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Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Education, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) helps people of all ages and backgrounds overcome emotional, physical, social, and cognitive challenges so they can lead their best lives. Founded in 1943, it has grown to be the largest provider of licensed outpatient community mental health services and one of the largest human service agencies in Westchester county. We provide state-of-the-art programs and services and compassionate care to more than 20,000 people of all ages and backgrounds throughout Westchester. Our highly trained staff provide evidence-based mental health and trauma treatment to adults and children in individual and group settings, 24/7 care to disabled adults living in our thirteen group homes, supportive programming for LGBTQ+ youth, geriatric care and resources to seniors so they can age safely in the comfort of their homes, early childhood development enrichment education for young children and their parents, advocacy, supportive services, and social activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and cultural, educational, counseling, and spiritual programming for the Jewish community.

Results: WJCS serves 20,000 Westchester residents each year and has 88+ programs including those focusing on mental health, trauma, autism and other disabilities, Alzheimer's, early literacy, LGBTQ+, geriatric care, caregiver assistance, and Jewish cultural, educational, and spiritual programming. WJCS is the largest provider of outpatient community-based mental health services in Westchester County, launched the first and still the only center for LGBTQ+ youth in Westchester. is at the forefront of treating trauma, has 13 group homes for disabled adults, has 200+ active volunteers, and provides educational workshops and community trainings that include Mental Health First Aid, vicarious trauma trainings, LGBTQ trainings, and much more.

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 20,000 individuals in Westchester County

Geographic areas served: Westchester County, New York

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

Community Stories

183 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The members of Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester partner with WJCS for both their annual Back to School Drive & Holiday Toy Drive. Our congregant's collect school supplies & toys as well as donate gift cards so that the clients served by WJCS can start the school year off right & are able to have some holiday gifts. WJCS is a wonderful organization & their staff is a pleasure to work with as we collect items for these important drives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work closely with WJCS to partner on family volunteer opportunities in Westchester. We have had such a great relationship with WJCS-they are professional, responsible and caring. I know that it is an agency that cares about each client's needs!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the short time I have been working with them, WJCS has proven to be an amazing partner. The work that they do for families, children and students in need is indescribable and so impactful. They know where the needs are and what needs to be accomplished to fill those needs. They are always available to arrange a site visit for other professionals as well as volunteers so that people can really get a sense of the work that goes on. Even throughout the ups and downs of Covid, nothing stopped WCJS from providing services and items to those who take part in their various programs. I feel so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing organization and all of the people involved!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with WJCS for almost five years and I love it so much! I have always wanted to go even further than volunteering- which are amazing experiences that WJCS allows me to do- but the team at WJCS has let me extend my work even farther by allowing me to brainstorm and help out with my own ideas. WJCS makes me feel great about myself as I know am I making a big difference as they allow me to work with kids that appreciate me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been providing care-calls for an individual within the Westchester Jewish Community Services for over a year now. The WJCS staff has been extremely communicative, welcoming, and accommodating towards me throughout my journey in connecting with my care-call buddy. A goal of ours throughout our care calls is to assist the individual in his aspiration of learning sign language and receiving a certification. I was new to sign-language and the WCJS community has made the process easy by providing me with ample resources and support to maximize both the experience of everyone involved. I hope to be involved as a volunteer in WCJS for years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Compeer program for over 10 years now. It has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences. It is wonderful program to make a significant difference in the life another person. I highly recommend it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a really good experience thus far. My supervisor has been extremely helpful throughout!

Rachel A.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has had an extraordinarily positive experience with WJCS. Jill, one of the social workers, has played a huge role in offering our 90-year-old dad great support as he navigates being the primary caregiver for his wife who unfortunately suffers from dementia. She has helped him both come to grips with the reality of how vastly his life has changed in the past couple years, and encouraged him to still strive for small moments of joy in the midst of all that is happening. He has learned about being in the moment, and the practice of self-care. My siblings and I are deeply grateful for the services provided by WJCS. They could not have a better social worker than Jill!

Jen L.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WJCS is an incredible organization that cares deeply about its clients and volunteers. It has been an amazing experience to be a part of their Compeer volunteer program. I can say from personal experience on behalf of myself and my Compeer friend, that the services WJCS provides truly impact many lives in positive ways.

