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Westchester Jewish Community Services, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Health, Home Health Care, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: A wide range of affordable clinical and community-based mental health, counseling and support programs, autism supports, home health care services, learning programs and services for people with developmental disabilities assist those who live or work in Westchester County. Service is offered in homes, schools, clinic settings, and in the community. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of services, to being responsive to changing community needs, and maintaining fiscal and programmatic responsibililty. Specific programs, funded through UJA-Federation and private foundations, serve the Westchester Jewish community.

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 19,000

Geographic areas served: Westchester County, New York

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

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to the battery of workshops of Women Helping Women and gained wonderful contacts. I felt welcomed as never before in an organization where I started from nothing other than the networking through the Greenburgh Public Library. I felt informed on a personal leve, l which is impossible with services from paid advisors and such. It is a part of the community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have attended "Women Helping Women' workshops. I found them helpful and well put together. The speakers are knowledgable in their field and great role models. WJCS has answered a community need with professionalism and compassion. Keep up the good work!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

We had moved from another area to Westchester county. Our previous service provider recommended WJCS for the needs of our children. My children attended workshops and we attended workshops for autism related issues. These included behavior management workshops. They were conducted by caring staff and helpful to our needs. They provided support for children and adults with special needs, as well as caretakers which is very much in needed and can be difficult to find, espcially if you are not low income. They accepted our health insurance.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Connect to Care is a vital, warm and inspiring place for people looking to relocate professionally. The seminars are varied and on the highest level. The professionals there are first rate. The atmosphere of the Center is of camaraderie and support. Breaking the isolation of looking for work alone is a perq which is hard to overvalue. This program is great and serves many people who have served their community and now need assistance. May it continue to be funded. It is a lifeline!!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Connect to Care program located in Westchester has been a gold mine for me. Having been unemployed since June, the various workshops offered have been stimulating and often fun. Some force you to think in ways that have become difficult going through months of no income, no usual role to follow through on, as well as keeping up one's spirits. Connect to Care, its workshops and services are priceless.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending Connect to Care workshops for the past few weeks and have found them very helpful in educating me for my job search and the range of other support services very broad. I find the workshops very helpful, and they cover the whole range of topics of interest an necessity to the unemplyed. Their facility is comfortable, easy to access and the staff is warm and welcoming.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Connect to Care program is the equivalent of a commercial outplacement service only better. The perspective it delivers makes the client (me) rethink many key assumptions - which is extremely useful during a job search. You couldn't do it without them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was out of work and looking for a job. The seminars and guidance at Connect to Care in White Plains enabled me to relearn the skills and gain the confidence to search for a job. Without them, I do not beleive that I would have land my present job,

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Someone recently recommended I attend a networking function with the author Noah Alper as I am supposed to lose my job in 3 months. I met a lot of people who were either in a similar boat as myself, were already unemployed, or were looking to expand their business. I also enjoyed Mr. Alper's talk. Since then, I attended a Connect to Care workshop and I am scheduled to meet with a counselor to get financial advice. There are many other workshops I intend to join... resume writing, LinkedIn, perhaps even a Yoga class. All this is making me feel a little less frightened of what is coming my way in the job market. I am amazed and impressed by all this organization is doing in these difficult times!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has had a life altering, exceptional experience through WJCS. Over the years I have been involved as a volunteer with a seniors program at our synagogue and was working together with Shari Baum, MSW, of WJCS Partners in Caring. Shari was fantastic and ran (and still runs) a hugely successful group for adults in the hour prior to our programs. A little over five years ago, Shari approached me and told me about a new project that WJCS was creating. It was a Jewish cultural, kosher group home for special needs women. Shari was aware that our daughter might be a candidate for this type of home and she thoughtfully conveyed the necessary information. If it had not been for Shari and Partners in Caring I am not sure whether we would have heard about this from any other source. Thus began an almost five year journey that has culminated in a most beautiful, warm, special group home where our daughter and five other lovely women have come to reside and are in the process of adjusting to the future of living and sharing their lives together. The overwhelming expertise and positive continual guidance of Steve Yellen, and the depth of caring of the officers of the agency and of and each and every person who was involved with WJCS and Chai House was without a doubt awe inspiring and of the highest professional level. The myriad details that went into the preparation were huge and daunting but throughout it all, Steve's goals remained clearly in focus and the efforts put forth were unbelievable. It was not easy. As parents our hearts were heavy and my eyes were always overflowing. We were concerned about the unknowns and were feeling the pains of transition as, needless to say, was our daughter. Although we always thought of it as somewhere far off in the distant future, somehow, moving day arrived all too quickly this past March with a warm and caring welcome by the CRC and all staff. It was a moment in time of both dread and fulfillment. A moment that we knew would be fraught with mixed feelings - life altering, yet good - sad, yet in a way comforting. But amid the flood of emotions, we grasped onto the knowledge that through all of the pain, we were embarking on the absolute correct path for the future. The solid, foundational underpinnings of that path were provided to us by WJCS. As the years of our partnership have been passing we have come to recognize goals that this organization sets out to achieve. One that it proudly stands by is that it seeks to detect existing needs within the the community and takes action to provide solutions. Chai House is the beautiful solution to the needs of six women and their families. From the bottom of our hearts we thank WJCS as we look forward to sharing the years together with our daughter, her friends, their families, staff and everyone who worked so hard to bring Chai House "to life."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gail Oliver has an unsurpassed commitment to service to all persons with Developmental Disabilities. The programs Gail has developed not only serves our population but has strengthened the values of the general public. The festivities have garnered tremendous support from students and adult volunteers. My daughter Laurie has had the privilege of an activity that cannot be duplicated in any other way. Gail Oliver deserves this award most emphatically. Sincerely, Rita & Mort Ross

