Kresge Foundation Awards $500,000 to JVS

Prestigious grant to support growth, quality, and service integration

BOSTON (November 17, 2015) –The Kresge Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) to  support growth, quality, and service integration over the next two years.  This grant recognizes the effectiveness and innovation of JVS, a nationally recognized leader in workforce development and adult education. The Kresge Foundation invests in its partners in order to enhance the ability of high-performing multiservice organizations to innovate and effectively support individuals and families on the path to self-sufficient, self-determined lives.

“We seek to expand access and opportunity for families who are vulnerable by strengthening the effectiveness and resilience of human servicing organizations,” said Sandy Ambrozy, Senior Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation. “JVS helps individuals increase their education and skills for greater economic security and mobility, and we look forward to advancing the work of this constituent-centered organization.”

Funding from this two year grant will support JVS’s enactment of strategic priorities, including key areas of service integration, infrastructure enhancement and implementation support. JVS will improve programming by integrating service delivery, providing access to financial opportunity and support services to all program participants. This funding will also enhance JVS’s data quality and human resource infrastructure, increasing the agency’s ability to create innovative solutions to labor market challenges. Furthermore, grant funds will bolster the implementation of The Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Initiative, the pay for success bond project of JVS and partner Social Finance, designed to serve nearly 2,500 adult learners in Greater Boston.   

“We are thrilled and honored that The Kresge Foundation has chosen to support our efforts,” said Jerry Rubin, President and CEO of JVS. “This important support of our growth and our new Center for Economic Opportunity, the base of our integrated service delivery model, strengthens our ability to provide high quality services to clients and employer partners.”

About Jewish Vocational Service

Founded in 1938, JVS’s employment, skills training, and educational services help individuals with barriers to employment enter and advance in the workplace. JVS also provides on-site career ladder services in partnership with over 20 businesses. Last year, over 1,700 JVS clients found a job, and another 1,200 incumbent workers accessed career ladder services at their place of employment. For more information please visit

About The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grant making and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. Kresge’s Human Services Program seeks to expand access and opportunity for people who are vulnerable or have low incomes by strengthening the effectiveness and resilience of multiservice organizations and the networks that support them. For more information, visit