Just some of the communities to whom we provide assistance include:

  • Adults with physical, emotional, developmental, and social disabilities, including adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Job-seekers who are unemployed, under-employed, or looking to make a career transition, including Adults 50+, recent college graduates, and graduate students
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Military veterans
  • People who want to obtain a high school equivalency diploma
  • Underserved communities

The JVS mission is founded on the Jewish teaching that helping people help themselves is the highest form of tzedakah, or social justice. Moreover, our vision of creating a world where everyone is empowered to fulfill their own potential, regardless of the challenges they face, compels us to reach out to “the others” among us—those whom society often ignores.

Yesterday our day ended with JVS CEO, Michael Andreas, closing out our Strateic Planning Retreat with some heartfelt comments about the bright future to come for JVS. “The thoughtful and hard work we are doing now between board and staff will map the path to what’s next”.
Members of JVS board and staff gathered at a Strategic Planning Retreat today.  JVS embarked on the Strategic Planning Process in April and today marks the midpoint. The team has done extensive research to be shared with the group to facilitate the next steps in visioning the future of JVS.
[IN THE NEWS] JVS of MetroWest awarded $25,000 grant from Bank of America 

The grant will support the JVS Center for Economic Opportunity’s ongoing job skills programs, enhance existing courses, and formalize relationships with new employer partners, while improving economic mobility in Essex County.

As part of Bank of America’s philanthropic giving efforts in local communities, grant awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing the needs of the community, including housing, neighborhood revitalization, and small business resiliency.

Alberto Garofalo, President of Bank of America New Jersey, stated, “Collaborating with JVS of MetroWest to address critical workforce development and training initiatives for Essex County residents exemplifies our commitment to driving positive change in New Jersey.” 

Upon receiving the grant, JVS CEO, Michael Andreas, said, “It is thanks to the steadfast support of organizations like @bankofamerica that we are able to grow the impact of the Center for Economic Opportunity. We appreciate Bank of America’s generous support and continued investment in our dedication to achieving greater economic mobility in Essex County for all residents.”

Through its four departments — Center for Economic Opportunity, Education and Literacy, Career Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation) — JVS serves over 4,000 people each year, the majority of whom have low to moderate incomes, are immigrants or refugees, and/or have disabilities.

Read the full story at: https://njjewishnews.timesofisrael.com/jvs-of-metrowest-receives-bank-of-america-grant

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[IN THE NEWS] JVS of MetroWest is one of 19 nonprofits to receive grant funding from The Montclair Foundation

The Montclair Foundation has recently awarded a total of $62,000 in grant funding to 19 diverse nonprofits, dedicated to making a positive difference in the Montclair community and its environs.

JVS is proud to be one of their Spring Grant 2024 recipients under the “Seniors & Vulnerable Populations” category, awarded to organizations helping older adults and persons with special abilities achieve and maintain a high quality of life.

As providers of essential vocational programs for people with disabilities, the grant JVS has been awarded will go towards the purchase of equipment for our Vocational Rehabilitation department, which serves those with mobility issues.

Thank you, The Montclair Foundation, we are grateful for your support.

[photo credit] @montclairfoundation

montclairfoundation.org/the-montclair-foundation-announces-grants-to-empower-community-growth

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