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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: JVS is L.A.'s first and most experienced non-profit, non-sectarian organization focused exclusively on career services and workforce development. Since 1930, we have been helping people of all faiths and backgrounds navigate the changing job market, overcome barriers to employment and keep their dreams intact. Our goal is to assist our clients to achieve economic self-sufficiency, enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families and our community.

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles

Programs: Welfare to work programswelfare to work programs provide assistance to thousands of clients transitioning from welfare to work through the los angeles county gain and grow programs. The programs offer full-service case management under the supervision of the county. Offices are located in chatsworth, palmdale, santa clarita, and los angeles.

workforce development programsworkforce development programs provide job readiness workshops and counseling in the areas of comprehensive job search and employment services to assist individuals with appropriate career paths and employment. Unique to the jvs centers are a special focus on youth and young adults including those on public assistance. The centers contain the areas greatest concentration of assistive technology for jobseekers with vision or hearing impairment. Jvs contracts with the city of west hollywood, city of santa monica, county of los angeles, city of los angeles, antelope valley, and city of hawthorne and collaborates with the state department of rehabilitation and the employment development department offices to provide workforce development services.

scholarship programthe jvs scholarship fund grants scholarships to low-income jewish students who require financial assistance to pursue post-high school education. Scholarship awards are funded by contributions received by jvs, as well as income earned on endowments held by both jvs and the jewish community foundation (foundation). These financial statements exclude funds held by the foundation.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 4

Universal Services is investigated for lying to arbritrator,make false allegations againsy former employee Sean Felder at NYC Small Claims Court 4/28/16.Case is appealed,they owe me backpay,unpaid lost wages.Shady security firm violating labor laws at SkyVeiw Mall

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Russell Moore, I previously attended the first Apartment Works program through JVS. Brenda Corona who coordinated the program along with Melba and the instructor John Q. were instrumental in my success. I completed the program and passed the CAMT (Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician) exam. At the graduation of the program several apartment management companies attended and also conducted a small job fair for me and my colleagues. This lead to several interviews. I decided to accept an offer with Avalonbay Communities, Inc. as a Maintenance Tech II on December 29, 2014, I've been with Avalonbay for a little over a year now and I just received a promotion to the Maintenance Tech III position at our Santa Monica community. It has been a lot of hard work but extremely rewarding. I owe my success to JVS and koodos to Brenda Corona and her staff. Thank you JVS, keeping serving the community.

Russell Moore
Maintenance Tech III
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I haven't got a job yet, I am still looking, but I know I am way better off in this quest thanks to the support I am getting from the JVS people! It might take me a while to find my new job, but it won't be because I haven't got the best help! I knew from the get go that I had found I fantastic team to support me in my transition. I actually started attending the JVS WorkSoource Center in West Hollywood, LA before being laid off. So, when the moment I was let go arrived, it wasn't so traumatic. By then, I knew I was already in good hands. I found JVS thru a friend, and every time I talked to her I thanked her for the referral. Now I want to recommend JVS to any one in a similar situation. It is a fantastic organization to help in your work transition. I just hope that public funding doesn't penalize the people that work and struggle to help others in such difficult time as it is looking for a way to make a living.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been an ongoing client of the MDR Work Source Center. The local HOA Adm. Asst. position that I had been working at for 2 years recently ended. The position was being restructured to an Accts. Payable position. The day after the position ended, I went to the MDR Work Source Center to register. Right from the beginning, I was very impressed with the professionalism of the case manger, account executive & others that I dealt with. It's now several months later & I just found out that I'm starting a long term temp assignment at a nearby company. I'm very excited about this new opportunity! I would have never gotten through the job search process without the support of the MDR Work Source Center. Kudos to all of the employees that continue to help job seekers on a day to day basis!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had recently lost my job due to a department closure. I took some time to think about different career paths that would be good for the type of skills that I had. I was introduced to a program called BankWork$ that is run by JVS, I applied and was enrolled in the 8 week course. LIFE CHANGING!!!!!!!!! The program taught me how to utilize my skills and apply it to the banking industry. The instructors Lisa Meadows and Maria Zuniga were extremely helpful. Lisa and Maria guided the class step by step on how to interview, dress for success, show personality and how to succeed as a teller. After completing the course I was able to interview with all of the banks that sponsored the program. I received many offers and decided to become a team member with Wells Fargo. I love my new career and I know that I will go far and continue to climb the ladder of success. I thank JVS for creating such programs that change and empower people’s lives. -----------Courtney, Los Angeles California

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After taking the BankWork$ Training Program I was different. I wasn't the same girl as before. This program changed the way I think and the way I feel about myself. I beacme more confident, I believe in myself now. Im not scared to go to job interviews anymore. One thing that i really loved about this program was that it prepares you for the job amd how to take control of some situations. Another thing was, I found/saw a lot of things that I didnt see about myself before.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Contrary to what the latest review might say....I have actually had a very good experience. I am a veteran of the military and for the past two years (since I got out) I have been struggling to find work in my main career field (film/television/radio). As anyone knows jobs in said field(s) are hard to come by...VERY hard. But, with the JVS WorkSource Center team I worked with in Marina Del Rey (Julie Freeland in particular) I was able to "slam dunk" a job at Chipotle. Now, make no mistake it was a lot of hard work and as the Beatles put it a "long and winding road..." it is interim success while finishing my BA in Television Production at Cal State Northridge. And for that I thank the entire WorkSource Center team.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Your staff in Glendale is rude and unprofessional. They are treating the public which they are getting paid to service like they are dirt. And your security company "searching" your customers, is highly uncalled for. This isn't a prision. What are you thinking with not providing parking either? I would suggest you go examine your facility and staff. It's a nightmare.

