Immigrants and Boston’s Economic Success: JVS Economic Opportunity Forum (May 2017)

On May 18, 2017, business, government, higher education, philanthropy and workforce development leaders gathered together for JVS’s Economic Opportunity Forum. Our speakers, Marilynn Johnson (Boston College), Colleen Moran (Spaulding Rehab) and Paul Osterman (MIT) spoke to the critical role immigrants play in Boston's economy.

JVS Condemns Refugee Ban (January 2017)

We stand with the tens of thousands of religious leaders, mayors, community volunteers, and fellow Americans in protest against the Trump administration's shameful and wholly un-American demonization and shunning of desperate refugees and immigrants. We urge you to do the same. America is, was, and will always be a nation of immigrants.

CVS Regional Learning Center offers unique training opportunity (March 2016)

Welcome to the CVS training center at the Jewish Vocational Service in downtown Boston, a mock-up store where new employees get schooled on everything from how to greet a customer to working the cash register.

Transitions to Work job training makes an impact (February 2016)

Just visit one of the many Transitions to Work training sites and you will see a program run by professionals who understand how to work with the participants to help make them excellent, hardworking employees. Speak to one of the many employers who hired Transitions to Work graduates and you will find a high level of satisfaction and a high retention rate.

Making Change:Transitions to Work (February 2016)

The training program at CVS is held at the Regional Learning Center, a mock CVS store. The participants are adults with disabilities who receive intensive skills training in order to earn meaningful employment following graduation.

Worksite Career Coaching Graduate featured in Dana-Farber Newsletter (January 2016)

She first entered the Institute as a high school senior in the Workforce Development Program. “I knew it was for me,” she says. “When I saw how passionate my colleagues were and how patients looked up to them, I wanted to be a part of it.”

JVS and The Boston Home receive $69,000 Workplace Education Grant (December 2015)

The Massachusetts’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently announced Phase 2 funding for Workplace Education programs, which included The Boston Home and education partner Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).  This grant will support on-site instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Math for Healthcare Workers, serving 30+ employees.

Santander Bank Awards $70,000 to JVS's Financial Opportunity Center (December 2015)

Santander Bank has awarded $70,000 to JVS to expand its intensive financial coaching services and tax preparation services, both of which are free to participants. These funds will allow JVS to provide financial coaching to an additional 150 clients and add staff to increase tax preparation capacity.

Inaugural JVS Economic Opportunity Forum a Success (November 2015)

We were honored to welcome Zeynep Ton, author of "The Good Jobs Strategy" and John Pepper, CEO & Co-Founder of Boloco to discuss how companies that invest in their employees and the quality of jobs can boost performance, retention and their bottom line.

Destigmatizing Unemployment – Book Review by JVS Employee Amy Mazur (Fall 2015)

Ofer Sharone’s book Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences gave me a new framework for understanding the damaging effects of a fundamental premise behind most job search assistance: the idea that unemployment is the result of remediable failings in an individual’s job search strategy, rather than a systemic failure created by the structure of our economic system.

Transitions Graduate Gabe Flam Speaks on Employment for People with Disabilities (February 2015)

I am proud to have a well-suited job and to get a paycheck.  Without JVS’s Transitions To Work Program, I may not have had the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to get a job at a great place like NewBridge On the Charles.  I continue to learn a lot and improve my customer service skills.  I am doing something that I have always loved which is to be helpful to people.

Governor Patrick’s remarks at JVS Gala (June 2014)

At our 2014 gala, Governor Patrick was honored for his leadership in promoting opportunity and inclusion through jobs, education, and training for residents of Massachusetts. As he accepted our leadership award, Governor Patrick thoughtfully described how many of his legislative priorities have aligned with JVS and its mission, from increasing investments in training programs, to funding workforce development for persons with disabilities.

JVS Entrepreneur Graduates Chosen to Participate in MassChallenge Program (2014)

Congratulations to Magbe Savane, Keri Steckler, and Skerley Telusnor—graduates of JVS's entrepreneurial training programs—for being chosen to participate in the MassChallenge Entrepreneur Partners Network, an inaugural program run by The Boston Foundation.


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