Jewish Vocational Services: The Road to Self Sufficiency Starts Here

Posted: 02/19/16

At the corner of Canfield and Woodward, hidden in plain sight is the life altering work of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). From Veterans Empowerment Groups, job skill straining programs to mental health support services. JVS has been meeting the needs of the Metro Detroiters since 1941.

Operating across six campuses in Oakland and Wayne Counties, over 300 staff members work daily to help clients meet the life challenges, affecting their self-sufficiency though counseling, training and support services in accordance with Jewish values of equal opportunity, compassion, responsibility and the steadfast belief that the best way to help people is to make it possible for them to help themselves.

One of the core programs at JVS’s Detroit site is the highly regarded Non-Vocational Skills Building Assistance Program, “Connecting the Pieces of Life”.  Developed in 2003 and led by Joella Bush, the program provides community based activities for individuals with developmental disabilities and chronic mental health Illness. This program improves the quality of life for participants and helps to increase their ability to be self-sufficient. The program does this by providing an emphasis on community integration with soft skills training including educational, social, job readiness, recreational activities physical exercise.

Since its inception, on average 100 clients are served per month with 25 being served per day participating in volunteering activities and job placement with partners such as Gleaners, Forgotten Harvest and more.  Daily, over 40 clients participate in skills building training, helping them to lead higher quality of life.

This year M-1 RAIL is proud to support the great work of JVS as one of our 2016 Charities of Choice. We are proud to support the JVS Winter Client Appreciation Party along with project partners Stacy and Witbeck, Inc, and HNTB, The event will take place Wednesday, February 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Temple Emanu- EL and they need you! Sign up to volunteer today and help make this event memorable for the clients of JVS.

For more information on the programs and services offered by JVS’s Detroit campus or to volunteer please contact Program Supervisor, Joella Bush at Jbush@jvsdet.orgor 313-831-8100. JVS is located at 4250 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI, 48201. Visit www. www.jvsdet.org. for more information on JVS suite of services across Southeast Michigan.

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