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Self-employed for 24 years, Connect-to-Care has guided me, step-by-step, thru the daunting tasks of helping to identify my skills, constructing a resume to be proud of, showing me how to network, providing me with networking opportunities, connecting me to Linked-in, providing spiritual support and stress management, and preparing me to jump into the job market - with momentum. The outstanding and varied workshops and one-on-one counseling services are the best gifts I have ever received.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended excellent job workshops at the Westchester Jewish Community Services office. They also provided me with telephone and computer workstations that are available for job seekers. The Linked In workshop had hands-on use of the computer with the help from the workshop coordinator. They are doing an excellent job for the job seeker and for the Jewish community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about The Westchester Jewish Community Services about a year and a half ago when my wife became ill. We called The WJCS and they sent a wonderful Social Worker to help us with our problems. She was an exceptionally knowledgeable, kind and caring person and guided us through many difficult situations. Unfortunately, my wife's condition worsened and she subsequently died. However, The WJCS did not give up on me. The Social Worker has continued to work with me and help give me a new start in life. She also directed me to an excellent bereavement group, run by the organization, which has helped me considerably to get through this terrible period in my life. During the time that I have been working with WJCS, I have learned of the many services that they offer to the public. I am so impressed with all of the good work that The WJCS does for so many people, that I have become a volunteer worker for them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the parent of a young adult in the Point Program.I am most happy to say that it has now been 1 year and my son is doing beautifully.The transition from teenager to young adulthood, from school to working and living on his own is being made with support and love from WJCS and the wonderful staff.They are always there to help on any level and are sensitive and caring.This organization has flourished over the years for good reason.May it always continue to do so,the need is greater than ever.This organization is a great gift to humanity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the services of WJCS. In the past year I have been the fortunate beneficiary of services of the Pathways to Caring Program. The outreach counselor was outstanding in her personal support of me and in her ability to connect me with other invaluable WJCS and community services. I benefited from help from the fabulous Holistic Nurse and the home care agency. In addition, I have been participating in two wonderfully inspiring classes offered by the Rabbi of the Jewish Healing Center. These classed have been both excellent learning opportunities but have also offered me the opportunity for spiritual growth that I had been seeking. I also participated in a Congregation based Jewish Meditation class.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate, indeed, to participate in the Group Spiritual Direction Program under the auspices of the Jewish Spiritual Healing Center at a time of personal distress (illness and family crises). Ambivalent about my religious practice, and uncertain about what to expect, I found solace in the spiritual community and healing environment that Rabbi Pamela Wax created. Through such activities as meditation, chanting, and discussion, Rabbi Wax fostered an atmosphere of acceptance, while providing thought-provoking opportunities for reflection. I remain grateful to Rabbi Wax and the group for their support and guidance in helping me create personal meaning at a difficult time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I utilized the Connect to Care Job Resource Center in Ryebrook NY. Anita Greenwald and her staff were wonderful. I am trying to start my own business, and I was able to meet with a representative from the Small Business Association - Geraldine Kavanah, who was wonderful. She provided specific information on who I needed to contact, and shared many of her ideas. This service was much better then I expected.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know what my family would do without WJCS! Both my daughter and I have been in counseling at WJCS. My daughter had some learning issues, and WJCS administered a full battery of tests. I also was in a group for recently divorced parents. Everyone that we dealt with at WJCS was highly skilled, and very helpful. This is a great organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Comments from: Lawrence Gralla 33 Rockledge Road Hartsdale, NY 10530 phone 914 472-2338 I have had severale favorable experiences with Westchester Jewish Community Services over the years. Two of them are the following. Some years ago, I was suffering from a clinical depression. A fiend suggested I see WJCS. I saw a person there, and she referred me to a specific treatment center and person at a facility in White Plains, NY. I got important help I needed, and was soon better. More recently, I became interested in a young man who had been dismissed, unfairly I thought, from his job with a large organization. I referred him to WJCS. WJCS looked into the case, accompanied him to court hearings, and got him reinstated. He is now successfully employed elsewhere. The reputation of WJCS here in Westchester County, NY, is well known and widely praised. Respectfully submitted, Lawrence Gralla