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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Health, Home Health Care, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: A wide range of affordable clinical and community-based mental health, counseling and support programs, autism supports, home health care services, learning programs and services for people with developmental disabilities assist those who live or work in Westchester County. Service is offered in homes, schools, clinic settings, and in the community. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of services, to being responsive to changing community needs, and maintaining fiscal and programmatic responsibililty. Specific programs, funded through UJA-Federation and private foundations, serve the Westchester Jewish community.

Target demographics: WJCS offers individuals with developmental disabilities a range of clinical and residential services to enable them to reach their highest potential. Group residences in convenient communities and supervised apartments for high functioning young adults foster independence and socialization.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 19,000

Geographic areas served: Westchester County, New York

Programs: see our website http://www.wjcs.com/ for complete information:

Community Stories

145 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 3

What started out being a life changing therapeutic experience ended very poorly. After 6 months of therapy my psychologist began to remind me of how long I had been coming in for therapy, indirectly making comments during sessions and even laughing at things I would bring up. When I was strong enough to confront her about laughing, she said that she what I said reminded her of a pass situation of her own and that I am too sensitive to people's reactions. I would think that as my therapist, if you know your patient is sensitive to people's comments and gestures, why not let her know immediately why your laughing during her session.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS has been a life savior for our family. My husband has a life threatening medical condition and my twin sons are on the autistic spectrum. We have utilized multiple services at WJCS over the past several years including the FAD program for autistic teens, Individual therapy for both sons, Pathways to Care for myself and my husband. All of these services have been exemplary. The therapists are compassionate and highly skilled and have gone out of their way to help our family during times of greatest need. We are deeply appreciative of the excellent services we have received.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Executives and their staff are exemplary and beyond compare...working tirelessly to Strengthen Lives and Shape Futures.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They Are amazing! Always going the extra distance for clients. If they can not provide you with a service for your client they will help you find an agency that will!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of registering and participating in many aspects of the WJCS program Connect-to-Care during a job search after the financial crisis in 2008-09. It was and is the most robust and useful "out placement" service I have had the pleasure of observing, addressing not only the material and practical aspects of career placement / change in these challenging economic times,but offering human help in the form of self-care seminars, confidence building and fellowship. The staff is knowledgeable, caring and proactive in assisting their clients. It is a very well run and in my view effective program that I have been recommending to many people.

Client Served

Rating: 5





To Anita Greenwald and her wonderful, caring staff at WJCS Connect-To-Care with gratitude and and appreciation for all that you do and how graciously you do it...

Walking into Connect To Care's Westchester Office, my husband and I experienced a complete sense of caring, professionalism and overall supportive atmoshpere. We were offered employment and career transition services which included effective workshops that ran the gamut from interviewing skills to Jewish mindful meditation to using LinkedIn. In addition we were given internet access, a place to relax or chat with others and to always find a place of support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank WJCS enough for helping me to put my life back on the right track and come closer to finding a sense of spiritual and emotional peace. Jane Slevin, Pathways to Care, has been a caring, inspiring, supportive counselor, especially in helping with the devastating effects of being the sole caregiver to my critically ill brother, Jeff, who recently died. Jane continues to be a source that I continue to rely on as I come to terms with my own bereavement process. Also, Rabbi Pamela Wax, Spiritual Healing Center, has encouraged my husband and myself to partake of the many programs--the one we attended was a source of serenity in a very troubled time. WJCS deserves to be recognized for all they do and the caring way in which they do it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women Helping Women group was my best resource while unemployed. The program provided resources that ordinary programs overlook. Lenore does a great job of finding presenters who address topics mostly overlooked by other unemployment resources. The seminars I attended focused on personality issues, stress, how to find a job using LinkedIn and provided new local resources. But one of the program's best assets was the women themselves and the safe, supportive environment it provides. The women who attend the program and the program gave me the emotional support and encouragement to continue in my search for employment and not give up. The seminars provided can help anyone whether or not unemployed. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have attended the program. Carol Dowling

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best thing that has happened to me has been finding Connect to Care. From the moment I entered the door I knew that my life would be changing for the better. Every person I have met has only one mission -- to be of assistance in a positive and supportive manner. I now feel confident that I have the skills and support to move on to my next profession.

