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Federation Employment Guidance Service

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: F E G S has assisted more than three million people since its founding in 1934 As one of the largest and most diversified not-for-profit Health and Human Services Organizations in the United States, F E G S meets the needs of the Jewish and broader community through a diverse netw ork of high quality, cost efficient health and human services that help each person achieve greater independence at work, at home, at F E G S touches the lives of over 100,000 people

Geographic areas served: Greater New York Metropolitan Area

Programs: Workforce programs at fegs helped more than 80,000 individuals prepare for careers and employment through training, internships, job placement and retention services. The education & youth services programs helped more than 4,000 young adults graduate from high school or earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college and explore future careers.

behavioral health and family services programs provided services including counseling, personal recovery, case management, care coordination, forensic and residential services to more than 40,000 individuals. Fegs behavioral health programs address the problems of individuals with mental illness by providing individually tailored services which help them achieve more successful emotional, personal and social independence in the community.

the community employment and residential support division provides a range of services at varied levels of care for individuals with disabilities or special needs. Fegs provided more than 4,000 individuals with services including housing, job coaching, vocational assessment, job placement, day habilitation and community integration.

individuals with intellectual / developmental disablities and other special needs were helped to develop life and work skills to help them remain in the community, manage their personal lives more effectively and achieve greater independence.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an educator for over twenty years and at the present time work in the Central office of the Board of Education.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working at FEGS for more than 25 years. I've also worked at several other nonprofit organizations. FEGS is definitely an excellent example of a superior Health and Human Services Agency dedicated to helping those in need. It's diverse staff reflects the make-up of it's clientele. The multiple services from rehabilitation to thereapy to employment is very challenging to manage effectively. The management and staff are committed to doing their best to fulfill the mission of the agency.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I hold a MSc.Ed. degree and I have been an FEGS employee since October 2, 1979 and each year has been more exciting and special than than the previous one. I started by career at FEGS in the Business School as an instructor and Chair of the evaluation team. I worked with hundreds of consumers that the FEGS team prepared for competitive employment. I continued my work with refugees from the former Soviet Union by heading the Refugee Employment Project. Once again assisting thousands of newcomers to become citizens and productive members of their new society. I remained in the Employment Services Division as Program Director of countless employment initiatives. Once again in 2009 FEGS responds to the needs of consumers with comprehensive employment services for every population impacted by the serious and very severe downturn in the economy. FEGS continues to meet the needs of business and our society with a vision to imagine a better future. It has been my priviledge to be a partner in this mission for the past thirty years and hope to continue to do my part for FEGS and our society.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of this wonderful organization for the past fourteen years. This Agency is a people agency, who lives up to its mission statement; and it is the best in New York City. This Agency has peoples' wellbeing at heart and has shown it through the servises they offered. Personally, I cannot think of a better place to work,learn, and continue to grow as a professional and as a person.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The decision to move into Social Work, more a vocation, came after a 15+ year career in corporate marketing and public relations in Miami and New York. The corporate experience, although excellent, left me with the desire to give back - to be more involved, with ultimately a life of service being the primary motivation. A part of my professional/personal mission is to integrate the best of the corporate experience with a philosophy of service and a goal of creating an optimal environment where PEOPLE and SERVICE are the priorities. The FEGS Behavioral Health Division has helped to make that a reality. FEGS has provided the opportunity to integrate the best of the corporate model with a philosophy of service, keeping people a priority. FEGS successfully integrates the paradigm of care for the person with the practical realities of the modern world...these coalesce, creating a strong and vital organization poised to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to be employed by FEGS. I often tell people that I have grown-up in this agency. For the last 21 years I have worked in the Developmental Disabilities Division and I have been having a wonderful time. I began my work as a per-diem staff member in 1987, it is now 2009. I can not think of a better place to work, play, learn and continue to grow both as a professional and person. I am what we at FEGS refer to as a "Lifer". I am in it for the long haul.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have provided training to the FEGS education division and have always been impressed with the professionalism of their staff, the commitment to students, and the high quality of services provided in their programs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a private consultant (fee-for-service) and have provided social work services for many organizations in NYC, and after almost of five years of association with F.E.G.S., am still regularly impressed with the various services provided and the quality. When I meet with a client and wish that a program existed to assist with his/her particular needs, I inevitably learn that F.E.G.S. has such a program. For example, I have a client on Disability who would like to work, but is afraid of history repeating itself and losing everything if he becomes psychiatrically unstable again, and knows he cannot manage the stress of long hours and little flexibility. Two e-mails later he was off to an orientation for others with the same issue. Another client of mine mentioned that she wished we had some sort of health-related group at the clinic to minimize issues related to metabolic syndrome, exacerbated by some of the medications our Clinic clients are on. One meeting with my supervisor and we started a Wellness Group right here a few weeks later. It's wonderful to be associated with such a client-centered organization such as F.E.G.S.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been proud to be involved with FEGS and the wonderful work they do.Their Partners In Dignity Program has provided services to people at the end of life and the chronically ill.This program provides services in the home by doing counseling, bringing food from the FEGS pantry,and friendly volunteers. This is a unique program that has brought smiles to many home bound people struggling to survive.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked for FEGS for over 10 years and have worked for various capacities. I can truly say that this has truly been a most rewarding life experience. FEGS is committed to helping individuals attain self-sufficiency by assisting the hard-to-serve population with skills training and employment services. FEGS has afforded me the opportunity to extend its agency mission through the meaningful work that I and so many contribute day-to-day. The measure of its success is witnessed everyday when individuals report to work and are able to provide for their families. FEGS could benefit from engaging in more professional development trainings and strongly encouraging employees to obtain higher education.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with F.E.G.S. for the past 5 years and I can honestly express that our Mission Statement has demonstrated to be successful and continualy inspiring others to surpass all of lifes challenges.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for FEGS for a number of years. This organization is very client centered. It helps clients become self-reliant, obtain self-esteem, and obtain employment.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am one of the WeCARE workers involve in compiling data, and analysizing them for decision making in a monthly report for FEGS and HRA meetings. In fact, FEGS is a great organization during great things. Based on the data analyzes and reports I do every month, I can conclude with all audacity that FEGS is performing great work in the life of people in the five boroughs of New York City through the WeCARE Initiative program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is impressive to see the dramatic increase in outreach to the Bronx community thru the FEGS regional services. FEGS has far surpassed many other programs in the implementation of child and family clinic plus (mental health services in Bronx schools In addtion FEGS bronx region has implemented services in an adult home which created a true sense of community for the most chronically ill psychiatric patients. The day programs serve a home cooked lunch to over 250 mentally ill clients per day. It is an amazing group - making miracles happen every day .