Becky M.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering at WJCS as a compeer has been nothing short of fulfilling. WJCS provides great social resources to those who have struggled with mental health. Especially during the pandemic, people experienced feelings of isolation and loneliness to varying degrees. Throughout this period, WJCS continued and still continues to provide support to those in need of a friend and simply someone to talk to. Coming from first-hand experience, I can confidently say that WJCS has made a positive difference to those who seek support and to those who volunteer here as well.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The services of WJCS have a breadth and depth that is exceptional. From infants and toddlers to seniors, our agency covers all age groups, LGBTQ, emotionally handicapped, holocaust survivors and more - over 20,000 people. I began my involvement in one of the over 80 programs, now known as Parent Child +. I worked as an early learning specialist for many years helping under resourced parents and toddlers with the goal of better preparing the children for success in school. I saw firsthand the impact we had on these children's lives, by helping Moms interact with them in evidence-based effective behavior. When I joined the board 5 years ago, knowing only that program, I marveled at the multitude of services that to this day, I probably don't know in its entirety. There's just so much we do. Personally, I sought out WJCS therapists, when my mother, a holocaust survivor, was near the end of her life and I needed expert support. The staff I've grown to know are all kind, capable and hard working people. Watching them put their hearts and souls into getting our clients through the pandemic was inspiring. It filled me with hope at a dark time for too many of us. The board is also comprised of smart, committed and caring individuals. I'm honored and proud to be associated with WJCS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering here was a great experience! All the staff members at WJCS are so welcoming and helpful, it is clear that they are very passionate about what they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a mentor in their digital equity program, and they do so much to help the community and help children learn while supporting their volunteers through such a difficult time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the awesome opportunity to speak to the youth on a panel twice. It was such a rewarding experience that helped me and the kids that were there. I wish this type of place was available to me when I was younger.

James Macaulay M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was on a panel for this non profit once and the folks who run this organization are so incredibly passionate and devoted. Above all else, they truly care about the folks they serve in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful to be able to be a part of this wonderful project, I just wish this were available when I was growing up! The staff are the sweetest people and they adapted so well with the online transition.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit offered mentor ship opportunities that connected me with trans youth. I was able to support & help facilitate stable housing, gender-affirmative care, and foster community with trans and non-binary youth. WJCS offers what I wish I would’ve had as a young person struggling with their gender identity. I recommend this organization to every family with a trans person in their lives

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been proudly associated with Westchester Jewish Community Services for over 30 years as a Volunteer and a Board Member.
I was initially drawn to WJCS as I learned about the caring, responsible professionalism with which they provide social services to over 20,000 people throughout Westchester County through expert and caring staff. Despite its size, WJCS is flexible and professional in growing and adapting to meet emerging challenges. It is highly respected by legislators, hospitals and corporations who seek to partner with WJCS. WJCS services include mental health counseling and trauma treatment to over 2500 individuals; geriatric services supporting elderly Westchester residents to age safely in their homes; the WJCS Mary J Blige Center in Yonkers with supportive after-school programming and parenting skills for adults; safe spaces and support and even a gay prom for LGBTQ youth provided by WJCS Center Lane; and, a highlight for me, thirteen group homes in leafy neighborhoods around the county where 95 developmentally disabled adults live as independently as possible in family settings with the help of dedicated staff. In this time of Covid, staff and management of WJCS have not missed a beat in providing all services in the safest of ways so that every client receives the support they need. I am indeed proud to be a volunteer and supporter of WJCS.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and a volunteer for WJCS, 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. Here are just a few examples of its wide reach: the multiple group homes that WJCS has created and currently maintains for developmentally-challenged adults to live together as independently as possible; the award-winning counseling programs in high schools that support young pregnant and parenting girls allowing them to stay in school till graduation and thereby minimizing the drop-out rate; the safe places that have been created for teens who are searching for their identity or have crises in their home life; the group counseling sessions held by conference call for homebound and often isolated adults affording them some social interaction; and the highly successful partnerships with other organizations like The Joe Torre Fund and the Mary J. Blige foundation to provide services in specific communities.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, I have long admired the excellence and breadth of services provided by WJCS and staff to the most vulnerable in Westchester. But admiration has turned to awe during the COVID pandemic, as I've watched the agency transform itself to offer telehealth services, deliver food and basic necessities to needy families, and keep 13 group homes safe and fully staffed 24/7. The agency has also expanded its services to offer career counseling for the unemployed as well as an array of support services for the community. The dedication of the staff has been truly gratifying/

Client Served

Rating: 5




We are so glad to have this opportunity to write about the Employment Training and Engagement Program that our daughter is participating in through Community Programs of WJCS. She is learning, growing and experiencing so much and we truly feel that it is pivotal in her life at this time.

Our daughter is so happy to be a part of the program. She loved her community volunteering and her volunteer internships so much and each one was both meaningful and a growth opportunity for her. Candace, who has gotten to know her so well and is phenomenal at everything she does, matched her with placements that resonated and that she was so enthusiastic about. She is so glad to be in the Job Readiness/Supported Employment Skills Training Program, as she is looking forward to starting her employment opportunity. She is also looking forward to gaining personal fulfillment and her place in the community. Every week she looks forward to learning individually as well as together with her great friends in her employment group, as they support each other so beautifully to achieve each of their goals.