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jvs-los-angeles 07/26/2011

I am very sorry you did not have a good experience. Please note that our staff strives to give you the best service possible and if this was not the case on your visit, we will do everything possible to ensure that this is solved. We have several other locations you can visit for services and we hope you will utilize JVS as a resource in the future. Please visit http://www.jvsla.org for more information. Thank you for your feedback.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"It takes a village"

Mentors, counselors, supporters and friends,

I’m writing to tell you that today I received and accepted a job offer for a Corporate Event Specialist position.

As you know it’s been a long, arduous journey and I couldn’t have made it without all of the help I got along the way. For that, I am forever grateful.

My job search didn’t really start to turnaround until I reached out to readily available resources: the JVS Wo-Mentoring program and the Dress for Success Going Places Network course. While support from friends and family is important, it was having access to a network of job search specialists that really made the difference for me. Whether tweaking my resume and cover letters, mock interviews, fine-tuning my elevator speech or just plain giving me the confidence that I was “hireable.” You were all my champions and as the title of my email suggests, sometime it does take a village to turn the corner. In my case, it did.

The first day of my new job is July 11. I don’t think you need to wish me luck because I already consider myself one lucky girl to have had all of you on my side.

Sincerely,

Lauren

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jvs-los-angeles 07/08/2011

Congratulations Lauren! I am so happy to hear that JVS helped you on your journey. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three weeks ago I was offered a course in Fiber-Optic training. To qualify I had to take a battery of tests at one Worksource, provide a copy of my driving record and, of course, all the usual documentation required of a job at another.

I jumped at the chance to take this class because I've been interested in this technology for years. Not knowing what to expect I showed up for the class as required.

What a shock. The instructor has been working in the industry for nearly his entire professional career. He knew every answer, gave tips not covered in the (quite excellent documentation), and answered any and all questions. He was quite the task-master, but always had time to help us work out whatever our issues were and help us through the course.

About the course. It was a very complete blend of lecture, question and answer and "real world" hands on. The hands-on always followed the lecture and was always relevant to the topic we just learned about.

it was intense, often running over eight hours a day with at least four hours of homework per night, but it was worth it. I not only feel competent in the "book learning," but in possible field situations as well.

I now hold three certificates, am a member of the Fiber Optic Association and will be getting a tool-kit very shortly. Best of all I have some experience in working with fiber and feel completely at ease in this complex and interesting environment.

Did I say the instructor was excellent? I don't think Worksource could have found a better trainer than Mr. Pruett.

Advisor

Rating: 5

To All Concerned,

I was at the West Hollywood (CA) Worksource attending a workshop. After the workshop, I went into the computer lab (called the CRC). I was just printing out extra copies of my resume and checking my email. Well, the person who works there as the CRC "monitor," was monitoring my information (exclusively) while I was on the computer.

Again I ask, if I am a "nobody," then why was this person monitoring me while I was on the computer? I know that these facilities have the "right" to monitor whoever they want, but this person was only monitoring me. The person must have seen something that I was doing, because they laughed and ran to tell someone something about what he saw while I was on the computer.

Bottomline, if any of my personal information gets out, I am not concerned about myself. I can protect myself. If any one of my family members is hurt because one person took it upon themselves to expose what they saw me doing on a computer monitor, then you better get more security to protect BP. He can leave the country all he wants to. I will be here when he gets back. I am not playing. That is okay. No one asked me if I was playing or not. The problem is, you are not taking me seriously.

Every time you mess with me, I will tell the whole world about it. It is about time that you realize that "THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD." Obviously I was blessed with the "gift of gab," along with the ability and opportunity to use "the pen," because look how everything is turning out. The exact thing that you are trying to take away from me - Is what I am using to "bring you all down." Let me tell you something: I am tired of people bitching at me for telling the truth. I told you all that this was going to happen.

The ones who you sent to "finish me off" are starting to cry, and b*@$h, and moan. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR IT! I warned them over and over and over and over again - that this would be the outcome. They would not listen. They got cocky from everyone patting them on their backs. They were playing for stripes.

I do not "play for the other team." Ask them. They are the ones who have kept me from having a female. I have been in L.A. for (9) months. Last time I checked, it takes a woman about (9) months to have a baby. I could have been a father by now theoretically. I have met over (100) women over the last (9) months. One of these women could have wanted to marry me by now. These haters are taking it upon themselves stop me, but they are paying a dear dear price for it. One that I do not think they are willing to pay.

