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BREAKING 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
MESSAGE FROM OUR COO JVS Chicago friends, staff and supporters, Again this past year, JVS Chicago has innumerable stories to tell of barriers conquered on the path towards employment. The staff of JVS understand how critical employment is in our lives, for both its financial role and its place in our identity and life satisfaction. Countless people came to JVS facing barriers that often felt insurmountable. At JVS they found a helpful professional, tactical advice, warm coaching and the critical connection needed to surmount their barrier and find the employment they needed. Services at JVS became more focused and collaborative this year. Career Moves evolved their service array to meet the current needs of their clients in the most accessible way possible. The Duman Center deepened powerful community collaborations helping entrepreneurs launch or grow their business. Individualized Employment Services expanded Customized Employment to help more individuals with disabilities and other obstacles and Contracted Employment Services sustained their long-term employment supports while laying the groundwork for adaptation into new sectors in the coming year. JVS is an energized agency of committed, resilient and skilled staff whose gratified smiles shine as they tell their clientsâ€™ employment stories. We partnered with the JVS Business Advisory Committee who guide our efforts, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and others who generously support our work. We are clearly poised to capitalize on the gains of this year as we move into the possibility of the year ahead. Many thanks for your support. Sincerely, Margaret Vimont | Chief Operating Officer
OVERCOMING THE INCOME BARRIER Landing a new job is always a challenge— but trying to forge a new path when money is scarce creates extra hurdles on psychological and practical levels. Starting a job often comes with new expenses, like transportation or work clothing, that kick in well before the paychecks start arriving. Carrie had been living at a women’s shelter while working part-time and seasonal jobs prior to attending Job Readiness Training with JVS Chicago at the beginning of March. But the lack of steady income added an extra level of difficulty in finding her way forward. Fortunately, with JVS at her side, that’s what Carrie did. After working with JVS staff to revise her résumé and cover letter and improve her interview techniques, Carrie attended a job fair in April. Within a week of applying for the job, she was hired and began working as a supervisor at her new company’s O’Hare location. At that point JVS helped her make the transition successfully by assisting her with transportation as well as the necessary new clothing for work. Carrie is now in a full-time position with great benefits, has become an advocate for those she supervises and enjoys traveling as one of the perks of her job.
with barriers to employment (financial or disability) increased their basic job readiness skills
CONNECTING CLIENTS TO RESOURCES,
2170 TOTAL CLIENTS
JVS Chicago continues to employ a variety of career development and employment services programs to help job seekers move beyond the barriers they face—with particular emphasis on transcending the hurdles of income, age and disability.
served through JVS
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY...
BREAKING THROUGH THE DISABILITY BARRIER
clients secured paid jobs; 183 of these were people with disabilities
These days, Robert greets his coworkers at the warehouse with a friendly smile and a positive attitude that’s described as “contagious.” But not all that long ago, as a group home resident with a developmental disability, it seemed like Robert might be limited to the dishwashing job he’d held for more than 20 years. Robert felt like he could do more—and he was ready to make a change.
financial assistance distributed to JVS clients
That’s when JVS Chicago staff noticed that CES had an opening for a position in a warehouse at one of their government contract sites, which provide training and
job opportunities to individuals with significant disabilities. Robert was excited about the possibility of learning something new, yet also felt unsure of himself. With his family and JVS Chicago team members supporting him, Robert took the leap: After interviewing and completing a successful evaluation and assessment, he was accepted for the position. Since then he’s already picked up new skills he initially didn’t believe he could learn. Through his own determination and enthusiasm, as well as the support of those around him, Robert has a bright future in his new job as order filler at the Hines VA Depot.
TRANSCENDING THE AGE BARRIER
Now in her 70s, Dolores was ready to move on from her job as an architect but had no idea what to do next. She did have extensive volunteer experience, most recently teaching an English as a Second
Language class at Oakton Community College. After spotting an opening for ESL instructors at Truman College, her current JVS counselor encouraged her to apply. Dolores hesitated because she didn’t have ESL TOEFL certification and wasn’t sure if she’d qualify. But her counselor encouraged her to call anyway: “What do you have to lose?” Dolores called and spoke with the manager, who invited her to come and interview the following Tuesday. After a successful interview, he hired her on the spot—and Dolores is now enjoying the third phase of her amazing career.