Our daughter also looks forward to her WJCS Care Call Buddy Zoom calls, all of the fun of the WJCS Garden Club and the WJCS Best Buddies group! She loved receiving vegetables from the garden and helping to prepare and cook them for dinner! Candace and Renee are extraordinary people and have boundless patience, understanding and the most incredible abilities that make all of this happen. We appreciate all of the work, effort, caring, dedication, professionalism and expertise that go into making it the exceptional program that it is. When Covid-19 became our reality, we were beyond amazed at how quickly they created and initiated an incredible array of virtual classes and activities on Zoom! It has been remarkable and our daughter has benefited so much from the continuity and by being able to see and interact with her friends online during this time.

We can't say enough about the employment skills training and volunteer opportunities our daughter gets to experience in Community Programs of WJCS. It means so much to our daughter and to us. We are thankful and so greatly appreciative for all that is available to our daughter and others supported by the program.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about the incredible story of what WJCS does by employing two young people who are on the spectrum of Autism. The programs that they provide not only meet the needs of their clients but brought an understanding and a greater humanity to my entire company. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board and help others who are in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am incredibly proud to serve on the board of this extraordinary organization. They serve every generation, from the youngest to our senior citizens. They provide superb mental health services, and serve special populations--LGBTQ teens and their parents, autistic teens and their parents, single teenage parents, Holocaust survivors and their children, and so much more. What impressed me most when I first learned about WJCS was the creativity of the staff. This was evidenced most recently when the Pandemic hit and they adapted in record time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for abour 20 years and am a former boar President. I continue to be amzed by the breadth of services WJCS provides to so many people in dire need througout the county. More important, I am amazed at the culture of excellence that permeates the agency in everything they do, as well as the constant focus on the needs of the client. I have been associated with several non profit organizations over the years, and in my opinion, there is no organization that is a good at what it does as WJCS

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son has slight learning disabilities. i knew school would help him till he was 22 but like a lot of other parents i didnt know what would happen to him after that. That is when the POINT program run by wjcs stepped in-a godsend. it is a program where these kids can live independently with help from program specialists from wjcs for such things as budgeting, learning to live on their own, and most important social relationships that he will keep forever. they also have specialists who find them working opportunities and internships. my son has been in the program for over 10 years, got married , has a full time job for over 10 years and has a lot of friends that will last forever. the program is run with great compassion. they have monthly calendars that keeps them busy all day. its just a wonderful program and a life saver

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with WJCS's Center Lane, a program for LGBTQ+ youth and families, for several years, and have been privileged to see the profound impacts the program has made on their clients. I've heard a kid say he had the best night of his life at Center Lane prom, and a parent call the TransParentcy support group a "literal lifesaver" for their child. Guided by the knowledgeable, caring, and dedicated staff, I've seen initially timid young people take on new leadership roles and engage in transformative dialogue around controversial issues. It's been an absolute pleasure to be a part of an organization that is so needed, and so impactful!

Amanda J G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The one-stop shop for social services in Westchester, WJCS is our community safety net for those who need it most. I've worked with numerous programs of theirs over the years and their staff is such a pleasure to work with, always going beyond the call of duty and exploring every avenue to support those in need. We are so fortunate to have this organization as a resource in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

From: Steven Cohn -- White Plains, N.Y.

I have volunteered for Westchester Jewish Community Services since September 2018, and the association has been mutually beneficial. My most significant assignment through WJCS was compiling a historical timeline for the White Plains, N.Y., YMCA. The purpose was to chronicle an organization about to make a major change, as its 90-year-old facility on 250 Mamaroneck Avenue was being sold to a realtor.
In late-2018 and early-2019, I went through boxes of archives at the White Plains Y, as none of the data had been digitized. Through newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs and material from the national YMCA, I uncovered the successes and challenges, along with the mostly beneficial impact on the community.
But not totally beneficial, because during the 1950s there was a separate White Plains Y on Fisher Avenue that served the African-American community. The Fisher Avenue Y was "unequal" because it did not have a swimming pool, and members could only use the pool at the Mamaroneck Avenue Y at specified times when presumably the white members were not using it. That "segregation" would end in 1961.
Although much of my volunteer work at WJCS is currently on hold because of the impact from COVID-19 (I do write periodically for the White Plains Library), I have enjoyed the get-togethers with Jodi Maxner and the other participants in the program.
My volunteering for WJCS has been a learning experience that I cherish. So, too, has been the camaraderie.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up as a volunteer when the Covid crisis began and was introduced to my care buddy (via Zoom, as with everything these days). I really enjoy our weekly conversations. My buddy is a very kind and caring person - I admire him.
Candace and Renee do a great job organizing our calls and I can tell how much my care buddy appreciates all that they do for him. It has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to continuing it well beyond the end of this Covid mess.
I highly recommend the program to anyone looking to get more involved in their community. The time commitment is small, but the experience is meaningful!

