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Jewish Vocational Service of Metro West

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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Earlier this month, CVS Caremark Pharmacy provided Flu shots for 82 individuals through JVS’ onsite Wellness Works Program. CVS has been a part of JVS’ health program for the past six years providing preventive screenings for blood pressure and glucose at JVS’ annual health fair and flu shots every fall. My experience with JVS has been a very positive one. They take the time required to make the necessary accommodations to ensure even their most vulnerable clients receive the health services they need. Whether it’s an elderly woman in a wheelchair coming for a glucose screening or a young man attending English language classes receiving a flu shot , JVS’ dedicated staff is always available to provide the needed support. I highly recommend JVS’ Wellness Works Program as an exemplary model for worksite wellness programs targeting disadvantaged populations. CVS looks forward to an ongoing relationship with JVS providing health services to those with the greatest need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Working for the East Orange Health Department as a registered nurse, I have collaborated with JVS since 1990, providing preventative health services such as blood pressure and HIV testing and health education workshops . Knowing I am helping improve health outcomes for individuals with disabilities and language barriers gives me great satisfaction. The JVS health and wellness program is well organized and specifically targeted to the needs of these vulnerable clients. I have great admiration for the dedicated JVS staff who meet regularly with clients to discuss their health concerns and ensure they are getting the appropriate follow-up care. I professionally and personally value involvement in JVS programs to promote "Health and Wellness" and recommend that other local healthcare providers participate as well. Karen Johnson-LaRussa

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a physician in Essex County. I have extensive experience working with poor and marginalized persons in Chicago, NYC, and Cite Soleil, Haiti. I know firsthand the many challenges faced when undertaking what can be a most ominous task, and I have been duly impressed with the terrific work being done at JVS. Clients are treated respectfully and with kindness. They seem genuinely happy! By reaching out to those persons with disabilities as well as those who attend English as a Second Language classes, the agency provides on-site preventive services, health education and an annual health fair. I enjoy speaking with JVS clients and students during workshops when I share tips on living a healthy lifestyle, eating right and preventing heart disease. I am happy to support JVS in any way I can to ensure this program continues to flourish in the future.

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Rating: 5

Adam Kimowitz, DMD (Board Member)

JVS is doing great work providing preventive health services for its clients with disabilities and language barriers. My partner and I provided free oral screenings to nearly 100 individuals at JVS’ Annual Health Fair We also identified dental problems and encouraged clients to follow-up their dentist of choice. As a JVS board member, I was glad to be a part of the 2012 health fair and commend JVS staff in their efforts to organize this highly successful event. JVS had been touching the lives of individuals in need since 1939. I have been on the JVS board for several years. During those years, I have seen JVS expand their service offerings to include not only the Wellness Works Healthcare Initiative but also a Career Center for Individuals Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, two entrepreneurial ventures employing individuals with disabilities, new programs for immigrants and refugees from all over the globe, and much, much more. Regardless of the program, JVS’ highly trained staff is truly dedicated to their clients. I would definitely recommend JVS’ services to all those who could benefit.