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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

Mission: JVS empowers individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, and partners with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces.

Target demographics: The majority of people we serve are either unemployed, or are entry-level workers who need career advancement services.  JVS clients include welfare recipients, older workers, individuals with disabilities, refugees, immigrants, dislocated workers, and entry-level workers lacking opportunity for upgrade or promotion.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 21,000 individuals

Geographic areas served: Greater Boston

Programs: JVS Boston serves over 21,000 individuals per year in programs that include adult education, occupational skills training, job readiness training, job placement and support, financial literacy and asset development services.

Populations served include refugees and immigrants, dislocated workers, individuals with disabilities, individuals transitioning off public assistance, and other low-income individuals with barriers to employment.  The division also assists employer customers in their search for well-qualified job applicants.  Volunteer opportunities are available at the JVS downtown office, as well as in Hyde Park and Newton.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to know this non-profit organization through a Social worker at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. I got what I was expecting .I was assigned to a Career Counselor who made arrangements for me to start individualized classes at JVS computer tutoring, interview practice and sending out resumes. By so doing, my computer skills have improved thus making it easier for me to send out resumes and cover on line. I have gained confidence in preparing for job interviews. Thank you very much JVS for your services. Looking forward for job placement.


Client Served

Rating: 3

I joined a professional training, PCWD, done by JVS, partners and Project Hope. It was wonderful.The training focused on customer service, resume building, medical terminology, computer skills and internship.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JVS has partnered with CVS/Pharmacy to create a Regional Learning Center, where CVS and JVS offer training and development not only to CVS employees, but also to the JVS client population as well. Our partnership is very unique, and incredibly rewarding for CVS/Pharmacy. CVS provides JVS with use of the technology and training programs that CVS offers, in hopes of providing jobs to those JVS clients who show the skills and desire to join the CVS team. The staff at JVS is second to none - they do incredible work every day with persons with disabilities, The staff at JVS is second to none - they do incredible work every day in providing job skills and development in creative ways to with persons with disabilities, refugees - people of all backgrounds. The dedicated staff that work there every day care deeply about their work and their clients, and to me, this is what makes them a true asset to our community and our city. Rick Laferriere CVS/Pharmacy