KarenB

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Directors at WJCS for about 12 years. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as the Chair of the Children, Youth and Families committee. We observe first-hand the amazing programs that are offered to children and youth, ranging in ages from infants thru college, who most often are part of low-income families with multiple needs. The services provided have always been exceptional, but they are even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic. Westchester county is so fortunate to have a gem like WJCS!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been offered opportunities to develop new skills and enjoy herself. She joins online group discussions where she learns life and job skills, speaks with her volunteer call buddy regularly and plays Bingo weekly. Her volunteer work in a laundromat has allowed her to learn work appropriate behavior and meet people in the community, in addition to having fun, as she has always loved to do her laundry. She has received a gift of some vegetables harvested by the Garden Club.

Westchester Jewish Community Services has creatively developed individualized programs
to help my daughter move forward with greater self-confidence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently participate in the Care Call Buddy program and I love it. I started it while in quarantine and I really connected to my buddy. Seeing them is always the hilight of my week and im always joyful when talking to them! The program has really been a blessing from God, especially during these challenging times.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Getting involved this year with the WJCS volunteer gardening project has been a very positive experience. During the spring and summer months when so much was in shutdown mode, the Community Engagement Program spearheaded by Candace and Renee was in full gear. Due to the pandemic the residents of the group houses could not take part in the gardening nor even visit until just recently. However Candace and her department kept the residents engaged by organizing weekly zoom meetings and deliveries of the vegetables. I’ve been very impressed by all of her efforts and happy to have taken part in them. Being outdoors – planting, weeding, watering and eventually harvesting – is so beneficial both physically and mentally. But most rewarding of all has been meeting some of the residents while making deliveries to the various houses and seeing how very appreciative they are. Much continued success, Anthony

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family had a wonderful volunteering experience during these long Covid months. I participated in Buddy Care Calls via Zoom and my husband (with occasional help from our son) helped out in the beautiful vegetable garden. It has been very interesting to see some of the fantastic care that WJCS provides for their residents, and it's been rewarding to help out in a small way.

As a health care administrator for many years, I was most impressed with both Candace Munroe and Renee Clarke's professionalism. Their dedication, patience with residents and persistence to meet their goals is admirable, they are certainly assets to the organization. Our community is very fortunate to have WJCS's services and such dedicated employees. Thank you for this opportunity to volunteer and we look forward to assisting again in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was 2010 or 2011, my brother had stage 4 intestinal/colon cancer and pass away in 2008, and 2 years later, my dad passed away from heart issues. He never had a heart issue prior to my brother's health issues. I needed help in speaking about it. Every time, I spoke I would cry. My synagogue told me to contact WJCS. I met a lovely woman who explained the grieving process and how to say certain words or phrases of both of them would control my pain. She explained about maintaining memory keepsakes all around me. We shouldn't put their pictures in drawers because they're gone. They have been in my life at every special moment of my life -- my wedding, the birth of both my children, and our house.

I think of them often, and there are moments that remind me of them - a joke, a scene.
It's all good.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WJCS is a truly amazing agency helping all kinds of people in need from birth to the aged. I have been a board member for 5 years and in these years I have learned so much and been so proud to be a part of WJCS. I have loved working with elementary school kids by reading to them and doing our amazing art program with them.
The staff are all amazing, caring and professional.
WJCS has changed my life.
Thank you

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started working with WJCS over 10 years ago, first as a pro bono consultant and then as a board member. Throughout my time working with WJCS I have been so impressed with the incredible commitment of the staff to their clients and the quality of the services they offer. Every year there are additional programs added to the WJCS suite of services to address the growing and changing needs of the Westchester community and its residents. From babies and their parents looking for enrichment to victims of trauma to young adults on the autism spectrum to aging clients dealing with Alzheimers, WJCS and its staff have programs, staff, and resources dedicated to making sure that we can improve the lives of our neighbors. Please join me in supporting WJCS and all of its life saving work in Westchester and beyond.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The value of the services of Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) to the entire Westchester community is without measure. From Yonkers in the south to the Northern reaches of the county, from every community, from every racial group, from every age group, from every religious group, from every crisis - home, school, community - WJCS is, and has been, the leading force in social services to every aspect of our community life. With compassion, caring and, above all, the highest of professionalism, WJCS aims to better the lives of the people of Westchester. WJCS's goal is to bring healing, compassion, hope and wellbeing to the people of Westchester in every facet of their lives and thus brings invaluable services to our Westchester community.

Suzanne Y.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed by the dedication of the WJCS staff to our clients. Providing quality service, no matter the circumstances, has always been an agency rallying cry, but seeing how this has been put into practice during COVID is truly inspirational. #WJCS PROUD!

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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.

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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

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