trd1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with Lenore Rosenbaum at the Westchester County Jail. Lenore and I facilitated a program called Fresh Start. We went into the jail weekly and worked with the women. Fresh Start was a series of sessions working with women to find ways to change the behavior that led them to prison. At the end of the series, the women in the program were matched with trained volunteer mentors. This relationship lasted approximately one year. Both mentors and mentees learned much from one another. It was a very rewarding program for all who participated.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am in the book club, called Connections, run by the WJCS. This club takes plsce on the phone since most of the participants are homebound and have problems with their eyes. I am wheelchair homebound with MS, so for me it is a G'd send. Debbie of WJCS goes out of her way to get the books for me and orders tapes of those who need them. It is a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 4

WJCS has been a lifeline for myself and my family. I have personally benifitted from their Connect to Care programs in addition to therapy with the Trauma and Abuse Center. We also have received helpful advice reguarding services for which my grandfather qualified as well how to best negotiate the system to our advantage. There have been many times in the past few years when I have suggested that my friends and colleagues check WJCS out for themselves and their needs. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the parent of a 32 year old developmentally disabled young woman who lives in one of the group homes run by WJCS. My husband and I are beyond grateful for the staff of WJCS and particularly the staff at her group home at Hudson Terrace. It is truly like a family who care so deeply for our daughter and all of the young women in the home. No matter what medical or behavioral issue that comes up regarding my daughter, the staff handles it quickly and professionally. We feel blessed that our daughter loves in such a wondering place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is autistic and has always been socially inappropriate with her peers. She only wanted to be with adults (our family and friends) and was with us 24/7. She had a lot of difficulty keeping herself busy and so she shadowed me whenever she wasn't in school, etc. Finding WJCS changed our lives tremendously. She got involved with their special needs groups and eventually at age 23 moved into a new group home with 5 other young woman her age that she knew for a long time. The staff of the Community Residential Services program was truly phenomenal in helping us put this group home together. The staff at the house is seriously beyond wonderful-extremely caring and supportive of all of the residents. I feel blessed that my daughter is living in such a warm, caring environment with so many wonderful people working with her. She is doing better than I could have ever imagined! Thank you WJCS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS has helped our family tremendously by providing services for children on the Autism spectrum. It helped us find a community with in our community of families facing similar challenges. They have social skills programs, parent groups, and support sports programs like Miracle League. We have been able to maintain these relationships outside WJCS. These friendships have been very important to both the kids and the parents. We learn so much from each other.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS has been a life savior for myself and my family. I have twin teenage sons on the autistic spectrum and a husband with a serious medical condion. My sons have been involved in the social skills groups through the Autism Family Center for several years. These groups are led by unusualy caring and energetic young therapists who have helped my sons flourish despite a great deal of family stress. More recently, after my husband developed a life-threating medical condition, I sought support through the agency's Pathways to Care program. The program's social worker has been enormously helpful, supportive and generous with her time. It is difficult to express how much her compassion has meant to me and how deeply grateful I am.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WJCS finds a way to help those with social or mental health issues by providing superb care. The staff go out of their way on a consistent basis spending many extra unpaid hours to see that theiur clients are well served. In addition to the "statistics" that we as board members review, we are rewarded by the stories of appreciation told by individual clients who recount to us who their lives have been changed and uplifted as a result of one of WJCS' programs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center lane in white plains ny. What a great program....for LGBTQ.I am a parent of a transgender child.thank god for this support group. I've learned so much

Board Member

Rating: 5

This multi-service non-profit in Westchester County, NY is an incredible organization in so many ways. Excellent programs touch all ages. Staff are caring and committed. Volunteers play a very important role.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary agency. It offers an amazing and professional range of services for infants through seniors. In the professional work that I do, I am eager to refer clients to WJCS' wonderful programs, especially for children. The Westchester Jewish community is most fortunate to have WJCS in its midst!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister committed suicide. It has been a long family recovery period. Attending the suicide support group has been invaluable.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have had experience with Lenore and the WHW classes. I found I always learn something new, even if it's one thing. When you are not working, as I am, it is really great to have support in this tough time. I have also learned of different programs that have helped to make a little easier finacially, that I did not know of previously. Lenore is a delight and I look forward to seeing her smiling face when I go to a seminar or class. I am so appreciative of these services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly enjoy volunteering at Kid's Kloset. I get such a good feeling by packing bags for needy children.

