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JVS SoCal

Jobs. Vision. Success.

aka JVS SoCal   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.jvs-socal.org

Mission

Building better lives, one job at a time, by empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment.

Ruling year info

1943

Chief Executive Officer

Alan Levey

Main address

6505 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA 90048 USA

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Formerly known as

Jewish Vocational Service

EIN

95-1691012

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Employment Training (J22)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Low skilled and low wage workers are struggling to survive in southern California. Pre-pandemic, the underemployment rate was over 8 percent and higher amongst underserved and marginalized socioeconomic groups such as single mothers. These same population groups were hardest hit with health, economic and academic losses since March 2020. Los Angeles County has the highest poverty rate in the nation and opportunities to find sustainable employment require resources and access. Statistics show more than one in three California households, over 3.8 million families, do not earn sufficient income to meet basic needs. JVS SoCal empowers individuals to create better futures for themselves and their families by providing them with job training and placement opportunities and comprehensive support services they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

America's Job Centers of California

The four AJCC/WorkSource Center contracts operated by JVS SoCal and funded by the City and County of Los Angeles provide nearly 30,000 job seekers annually with intensive career and job search services. Customers work with a career coach and/or utilize self-service options that include access to computers, job listings, employer recruitment events, and job search and career readiness workshops. All AJCC services are available at no cost to our customers.  With their career coach, customers develop employment plans, revise resumes and improve interviewing and networking skills. Employer Business Services, also provided at no cost, include posting available positions and encouraging candidates to apply, holding industry-specific recruitment events and job fairs, screening candidates, and providing access to state funding for job training. AJCC customers are aged 16-70 and include the working poor, persons moving from welfare to work, and individuals with other barriers to employment.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

JVSWorks® provides low- to moderate-income clients, 98% of whom face one or more barriers to employment, with proprietary career training in high-growth industries that offer income and professional growth. Training programs include BankWork$® (training in the financial services industry), HealthWorks® (training to earn licensure as a Certified Nurse Assistant) and ApartmentWorks® (participants earn the nationally-recognized Apartment Maintenance Technician certificate, using a curriculum created in partnership between JVS SoCal, the National Apartment Association and area property managers). Training is provided at no cost to the client and includes soft skills, technical skills, interviewing and networking skills and job placement assistance. Each program culminates in a graduation/job fair event where every graduate is interviewed by employer partners. This process greatly expedites the time from training to employment, with many graduates leaving the job fair with job offers.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

JVS Veterans First began in 2010, recognizing the unique challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian employment. Working in partnership with employers, training providers, government entities and nonprofit organizations, JVS Veterans First effectively addresses and alleviates multiple barriers to employment, providing customers with career guidance and job skills development, job search assistance and video resumes; enrolling them in vocational training when appropriate; facilitating employer networking opportunities, and providing job retention follow up, to help our veterans successfully launch their civilian career. Since JVS Veterans First was established, close to 2,000 veterans have received one-on-one career coaching; 460 veterans have completed vocational training; and 1,145 veterans have transitioned to meaningful employment.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Unemployed people

The Grossblatt Skills Assessment Center provides vocational rehab evaluations and work assessments for job seekers, including people with disabilities. Services are provided free of charge to low-income adults receiving public assistance. JVS SoCal is certified through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is the only non-profit in Southern California that offers comprehensive vocational evaluations for the visually impaired. The evaluation includes assessments to identify transferable skills, evaluation of individual strengths and barriers, and identification of accommodations needed for the client to be gainfully employed.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with physical disabilities

The Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) and General Relief Opportunity for Work (GROW) are L.A. County programs that provide employment-related services to CalWORKs recipients to help them find employment, stay employed, and move on to higher paying jobs. This will ultimately lead them to self-sufficiency and independence. Both the GAIN and GROW programs conduct job fairs where highly motivated and qualified participants are available for interviews, evaluation and hiring on the spot. Participation in Job Fairs and other employer-related services is free for employers. GAIN and GROW offer candidates that are prepared and available for interviews on short notice. Applicants are pre-screened to meet employers’ needs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation 2019

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Adults, At-risk youth, Low-income people, Working poor

Related Program

America's Job Centers of California

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These individuals participated in intensive career readiness services, which may have included job training or upskilling.

Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people, Veterans, Ex-offenders, Refugees and displaced people, At-risk youth

Related Program

JVSWorks

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

From 2006-2020, 81% of the 2,100 JVSWorks no-cost career training program graduates were placed into high growth jobs, totaling $80M in aggregate income: a 567% return on philanthropic investment.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since 1931, JVS SoCal has empowered individuals with the skills, training, resources and compassionate support they need to secure a better life. We are a 501 (c)(3) with 250 skilled and dedicated staff members, delivering services from over 20 sites throughout Los Angeles County.

The people we serve face multiple barriers -- it's not just that they don't have a job. We provide comprehensive services to help address these barriers for underserved populations including Veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience or face other employment challenges.

We change lives by providing sustainable employment opportunities for our clients. Our success is built on leveraging Public-Private-Philanthropic partnerships to maximize resources and meet the needs of each individual. Additionally, individuals can access our services throughout Southern California from one of our 20+ locations. Through our broad programmatic offerings and expansive geographic footprint, we serve as a hub, partnership throughout the region to provide comprehensive services and support.

We are uniquely positioned as regional leaders in the workforce development sector because of our partnerships, signature public-private-philanthropic funding model, service to clients through a holistic, person-centered lens, our responsive approach to program development focusing on high-barrier individuals and facilitating alleviation of those barriers, and proven track record of success. JVS SoCal leverages existing partnerships and resources and explores new options to enhance and augment our impact.

In 2019, pre-pandemic, JVS SoCal assisted more than 50,000 individuals, directly case managing 33,000 clients, with an additional 20,000 individuals accessing our services. In 2020, all services moved to virtual delivery, JVS SoCal was deemed an essential service provider, and we provided direct case management services to over 11,000 individuals.

Financials

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JVS SoCal

Board of directors
as of 09/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Leland Felsenthal

President Sales & Marketing – Public Identity

Term: 2019 - 2021

Ronny Bensimon

Dearden's Furniture

Joel Berman

Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP

Eileen Coskey Fracchia

The El Camino Group, LLC

Sharon Darnov

Darnov Family Limited Partnership

Micah DeKofsky

Grant Thornton LLP

Leland Felsenthal

Public Identity

John Goldsmith

Metropolis

Samantha Haugh

Banc of California

Jim Hausberg

Hightower Los Angeles

Charles Hill

City National Bank

Jonathan Karp

Thompson Coburn, LLP

Christopher Kelly

Loeb & Loeb, LLP

Jason Kravitz

Mortgage Capital Associates, Inc.

Steven Lotwin

Capital Group

Jeffrey Paul

Entrepreneur

Matthew Paul

Realtor/Investment Property Specialist

Rick Powell

Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Thomas Schiff

Schiff Capital Investments

Steven Seigel

Qualified Billing & Collections, LLC

Sabrina Shadi

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Harris Smith

University of Southern California

Vivian Soren-Myers

Dolphin Capital Holdings, Inc.

David Wimmer

Swerdlow Florence Sanchez & Wimmer

Matt Zarcufsky

Nonprofit Executive Consultant

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability