop. She was always encouraging and truly interested in my personal goals. The "Resume Writing" workshop with Karen Hughes is extremely important. She can certainly put a person on the right track. The much improved resume and the confidence I gained after attending the workshops made the difference in finding a job. I am so enthusiastic about my experience there and tell everyone who will listen to go to JFS first!

Maria67

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Jewish and Family Services seeking for help on finding a job after I was for 4 years stay home mom. I found the support and help I was looking for and a great team of people that were willing to really help me to gain my goal. Not just I found the support I needed at the time but as well they were opened to listen at what was going on in my life and research information to help me out in this aspect of my life too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a board member after Jewish Family Services helped me with my mom, when she came to live with me. She was wheelchair bound, partially blind and had dementia. I needed to know I was doing everything the county offered to help me take care of her. I went to Jewish Family Services, who assured me I had taken advantage of the county services. They recommended that someone visit her on a regular basis. They paired her up with different volunteers, who were fantastic.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being with JFS allows me to meet the most wonderful people who appreciate the simplest ovations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Nasro, I came to Jewish Family Services in 2004. They help me countless times with my job search and transportation. My experience is this country was forever changed by the work that is done for me at this place. I am very thankful for Tariq who has been my biggest advocate to help me become self sufficent. This is a wonderful place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for JFS for the past 5 years - it has become my second family. I enjoy my job day in and day - the satisfaction that I get from working at JFS cannot be put into words. I know that by working at JFS I have helped my community. And that is why I love working at JFS.

Client Served

Rating: 5

At a time where EVERYTHING was going under in our lives, ( my son and I live together ), JFS and my social worker helped immensely with every detail and aspect in my life. From the point of view from my emotional and psychological aspect to helping with the financial status going on. They also helped my son with workshops on getting a job!!! Some may say it was myself that did it all, but, I guarantee, I could not have moved along as far and as quickly if not for the help of this WONDERFUL and VALUABLE organization!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Service certainly has a rich history of changing lives. They put the client first and wrap them around with different programs to help each and every individual meet their full potential. Working with the New Country New Jobs deparment, which helps place refugees, I have seen each staff member go above and beyond. I've seen barriers removed not only when it comes to employment but all the other factors that make life comfortable. Working with a diverse population from Somali, Bhutan, Iraq, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Jewish Family Serices embodies the great scholar Hilel's, “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the programs at Jewish Family Services. I utilized every workshop available through the SUCCESS Program, and found each and every one to be extremely beneficial during my job search. Mindy Agin, my Career Counselor, coached me before each of my interviews, so I was fully prepared to answer any and all questions asked of me. For one interview, I was seated on a panel with other candidates who were all vying for the same position as I was. It was obvious the other candidates were not prepared -- I stood out as someone who could easily respond to whatever question came my way. I have also utilized the counseling services at JFS and have found those services to be very helpful in getting me through a difficult time. I have, and continue to, recommended JFS.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mother of 3. JFS has helped me with counceling thougth my divorce, helped me keep food on the table because I do not make enough to support the kids, they have given me gifts to make the Holiday a special time in my home when I could not afford to get things for myself or my kids.They are helping me with my household budget and they are wonderful to have on my side. When I could not afford a hair cut for myself, they told me where to go for help, and they took care of that too. They are the angels on my shoulders. They give me dignity when I feel like a failure. I can not thank them enough.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services had a real and measurable economic impact on our community. They placed in 538 people in jobs, total wages earned $17mm and total taxes paid $5mm. The total cost of the program is $1.55mm. As a donor the return on investment is very impressive. That is why jewish Family Servcies has a rich history in changing lives. A very loyal donor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After having lost 2 jobs in a row due to business closures, I found myself having difficulty finding anything that seemed to fit. I had been working for years in the building industry as a ceramic/stone tile design specialist, utilizing tile in kitchens, baths, pools, patios, etc. The market for that kind of expertise in Columbus was pretty much limited to tile sales at the time. Few builders would hire someone whose specialty was so limited. I was discouraged, to say the least. When I joined the Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program, I didn't really expect much. I had already tried a number of other programs without much success. I learned real quickly that this program far surpassed the others. The staff immediately helped me recognize how my skill sets could be applied to other industries. I learned from Karen how to write a winning resume, from Mindy the best interview techniques, and from the classes how to organize my job search and network. As a result, I got the job of my dreams! But the very best part of the whole experience was the positive, supportive, and caring attitudes of the staff. I am very grateful for the resources at Jewish Family Services. I highly recommend this agency - JFS rocks!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services provides an excellent set of resources for a diverse group of people and truly fulfills their motto of changing lives. Personally, Jewish Family Services aided me in my job search, with support, guidance, networking opportunities, workshops, and individualized attention that helped me secure the job I have today. I am very thankful for the assistance I received and never hesitate to recommend their services.

Jennifer155

Client Served

Rating: 5

JFS is an amazing resource! April has really helped me refine my goals and target my job opportunities. I highly recommend their workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and Linkedin. Two thumbs up!