Susan134

Advisor

Rating: 5

WJCS provides grreat services and programs. Think they do a wonderful job with outreach and the programs.

Laura79

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Westchester Jewish Community Services has positively impacted the lives of so many people in need - from very young children to senior citizens - it is a very valuable resource.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An inviting and welcoming place with something for everyone! Check it out.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client of WJCS and I am so grateful for the help I received. I started going because my husband is a compulsive gambler and our home life was awful because of it. We also attend GA and Gam-Anon but I felt we still needed more. My husband started to see Frank Limone, gambling counselor, and getting help from him. Then I started seeing Frank for my theraspy. We had individual couseling, couples counseling and group therapy. I have to say that the help and support we received from WJCS has made a tremendous difference in our lives. I would and DO recommend WJCS to people in need of help. Unfortunately, the gambling program closed and that is very sad.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was unemployed for a year and am now 'underemployed' for about a year. WJCS is some place I continue to follow. They have informative emails, workshops, and also present job opportunities. One of the exceptional things about WJCS is that many of their programs are geared toward women.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS' Connect-to-Care is a life-saving organization, providing everything from a quiet place to use a computer, to food, snacks, hot drinks, one-to-one counseling, excellent workshops on topics such as using LinkedIn and perfecting your interviewing skills, along with bankruptcy planning (if needed) and information on low-cost medical insurance (to name just a few services offered). Aside from the practical, Connect-to-Care is a place to go to find a truly caring (and professional) staff whose sole purpose is to help fellow Jews affected by the economic downturn.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WJCS serves as bold and courageous model of the best in mental health. They have been leaders in bringing an antiracist lens to their clinical practice and services. Thank you WJCS for serving a role model for other organizations to follow. Sandy Bernabei

Client Served

Rating: 5

i am a divorced mother of 2 and now an empty nester trying to "redefine" myself and find employment while reevaluating my goals and self worth. I have been out of work for some time and confidence is not exactly oozing from my back pocket. i have found mentors, friends and many wonderful resources at Connect2Care (C2C) that have become invaluable to me as i navigate down unchartered roads. C2C is unique in what they provide and how they provide it. With warmth, perspective, patience and wisdom, they provide the equivalent of "home cooking" for the mind that nurtures the soul. Because of my experiences at C2C, i am inspired to maintain a positive outlook and keep moving forward during these times of change and economic uncertainty. I will be successful and when i am, i have C2C to thank for it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An agency with a very wide range of services available to the public; I find their counseling/mental health work to be spot on. I would never hesitate to make a referral of a bereaved member of the community to WJCS,

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WJCS is one of the finest Social Service Agencies in Westchester County. THeir staff are highly trained and professional and always go that extra mile for their clients. Staff are treated well and receive ongong professionl development/training in the most cutting edge treatment modalities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did workshops on Alternative Career Options and Entrepreneurship for unemployed individuals at WJCS's Connect-to-Care Division.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional Social Worker and I have referred clients to WJCS for clinical services, end-of -life assistance and to their Family Autism Center. WCS is a most professional and valuable agency.

Elliot F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WJCS is THE go to source for help from "cradle to grave." Their personal sense of caring is only exceeded by their overall expertise. I cannot think of a more impactful Westchester agency.

Joan L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After the loss of our family business, I heard about the services offered by WJCS.from a friend of mine who participated in workshops offered and ended up landing a part time job. I knew that I needed to find the wherewithal and the confidence to pick myself up, write a resume and job hunt. I needed to be around others like myself who suddenly found themselves down on their luck. I have since availed myself of support group type Friday afternoon discussions as well as a variety of services, such as networking and resume building workshops. The wholehearted warmth and genuine caring of the WJCS staff is so welcome when one is undergoing such challenges as I have to face. I am sincerely thankful to have been able to find these excellent services, locally and free of charge, at this very sad and unexpected turn of events in my personal life. I am now back at work, feeling constructive and fulfulled as a teacher. Thank you for offering these services to me and others like me at a time when I felt so alone and helpless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The programs and support I have received from the staff at WJCS have made a marked improvement in my personal and professional life. I have learned valuable and practical life skills that I am able to practice daily and I see and feel a difference.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization! Impacts lives for the better. Well run.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They run phenomenal workshops for people out of work and searching for jobs. They really helped me update my job search skills.

