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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Jewish Family Services helps individuals and families facing lifes challenges.

Results: In FY 2012, 538 people obtained employment, 220 families in crisis are rebuilding their lives and 260 Holocaust Survivors are living in dignity.

Target demographics: anyone who walks through our doors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 546 people obtain employment, 377 older adults maintained their independence and ove 25,000 teen girls, moms, educators and mentors hear healthy relationship and empowering messages.

Geographic areas served: Central Ohio

Programs: Career and Workforce Development Programs to assist entry level through professionals to obtain and retain employment. Counseling, Case Management and Community Support to our local community and focusing on the emerging needs of teens, young professionals, refugees and older adults and their caregivers.

Community Stories

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express the Thanks that I would like to extend to the Jewish Family Services staff. The workshops and the talents that Justin Keaton demonstrated as a career counselor through resume writing and interview preparation was phenomenal. I would recommend/encourage any displaced professional to participate in the service offerings made available to displaced professionals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program is a hidden gem for anyone that was laid off and actively looking for a new career. Everyone at Jewish Family Services was extremely helpful. I was in the job market for about 8 months and they really did a great job keeping me motivated during the search. The workshops were extremely helpful and allowed me to fine tune my resume, job search and interviewing skills. I have worked with other agencies in the past and at the other agencies I felt like I was just a number. At Jewish Family services, everyone I worked with took the time to get to know me, my background and deliver personalized recommendations to help me with my search.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services is a real class act! The career services team was wonderful in helping me find a job.

I was having problems finding a job. I am older worker and I was stalled in my job search. It just didn’t seem like I would ever find a job. Then I contacted JFS and Mindy Agin became my employment counselor. Mindy and her colleagues were motivational. I participated in several interview, networking and resume workshops that taught me 21st century job search techniques. Mindy helped me fine tune my resume, coached me on interviewing and sent me many job announcements.

The result has been that I have found a dream job that pays more than I ever thought would happen.

I have a few bits of advise for JFS clients – listen to the interview and resume advise and take advantage of the workshop offerings. I wager a bet that you will find a job if you stay with the JFS program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and do not judge you at all. The workshops are valuable but the personal suggestions and networking advice are really how I was able to succeed. Also, it is really nice to be able to "bond" and motivate others in the same position.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After attending the workshops at Jewish Family Services, I have become a strong advocate of this organization. To those who are job searching, I would advise you to go straight to JFS and not waste your time trying to find a job without utilizing the expertise of their staff. They are fantastic in every way. They are intelligent, highly trained professionals who are dedicated and committed to JFS and their clients. I was fortunate to find a job quickly after registering with JFS and contribute that largely on the "Ace the Interview" workshop conducted by Mindy Agin, as well the one-on-one time she spent with me to further emphasize some of the important points in her workshop. She was always encouraging and truly interested in my personal goals. The "Resume Writing" workshop with Karen Hughes is extremely important. She can certainly put a person on the right track. The much improved resume and the confidence I gained after attending the workshops made the difference in finding a job. I am so enthusiastic about my experience there and tell everyone who will listen to go to JFS first!

Maria67

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Jewish and Family Services seeking for help on finding a job after I was for 4 years stay home mom. I found the support and help I was looking for and a great team of people that were willing to really help me to gain my goal. Not just I found the support I needed at the time but as well they were opened to listen at what was going on in my life and research information to help me out in this aspect of my life too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Nasro, I came to Jewish Family Services in 2004. They help me countless times with my job search and transportation. My experience is this country was forever changed by the work that is done for me at this place. I am very thankful for Tariq who has been my biggest advocate to help me become self sufficent. This is a wonderful place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

At a time where EVERYTHING was going under in our lives, ( my son and I live together ), JFS and my social worker helped immensely with every detail and aspect in my life. From the point of view from my emotional and psychological aspect to helping with the financial status going on. They also helped my son with workshops on getting a job!!! Some may say it was myself that did it all, but, I guarantee, I could not have moved along as far and as quickly if not for the help of this WONDERFUL and VALUABLE organization!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the programs at Jewish Family Services. I utilized every workshop available through the SUCCESS Program, and found each and every one to be extremely beneficial during my job search. Mindy Agin, my Career Counselor, coached me before each of my interviews, so I was fully prepared to answer any and all questions asked of me. For one interview, I was seated on a panel with other candidates who were all vying for the same position as I was. It was obvious the other candidates were not prepared -- I stood out as someone who could easily respond to whatever question came my way. I have also utilized the counseling services at JFS and have found those services to be very helpful in getting me through a difficult time. I have, and continue to, recommended JFS.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mother of 3. JFS has helped me with counceling thougth my divorce, helped me keep food on the table because I do not make enough to support the kids, they have given me gifts to make the Holiday a special time in my home when I could not afford to get things for myself or my kids.They are helping me with my household budget and they are wonderful to have on my side. When I could not afford a hair cut for myself, they told me where to go for help, and they took care of that too. They are the angels on my shoulders. They give me dignity when I feel like a failure. I can not thank them enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After having lost 2 jobs in a row due to business closures, I found myself having difficulty finding anything that seemed to fit. I had been working for years in the building industry as a ceramic/stone tile design specialist, utilizing tile in kitchens, baths, pools, patios, etc. The market for that kind of expertise in Columbus was pretty much limited to tile sales at the time. Few builders would hire someone whose specialty was so limited. I was discouraged, to say the least. When I joined the Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program, I didn't really expect much. I had already tried a number of other programs without much success. I learned real quickly that this program far surpassed the others. The staff immediately helped me recognize how my skill sets could be applied to other industries. I learned from Karen how to write a winning resume, from Mindy the best interview techniques, and from the classes how to organize my job search and network. As a result, I got the job of my dreams! But the very best part of the whole experience was the positive, supportive, and caring attitudes of the staff. I am very grateful for the resources at Jewish Family Services. I highly recommend this agency - JFS rocks!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services provides an excellent set of resources for a diverse group of people and truly fulfills their motto of changing lives. Personally, Jewish Family Services aided me in my job search, with support, guidance, networking opportunities, workshops, and individualized attention that helped me secure the job I have today. I am very thankful for the assistance I received and never hesitate to recommend their services.

Jennifer155

Client Served

Rating: 5

JFS is an amazing resource! April has really helped me refine my goals and target my job opportunities. I highly recommend their workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and Linkedin. Two thumbs up!

Kia B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a SUCCESS participant I owe so many thanks to Karen Hughes and Lynn Aspey in helping me land my current position. After a nine month lay-off and what can only be described as a defeated attitude about my potential job prospects their support not only gave me the encouragment and guidance I needed but the confidence to pursue a position I truly desired. I cannot say enough about how their professionalism, constant communication and hard work in helping me land a new position has changed my life and impacted my family. I am eternally grateful for them and the Jewish Family Services Team for all of their support. Jewish Family Services is a valuable asset to our community and changes the lives of the clients they serve every day!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Jewish Family Services in June 2012 through their Success program. It was an incredible life change for me. I had been unemployed for nearly 4 months and job searching for more than 6 months and was losing hope and motivation that I would find a job. Through the Success program I worked with an incredible Career Consultant who gave me support and encouragement. She helped me re-write my resume and create three separates ones designed at different jobs I was targeting. The workshops were wonderful and the highlight of my week was the meetings for the Success program clients. It was nice to get out, interact with others in the same situation and offer each other support, encouragement, and networking. I have recommended the services that Jewish Family Services offered to several friends who are also unemployed, new to the area and job searching, or looking for a career change. I credit the Success program with helping me get back to work - the job I finally landed I had applied to three separate times and the third time was with my new resume and I walked into my interview armed with new tips, tricks, and hints to make me stand out and be successful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to all at JFS for giving me the skills to get re-employed! After many months looking for a new job, the knowledgeable staff at Jewish Family Services helped me to refine the search, rework my resume, and kick-start the networking I needed to get a contract job in Distributon and then a new career in Pharmaceuticals. I highly recommend them as a COWIC agency and a great group of experts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I dropped out of the workforce for two years for personal reasons, and when I began looking for employment again, Jewish Family Services and its workshops were absolutely invaluable to me! EVERY workshop or class I attended was insightful, well-run, and even enjoyable! I KNOW that I definitely improved my interview skills immeasurably, and I am confident that the reason I found the right job and nailed it (eventually) was because I had "prepped" so much with Jewish Family Services' help! I cannot recommend this organization highly enough! Nancy J. Golden

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services were a tremendous help while I was looking for a new job, the workshops I attended were so valuable and empowering! I had been working in the arts & non-profits for 10 years, and after being laid-off, I attended a few workshops at JFS and found the information and attention to detail by the instructors invaluable. The instructors were so professional and they were on top of current trends. I came away with some very helpful tools to frame my approach in presenting myself on paper in my resume and cover letters and in my interviews and networking opportunities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can attest that JFS truly makes a difference in people's lives because it has made a significant difference in mine and my family’s. Two years ago we experienced serious difficulties that had us suddenly struggling. A friend suggested that we contact JFS. The staff at JFS were caring and supportive. They jumped in and gave us the practical help we desperately needed to get through our most immediate problems. They also connected us with the resources to help us in the long term. This was all done with the utmost kindness and sensitivity. All of the staff have been wonderful but I can’t say enough good things about Lisa Carroll. She is an extremely positive person who problem-solved and stood by us. Today we are in a much better place than we were two years ago and JFS is a big reason why.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services (JFS) in Columbus, Ohio helped me out during one of the hardest time of my life. I had lost the only job I had held as an adult. I had worked for the same company for 25 years and had rarely had to interview for positions within the company as I moved around by reputation. I am one of those people who identity IS their job. During my 16 months of unemployment the time I spent in the Success program was where I gained my confidence back and learned that there were many others in the same situation I was in. Well respected professionals that had lost positions through no fault on their part, but a matter of economics. The 'Why' often doesn't matter when you are in that position. The members of the Success team and every employee I met at JFS offered patience, caring, understanding and when it was needed in my case some gentle prodding. They helped to find job leads. They helped make my resume even more professional and tailor it to the business I was applying to. They offered me a chance to do several mock interviews because my skills in that area were lacking. They provided encouragement and feedback along the way. Even now after I have been employed for over 2 years I still hear from the person who offered me my main guidance. I would especially like to thank Lora Fish for all of her help in the program! This program is amazing and I truly appreciate the opportunities.