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Every year, more than 4,000 people turn to

Jewish Vocational Service for help.

“At JVS, our goal is twofold: to help people find employment that leads to career paths, self-sufficiency, and improved quality of life, and to help our employer partners find qualified workers ready to work on day one. We do this by breaking down barriers to employment related to age, ability, immigrant status, education, language, or job skills training.”  —Michael Andreas, CEO

Our 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.

JVS provides vital services that help improve the employability, increase the self-sufficiency, and enhance the quality-of-life of thousands of individuals and families throughout Northeastern New Jersey.

The Haitian Refugee Symposium on Monday sponsored by the joint Essex County & Newark Workforce Development Boards’ Literacy Committee saw many speakers including JVS’s own Senior Director of Education & Literacy, Lynn Sternstein. The symposium’s speakers, including representatives from local and state refugee and immigration services and town council members, all underscored the refugees’ need for housing, healthcare, immigration support, and jobs. Held at Essex County Community College, the symposium was a significant first step for further action to support our growing Haitian communities.
Lynn shared information about how JVS helps Haitian refugees, offered a glimpse of client success through these services, and identified areas of further need across the board for a growing refugee population (e.g. more ESL classes). To learn more about the refugee services offered at JVS, please visit: 

#HaitianRefugees #Symposium #EssexCounty #NJ #RefugeeServices #JVSofMetroWest #Newark #ESL #Citizenship
JVS is delighted to have co-sponsored and attended The Essex County Community Job Fair. Hundreds of jobseekers turned out for the job fair, held in the Essex County College gymnasium on May 30. At the JVS table, staff members Vann Holland, Rebecca Shulman, Angela Duenas, and Kyle Kortland shared current JVS job leads to job seekers, spoke with potential employer partners about opportunities, and received ample interest in the agency’s services. Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo also stopped by the table.

Pictured alongside Vann Holland are Anibal Ramos (Councilman, North Ward, Newark), Joseph DiVincenzo (County Executive, Essex County), Augustine A. Boakye (Essex County College President), and Valentina Richardson-Green (Division Director Economic Development, Training and Employment, Essex County).

We are proud to have been part of such a great community event, and thank the organizers and fellow sponsors for making it happen. 

#EssexCounty #JobFair #EssexCountyCollege #JVSofMetroWest #NewJersey
Take the first steps on your new career path | FREE Job Training for SNAP-Eligible Participants 

If you are SNAP-eligible, you may qualify for free certified job skills training at JVS of MetroWest through the SNAP STEPS* program.

JVS offers Certified Job Skills Training Programs for people interested in careers as:

∙ Certified Pharmacy Technicians
∙ Certified Home Health Aides
∙ Certified Apartment Maintenance Technicians

In addition to job skills training, JVS provides career services, support services, and life skills training.

Classes take place at 7 Glenwood Avenue, East Orange, NJ.


∙ Complete the form and check the "SNAP Education & Training (SNAP STEPS)" box

JVS will contact you to determine your eligibility for SNAP STEPS.

Contact Leilani Lendof at (862) 704-2275.


[SNAP] Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
[STEPS] Skills, Training, Employment, Program to Success

The SNAP STEPS program is funded by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It provides SNAP populations with the opportunity to learn and gain the skills necessary to successfully enter and gain promotional opportunities in the labor workforce. 

#JVSofMetroWest #WorkforceDevelopment #PharmacyTechnician #HomeHealthAide #ApartmentTechnician
In celebration of National Immigrant Heritage Month this June,

JVS of MetroWest is proud to recognize the achievements and contributions of immigrants in our communities across the United States.

Especially so in New Jersey, with its large and diverse immigrant population. We welcome the inclusive and innovative culture that makes our state so unique. 

No matter your journey—whether you are a refugee taking your first steps to speak English, an immigrant studying for the Citizenship Exam, or looking to earn your High School Equivalency diploma—JVS is here to help.

We provide the necessary resources, support, and educational opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

Discover more about the JVS Education & Literacy department at:

#JVSofMetroWest #ImmigrantHeritageMonth #Immigration #RefugeeServices #WorkforceDevelopment
JVS Disability Services 

One of the best ways for individuals—with or without disabilities—to gain and build relevant job skills is via immersion in real-life work environments.

The JVS of MetroWest “Skill-building Through Service” opportunities allow program participants to volunteer at area non-profits and local businesses while receiving one-on-one, real-time, on-site feedback from trained JVS staff.

Participants typically serve in groups of at least four and are supervised on-site by JVS vocational counselors.

JVS provides transportation to and from each of our host sites located primarily throughout Essex County. Current sites include:

• The Montclair Art Museum @mammontclair
• The Newark Museum @newarkmuseumart
• JCC MetroWest @jccmetrowest
• Petco @petco
• MedShare @medshareofficial

For more information about JVS Disability Services, please visit:

To register your interest, please fill in a registration form at: > Vocational Services for People with Disabilities

#JVSofMetroWest #Disability #WorkforceDevelopment #CareerServices #Training
This Memorial Day, we pause to remember and honor all those who have served our country with courage and dedication. 

—JVS of MetroWest

#MemorialDay #JVSofMetroWest
Today, we highlight our partnership with Focusing Philanthropy, an organization that identifies the root causes of the challenges people face and then matches organizations that strategically address those challenges with interested donors. Through matching gifts, Focusing Philanthropy funds life-changing, scalable programs all around the world. 

We are honored to be identified, along with JVS Boston, as one of their nonprofit partners for the “Growing Careers in Health” campaign. We thank them for their contributions toward helping people begin careers in the healthcare field through JVS.
To learn more about Focusing Philanthropy and the work they do, please visit: 
#FocusingPhilanthropy #PartnerSpotlight #JVSofMetroWest #NonProfit #Donors