Elly Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Kid's Kloset, a children's clothing pantry sponsored by Westchester Jewish Community Services, for the past year. In that time we have clothed over 1800 needy children with individual Bags of Love, each with a child's name and a week's worth of gently used and new clothes. The heart and soul of this organization, Stephanie Roth, works tirelessly as a volunteer, to constantly make social service agencies, schools, religious organizations and community centers aware of our work; she is always looking for likely sources of donations, both individual and group/corporate, to ensure that we have the means to make up our Bags of Love. About a month ago, we were put out of our home due to a fire on the roof of our building. Stephanie never gave up and worked 24/7 to find us a temporary home. We are now in a large, clean, airy space, a great place to work. This is an amazing organization and Stephanie is a truly gifted organizer and worker.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS was willing to work with a group of parents to create a program for our children with special needs. They have been attentive, diligent, and collaborative, and it has led to a very successful program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could remember when we (my daughter-diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, with a seizure disorder among other difficulties and I) started going to the WJCS. Being a single parent dealing with a child with disabilities is difficult, but we have experienced the death of my sister, job losses, inability to pay rent and other financial hardships.
Both my daughter and I were in counseling at the WJCS on a weekly basis. I learned parent training techniques and she also learned to try and modify her aggressive and inappropriate behaviors.
The WJCS has been invaluable to my family as they helped to finance part of my daughter's trip to sleep away camp which was a stepping stone to her continued growth. My daughter was away for 7 weeks. It took the first 3 weeks of her being away for me to recover from being with my daughter 24/7. The rest of the time I could devote to the necessary activities to keep us out of a shelter. Last summer the WJCS helped us attend a local pool which is an activity my daughter loves. My daughter was able to work her way up to 20 laps by the time the summer ended which was an incredible accomplishment. Each time she added a lap her self esteem grew. By the time she reached 20 laps, she was ecstatic. It is very hard for a young lady of 17 who has speech difficulties and motor coordination to have self esteem. I was also able to swim and get needed exercise to help relieve the stress I am under. We worked with Ms. Norma Litman and her counsel and help was a God send. It was suggested that I attend a special therapy group, which was also very helpful and eye opening.
When we had to go on food stamps and other assistance, the WJCS helped with bills. As I am writing this and remembering the huge totality of the help we have been given I feel such remiss in not writing to the director of the facility with my eternal gratitude. How do you quantify an agency that has helped a family to such a degree and we are only one family. I pray that you find it in your hearts to help this agency help others as they have helped us in the difficulties they are facing. Thank you for the opportunity of sharing our information about the WJCS. Opps, we also used the psychiatric staff for help as well and they were very helpful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering as a tutor at the Mount Vernon New York Edward Williams Elementary School Afterschool Advantage program which is a WJCS sponsored program. The program is invaluable to the school community. I am involved as a member of Westchester Reform Temple which supports the program with many adult and student volunteers. As an experienced teacher I am able to tutor students on their school work and give very much needed help. The relationships that I have formed with the students are extremely gratifying. They are so appreciative of the help. They have told me that the attention that the tutors give them makes them feel special. An impressive group of high school student have organized their peer group into a high school club. They take their responsibility seriously and come in strong numbers to tutor the children in the program and to work on special projects with them. This is a win win situation - the children in the after school program get invaluable help and the high school students experience the satisfaction of knowing that they have done an amazing job in giving to those who are in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was first introduced to WJCS by a Board member over 10 years ago, I knew very little of the critical services it provided to so many residents of Wesrtchester County. I decided to learn more and become involved as a volunteer. The more I learned, the more I became committed to their mission, and I was happy to be asked to join the Board and have the opportunity to play a larger role. I am constantly impressed with the caring and innovative thinking of the agency and its well respected staff and committed volunteers. As needs and issues in family mental health, home health care and developmental disabilities arise in the county, WJCS is most often the go-to agency to find a way to meet them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS is a g-d send. My family has used various services over the years from individual, couples, child and family counseling, to job searching techniques. We had fallen on hard times after loosing jobs and having major medical problems. The WJCS has helped us tremendously. We were sorry that the Yorktown office had to close but the Hartsdale office welcomed us with open arms. Thank you

