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Jewish Vocational Service of Metro West

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Job Training, Vocational & Technical Schools, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Founded in 1939, Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS) is a nonprofit community-based vocational rehabilitation, training, health and human services agency serving New Jersey residents and businesses on a nonsectarian basis. The agency provides a broad range of services for individuals from age 14 to 100+ throughout the State. Services include career counseling; life-work planning; aptitude and psychological testing; educational planning; vocational evaluation; customized skills training; émigré resettlement and citizenship education; English as a Second Language and adult basic education; eldercare services; vocational rehabilitation; case management; job placement; and customized, on-site training for employees at the workplace. The mission of JVS is to use its special knowledge and skills to help members of the community maximize their abilities and potential and become economically self-reliant, productive citizens. JVS' highest priorities are the individuals who need its help the most: people with disabilities; people who require new skills to obtain or maintain employment; individuals transitioning from welfare to work; unemployed family wage earners; dislocated, downsized employees; newly arrived immigrants or refugees; mature adults; frail elderly individuals; and the next working generation.

Results: JVS regularly adapts its service offerings to meet critical client needs. The following programs have been added in the last few years. Wellness Works provides onsite access to health services and health education, thereby improving health outcomes and productivity for at-risk clients with disabilities and students attending JVS’ ESL and vocational skills classes. A document scanning and imaging bureau and onsite café provide training and employment for JVS’ clients. The Career Center assists teens and adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to learn the skills they need to obtain employment and gain independence.


Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through this class I am learning more about Microsoft Products and how they work. At JVS I am learning the new features of Powerpoint. I am now able to use the various commands and features to create brochures, fliers, speeches and presentations. This will benefit me as a Support Group Leader. It will also give me an edge over others in the job hunt as move to another role in the Real Estate field. My JVS computer teacher is great. In addditon, my job counselor helps me develop my resume, prepare for interviews and provides individualized career counseling and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student at JVS. I want to thank you for the information I got about how not to get the Flu. This is very important for my family's health. Everyone at JVS helps me a lot. I tell my friends about how I like JVS because I want them to come here. Thanks again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student of ESL Class at JVS. Besides learning English, I have an opportunity to have my health control. The "Wellness Works" program helped me to get some screenings like mammogram and flu shot. I also attended health-related seminars ( Flu, AIDS). I don't have any medical insurances and it was a big help to me. I also want to say many thanks to the program coordinator Ella for helping all of us. It is very important to take care of my health.


Client Served

Rating: 5

These people really care - especially about the older or displaced worker. They are thorough, creative, and make a real difference. They have established a solid presence in the community, reaching out to chambers of commerce, libraries, etc. & have made themselves the "go-to" group for Jews & non-Jews alike.