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FEGS is a superior human services agency. When you attend its annual end of year holiday party, you see the close partnership between its professionals, support staff, and board leadership.This level of mutual support is tremendous.FEGS has a well deserved reputation for quality.The staff are attentive, diligent, and competent. The FEGS Executive Staff are first-rate:caring and competent.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over a long period of time, as a supplier of services to Federation Employment & Guidance Service, I have seen first hand the compassionate caring of the board, management, and staff of this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been employed by FEGS for over 20 years and have found this experience to be life changing. The people I work with and the population we serve are very dear to me. FEGS has always been a leader in the not for profit field with its diverse programming and dedicated professionals. It has been a pleasure to work for and with a highly skilled and talented staff. FEGS meets the needs of the underserved and serves them well.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Following an outstanding and pleasurable experience of working with Gail Magaliff, FEGS' CEO, on planning an international conference for professionals working in Jewish communal service, I have been kept informed by frequent updates from FEGS about the miriad of services and innovative programs it has developed and is offering to a diverse population. The impresive programs I have learned about are cutting edge and timely in responding to the needs of the growing number of people seeking its services. The amount of time, energy and committment that Gail Magaliff devoted to the to the planning process was commendable and demonstrated the importance FEGS and its professional staff place on professional development and cooperative collaboration with other organizations in the greater Jewish world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FEGS is an excellent agency to work for during this uncertain times. I distinctly remember last year when the recession hit the United States economy. FEGS held a staff conference in which all employee was mandatory to attend. FEGS informed all staffs that although it was a recession our jobs were secure. FEGS expressed that our job security was very important to them and we were all protected and will not be subjected to job losses as a result of recession.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an employee at FEGS for the past 3 years, and I'm very excited to say that it is one of the best companies to work for. Not only has it help me in my understanding of what it means to be of services to the less vulnerable but it has also proven my mission of helping individuals help themselves. While working for FEGS I have learned what it is to work in an organizations that cares about its employees and clients the same, showing them respect and allowing them to grow. Thank You FEGS.