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These seders provide an invaluable servide to the Jewish community they serve. I have been volunteering for nearly 20 years, and have seen firsthand the joy the seders bring to the developmentally disabled population and their family members. The guests look forward to the seders, not only as a chance to celebrate their Jewish traditions with song, prayer and food, but also to connect with friends they have made at the seders over the years. It is also a wonderful experience for the younger generation of volunteers, to actively participate in such a heart warming event.

Laura K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My involvement with WJCS began nearly 8 years ago, as a volunteer in one of the Continuing Day Treatment programs, where I was touched not only by the commitment and dedication of the staff, but also by the warmth and honesty of the clients. I continue to serve now, on the Board of Directors of this most truly exceptional agency. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of an organization that is comprised of so many diverse programs and services, each of which helps people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds confront the life challenges with which they are faced. It is difficult not to be impressed by the collaboration that continually takes place between the Executive professionals of WJCS, its staff and board members, in meeting the needs of the clients and in always striving to improve the lives of others. All it ever takes is a simple phone call or a conversation to set the wheels in motion, get appropriate referrals, find a hand to hold or a heart to heal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been one of the volunteers at the WJCS Seders for the disabled. Clearly the benefit to those who attend is incredibly worthy, however, the benefit received by our student volunteers ( B'nai Mitzvah age and older) is PRICELESS. For some it is their chosen Mitzvah project for others it is a project that they participate yearly. It is quite an experience ~ all around to behold!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a past president and board member for 20 years I have seen up close the degree of care with which this agency approaches its relationships with its clients, The board is continually presented with opportunities to meet clients and visit sites where services are provided. While the agency is proud of its overall statistics in terms of numbers of clients served, the ability to hear individual stories and the importance that is placed on respect for the clients is a hall mark of this agency. While the agency has a wide scope of activities ranging from the infant to the 100-year old, to the immigrant and to the mentally challenged individual, to the displaced and financiall challenged middle income professional, the quality of care provided is outstanding.

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Barry K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a 6 year board member, as well as an actie participant in many non-profit organizations, I can honestly say that WJCS is a remarkably effective and well run organization. Everything they do, across an incredibly wide spectrum of social services, is done with excellence, intelligence, compassion and efficiency. We constantly hear from users of WJCS services who come to give testimony at board meetings, that the organization has deeply and positively afffected their lives. We are constantly told by our goverment funders at the State and County level, that we are amonth the best run and most efficient deliverer of services, and they want us to do more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The WJCS has been a beacon of support and services for our family. Our daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's when she was 18 in her first year of college.

The WJCS is the only Westchester agency that addressed, in part, her particular needs, especially for social skills.

She participated in the Supper Club, the successor to the Breakfast Club, a free socialization group for young adults, a service that was not offered anywhere else. She had an opportunity to socialize, go out with a group, play games, travel independently and meet new friends.

In addition, Bonnie Graham recommended another program in NYC that has been of great benefit to Sara.

Socialization groups for high-functioning young adults with Asperger's are sorely needed. I cannot emphasize enough how impossible it has been to find services for our daughter and how much we appreciate WJCS. They are a leader in their field.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS is doing amazing things to help the autistic community in Westchester. It is providing help with housing so that these individuals can live independently and be part of a community. We are at the beginning of a wave of young adults with autism who have been provided services by the schools but do not have services from the state. WJCS is essential to dealing with this tremendous void.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WJCS helped my family many years ago through its respite program (Project Timeout). Now I work as a Temple Administrator and get information about the many helpful programs which WJCS sponsors and refer callers with many needs to WJCS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at WJCS is warm and caring. I am a volunteer helping out with meal delivery to home-bound seniors. The seniors are SO happy when they have a visitor and a warm home-cooked meal. I am so proud to be a part of their program and I hope they can continue to provide this service - and so many many more to those in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and beneficiary of the services offered by Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), I have witnessed the positive impact this agency has made in the lives of thousands of my neighbors throughout Weschester County.

In 1976, my mother enrolled in the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP), an early childhood learning program offered through WJCS. PCHP sent a home visitor to work with my mother and I for one visit a week for two years, during the second and third year of my life. My mother, a recent immigrant from Colombia, was struggling with a language barrier and inexperience in raising a child. PCHP empowered my mother to become my first teacher, by modeling behavior for her to utlize with me and my younger brother. In addition, PCHP brought books and educational toys that my mother would share with me long after the home visitor had left.

I credit this early-childhood experience for providing me with the skill-set I needed to succeed in school. Unlike my peers who has similiar backgrounds to my own, I felt at ease with books and had an expanded vocabulary. This continued throughout my academic career, and I became the first in my family to attend college, earning a degree from Cornell University. My brother followed in my footsteps and obtained his degree from Cornell University several years later. I credit my success to the services provided by PCHP and WJCS to my family, and for that I am eternally grateful and indebted to this wonderful agency.

Today, I am honored to serve on the board of WJCS, and together with my colleagues on the board, we are working hard to ensure that residents throughout Westchester continue to obtain critical social services provided by WJCS.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a WJCS Board member for almost 25 years, I have had the opportunity to work together with professionals who are of the highest caliber and representative of the WJCS mission... dedicated to helping people of all ages cope with emotional, cognitive, environmental, physical, social and educational challenges. Throughout the years, our committed Board of Directors has helped to build the foundation and is continuing to take the steps to Strengthen Lives and Shape Futures

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been one of the volunteers at the WJCS Seders for the disabled. I witness many of the same people attending the service. They look forward to coming and taking a part in the Seder. I believe I have participated for at least five years, and I feel good about seeing the happy look on the faces of the people, during the services.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board member for almost 7 years, and a past employee for almost 10 years, I have come to know WJCS quite well. Friends with concerns about end of life issues, educational challenges facing their children and granchildren, home health services for elderly parents or spouses, call me to connect them to WJCS. They have all reported back about the excellent and professional care they have received.

I have used the expertise of WJCS Home Health services for my elderly mother-in-law. The aides provided were caring, competent and reliable. What a reloiewf it was to know that my mother-in-law was so well cared for ina time of need.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am the grandparent of a teen with Asperger's syndrome. It is frustrating & heartbreaking to know that he is a frequent victim of bullying. One of his greatest wishes is to have friends & to be just like other kids his age.
About two years ago, I came across an ad from WJCS saying that they were starting a support group for grandparents of children on the autism spectrum.
I called & was graciously invited by Bonnie, the group facilitator, to attend their first monthly meeting. My husband attended the first meeting with me along with about 6 other grandparents. We both have been attending since then. The same problems still continue for our grandchild & probably always will since there is no cure for Asperger's syndrome. However, it is comforting to share stories with & offer suggestions to one another. It is not usually appropriate for us to tell even our closest friends about events such as our grandchild putting his foot through the car windshield or a wall because he is so misunderstood by most people. Yet, we can come to our group at the WJCS & speak candidly, knowing what we say will be accepted with respect by Bonnie & the other grandparents. It is a wonderful place for us to vent. We hope to learn as much as we can so we can be the best grandparents for our grandchild.
My only suggestion is that I feel that we have reached a plateau. After meeting for two years, we feel that perhaps speakers, from in-house or from the community would help us to better relate to our grandchildren & their families. Bonnie is planning to follow-up on this idea. With this in place, the WJCS would get a FIVE STAR rating.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