They are calling my childhood friends that I have known since I was (10) years old. People who I grew up with. I know their parents, their grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, uncles, nephews, nieces, ect. They are telling them horrible things about me that are not even true, and they are threatening them. How does that make me look? How does that make me feel?

How does that make them look? I know...You do not care, and neither do I. I will continue to dismantle whoever gets in my way. I told you that I was COLD. I am one of the coldest individuals on the planet. I see why you do not want me to have any money - BECAUSE I WOULD HANDLE YOU.

I must let you all know that GOD is in control. He is guiding me every step of the way. Say I am crazy now. I am still alive. I am winning - not whinning. Peace,

Gary P Smith

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to JVS about a year ago because I needed help writing a resume after taking off nearly 10 years to stay home with my kids. I was interested in finding part-work, but since all my past work experience had been as a photographer for various magazines and publishing companies, I had never needed a resume.

While at JVS' offices, I was introduced to their communications director who enthusiastically perused my portfolio and tear sheets from past jobs. I have been shooting events for them ever since.

In a challenging job market, I walked into JVS hoping to find something that might fit both my abilities and my schedule. What I found was a new client that is both creative and SO worthwhile- this organization is doing amazing things that truly turn people's lives around.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client of JVS since mid-summer, shortly after I lost my teaching job due to downsizing at my school. I can give no less than rave reviews about the friendly and knowledgeable people who work for JVS. Being Jewish, I felt almost as though I had come home for help at my time of need. However, the non-Jews in my various groups and classes seem to feel very much the same. For a modest fee (free to those who can't afford it), I have acquired new skills to focus my job search, "modernize" my resume, interview successfully, and to "network, network, network." Every Monday at the Career Connections job club Bobbi Yanke brings job postings and information about upcoming networking events. I have just completed Maturability, a popular eight-session class that focuses on teaching the "chronologically enhanced" members of our population (those of us for whom the job search is even more difficult than for younger people) to revisit our skills and to reinvent ourselves. Thank you for all of your help, guidance, knowledge, and most of all for buoying my spirits during this difficult time. The people I have met at and through JVS are awesome! I am now ready to say that the ball is in my court!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience that taught me various things about subjects that someone needs to succeed as you move on to the working world.Everyone in the Jewish Vocational Center is hard working and very dedicated to their work of building better lives one job at a time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I am a business reporter/editor with a varied professional background - this includes public relations, freelance writing, non profit case management and administrative/clerical experience. For lack of any alternatives, I have job searched on their computers almost daily for about eight months. I applied for many positions at JVS/JFS but have never been considered. I am also disabled, but able to perform with utmost professionalism having only a slight challenge in terms of phones (but that is workable). I recently noticed that there is a disabilities specialist on site. No one notified me. My unemployment ran out months ago. The real problem however is while JVS allowed me to use the computers, the compuers are seemingly corrupted. I have been plagued by hacking for many years now (and am unable to find any assistance to remedy this). However the situation has worsened since I began accessing the computers at JVS. I was about to discuss the situation with staff only I am now not allowed in the building. Say what? Why? No one will return my calls or tell me what is going on. Great, eh?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The team at JVS is so helpful, motivational, and professional. I am so glad that I found this organization, and thankful for all of their assistance over the past few months. They have so much to offer - so many helpful suggestions, classes and workshops, and friendly team members to help during a difficult time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in their 2009 WoMentoring program as a mentor in Marketing. I had a truly wonderful experience. The program staff work hard to find mentors who could really guide mentees during this challenging process. The program continues to thrive year after year because of the dedicated of the staff and volunteers. My mentee reached out to me recently to update me that she's working in Marketing and enjoying it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

From the very beginning of my experience in the WoMemtoring program I felt a sense of genuine caring and a hands on approach to helping me further my goals of finding an employment opportunity and growing my career. During the 8-month program JVS staff members have kept a continuous connection with me and my mentor, encouraging progress and ultimate success. It is truly wonderful to know that there are people who really care about people and I am eternally grateful for this experience. A heartfelt thanks to all of the JVS staff!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a medical student who was awarded a scholarship from JVS. While financial assistance is always appreciated, JVS stands for much more. Personally, it has served me with a plethora of opportunities, both personal and professional.

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jvs-los-angeles 05/07/2010

Thank you for this awesome review. There are so many people that can benefit from our services that are unaware of what we have to offer. Thank you for helping JVS Los Angeles spread the word!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had many challenges during my childhood, which affected my schooling and subsequent educational opportunities. For many years I worked full time, striving to attain my undergraduate degree so that I could fulfill my long-term aspiration of doing research to investigate factors normally associated with aging and the deterioration of bodily function. JVS helped me to be in a position to go to school full-time and attain my Bachelor of Science degree. JVS has also offered me many opportunities, including internships, summer work, job opportunities, emergency loans, and counseling. During the three years it has taken me to complete my degree, the support of JVS has been invaluable.

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