My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Jewish Family Services, Columbus, OH, USA
There are thousands of organizations all across America that use some version of the word "commitment" to define themselves. Yet, there are only a few organizations that have mastered the skill to move "commitment" from words into demonstrated and authentic action. Jewish Family Services (JFS) is one of those scarce gems.
From April 2013 to June 2013, I had the opportunity to interact with several workforce development programs throughout the city--ones used by Fortune 500 companies for employment transition services as well as those funded by governmental agencies. In June 2013, I chose the guidance and strategies of the JFS's Success Program to execute my strategic job search. What was the result? By September 2013 I had landed a new job. So here's what sets JFS's Success Program apart from other workforce development programs across the city:
1. The team does their homework and shares their results with the client, so that you know that the strategies and information they are giving you is current, relevant, and proven. And their research is not boilerplate.
2. They are clear about what is needed for reemployment success and they repeat the message often to keep you focused.
3. They are not afraid to have crucial conversations that get a client unstuck from myths, outdated ways of thinking, or other self imposed barriers to landing a job.
4. They work organically as a team in real time and are change agents. They are constantly observing client responses, feedback and reactions and exploring among each other what it means and then quickly adjusting how they deliver their services. They are client-centric.
5. They have a wholistic and innovative approach. They have dissected and analyzed the common reasons that people do not land jobs and they provide tools that effectively prepare clients to overcome those hurdles. Their Gavel Club is one such tool--and if you want to be able to think on your feet in an interview, then that is the place to go.
6. They exercise complete thought and depth in each interaction with you. They are responsive. Therefore, you know that your success is important to them and that they want to be a part of making that happen.
So in summary, if you want to be more than a number, if you want to be coached by people where your reemployment matters the most, and if you want to put your full faith in a process and know that you will be okay, then you must experience JFS.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would continue the Gavel Club even though it may not have the highest attendance because it is effective. And for those that participate it has both short and long term value.
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