for 17 years i hd many problems related to mental health. i visited many different doctors and thearpist.Had about a dozen hospital visits(mental health). My problems ranged from cutting and burning myself to severe irrational thnking and everything in between. I was really at the end of my rope. Having Medicaid as my insurance provider my options were limited. I found WJCS by accident. I had drove pass it one day and saw the letters outside there building.I thought it was a radio station and wanted to find out what here format was. After looking them up in the net i realized it was a place for people like me. I was it as a sign and gave them a call. I was assigned to a young women named Mki Yoshida. I battle in the beginning. Not saying much during our sessions. But our relationship bloosmed. She was great in navagating my symtoms and thoughts.I have been with Miki just over a year. It has been six months since i have hurt myself. My borderline actions have be reduced greatly. At the south Yonkers office Miki has started a DBT skills class that i find as useful as AA to a alcoholic. Miki has guided me through a dark forest and shown me that there is light thru the trees. I'm not ther yet but i know one day i will be . I owe that to Miki and the other staff member @ WJCS Yonkers. I have also convinced my girlfriend to seek guidence @ WJCS,she goes to the one in Hartsdale, New York. It would be a great injustice if anything was to prevent WJCS from going foward with there mission. People with mental health issue are overlooked in a big way. And some of us cant help ourselfs,i knoiw i couldn't. So what ever can be done ti ensure that they stay open needs to be done, and i hope you can help. Thank You for your time,and Thank you Miki.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been participating as a table leader in this Seder for 18 years. It is a beautiful and wonderful experience. The team of volunteers lead by Gail is terrific and have become my close friends. I love seeing our work come together for this special population. This program is necessary as it fills the population with cultural joy. "Jewish spiritualism" is the theme of the room. All are so easily connected to being together to experience the Seder story, the food, the music, the tradition and the so much care and friendship. All three of my children have participated as waiters and now my oldest son enjoys sitting at the table with the population and feeling their joy at the Seder. It is truly a deep and wonderful connection for our family to our Jewish life. We all look forward to seeing our friends from all the different group homes year to year. I love seeing their faces light up showing recognition that we are all together again for our Passover Seder.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot commend WJCS's program "Women helping Women" highly eough. The workshops I attended on goal setting, resumes and elevator speeches were excellent. The workshop leader in each case was clearly an expert in his/her field, accomodating in his/her approach and respectful and kind to the participants. Each of the workshop leaders reached out and engaged with the participants. That is extremely important in tapping into the self esteem of the ladies many of whom have been looking for employment for months.
I came away, first of all, with more knowledge and skill than before and most of all with a renewed sense of hope in my abilities and in life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We work with WJCS in helping to manage their employee benefits program. It has been a privelage to work with such a dedicated staff who help so many people in the community. I have participated in many of their events and I've been impressed with how many programs they provide and all the people they serve. Recently, I attended a luncheon that WJCS had scheduled to thank the sponsors of their "back to school - clothes for kids" program. At that luncheon, we heard great stories from some of the people whose lives were changed by these WJCS programs. These stories brought tears to my eyes because you saw the impact these services have for people in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enought to be invited to observe the WJCS program for seniors which is held a few days each week at a local synagogue. It was a wonderful, active sight to see. I watched a Yiddush discussion while others were taking an exercise class. I heard a senior (a participant in the program) play the piano for his peers; he does on a regular basis. After the classes, the seniors moved into a dining area where the only hot-kosher lunch program in Westchester County exists. This program is organized and run by WJCS & it is a much-needed program for these elderly residents of Westchester County. I saw a woman whom I have met before participate in the Yiddush class with so much vibrancy (when I visited this person in her apartment, she couldn't even lift her head to speak to me). I can see how beneficial this progarm is to our community & I highly recommend WJCS.

In addition to the work WJCS does with the elderly, I am very impressed with the work WJCS does to help families with autism. This growing population of those diagnosed and their family members need all the support they can get. It is wonderful that WJCS has a place for these families to turn.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son stared going to WJCS for therapy and medication management after a hospitalization. We had tried various therapist before with no success. The therapist and psychiatrist are great. He starting going to the social groups which are also very good. I met a great group of parents while waiting for him outside the social group.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an executive level professional at a local communal agency, it has been a personal privelege to work in collaboration with WJCS in a number of initiatives. Most prominently, we have been involved in a multi-year project that focuses on social & emotional learning in the area's Jewish early childhood centers.

WJCS' reach extends to countless areas in its service area, reaching all ages and a gamut of needs.

We have found the staff at every level to be knowledgable professionals, who are passionate about their work. Our community is most fortunate to benefit from their extensive work.

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