Every time Dolores is in career transition, she manages to find her new path by partnering with JVS Chicago. Twenty-five years ago, Dolores came to JVS because she wanted to get out of teaching. She and her JVS counselor carefully assessed her interests and abilities, which helped her make the decision to go back to school for architecture—launching a successful second phase to her career.
their job search strategies than before working with JVS
overall client satisfaction with services provided at JVS
Contract Services 3,716,721 5,104,295 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 2,145,746 2,089,195 Illinois Department of Human Services Individuals and Foundations
Scholarships 413,962 491,242 Other Government Funder Programs 373,267 986,610 Other Sources 38,517 152,100
Personnel 3,875,862 5,027,180 Client Compensation and Benefits
Other Operating Expenses
Occupancy 417,360 508,540 Scholarships 413,962 491,242
JVS Chicago is grateful to the many donors who make it possible to provide much needed services throughout our community
Anonymous The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation Meredith Bluhm-Wolfe John & Ellyn Daniels Susan S. Duman The Malkin Families Mills Family Charitable Foundation Vela Insurance Services, LLC
Anonymous Blum-Kovler Foundation Chicago Sinai Congregation Philip Garoon & Family Kate T. Kestnbaum Laurie & Stephen Laser Charitable Fund Harry & Bessye Rosenberg Charitable Trust Seyfarth Shaw, LLP SPR Consulting, Inc. Sarah Unterman & Joshua Ehrlich
Anonymous Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Peter Bensinger, Jr. & Heidi Wagman Peter Bernstein Steven A. & Karen W. Bloomberg Cornelia Carpet Cleaners Dreyfuss/Jean & Alfred Weil Trusts
Seth & Rosalind Eisner Fund Elden Mandler Gift Fund Elmhurst Public Library Evaluation Service Inc. Elaine Saphier Fox Joan Golder Haberman Family Foundation Norman Hirsch & Ann Courter Hirsch-Schwartz Foundation Marc & Gwen Jacobs Robert & Linda Lawrence Giving Account Laurence & Mary Levine Jennifer & Andrew Lucas Tom & Jenny Marx Adrienne Meisel & Rand Sparling Bonnie Oâ€™Brien Betty & Thomas Philipsborn Philanthropic Fund Gordon & Claire Prussian Ben & Nancy Randall Rockoff Harlan & Rasof, Ltd. James M. & Sheila Schultz Schultz Family Giving Account David & Jamie Schwartz David & Renee Schwartz Alan Stone Family Charitable Foundation Bernard M. & Caryl H. Susman Foundation Dr. Michael & Dana Treister Nina Vinik & Ross Bricker
Edythe Agron & Burton Reiter Anonymous (4) Ted & Cheryl Banks William & Sara Belkov Jeffrey Bergman & Beth Marshall-Bergman James & Nancy Brandt Janet Buckstein Robert & Virginia Burnstine
Congregation Hakafa Steve Erlebacher & Marcy Horwitz Paul & Susan Freehling Beverly J. Goldberg James Gottlieb Fund Judy Green & John Kilyk Jeanne Jacobs Robin Kaplan John G. & Jill F. Levi Rosella Lewis Richard & Geri Longo Lois A. Lourie & Dr. Michael B. Gurtman Sara Manewith Barry & Marlene Marcus Fred Meyer Robert A. & Michele Miller J. Clifford Moos & Jackie Jaffe Herbert & Roberta Nechin Lester Ordman Steven & Jo Ann R. Potashnick Philanthropic Fund David Rebnord & Marilyn Green Jay & Barbara Robinson Kristin Rogers Warner A. Rosenthal Richard D. Rotberg & Lynne Rosenfield Thomas & Louise Rothschild Dr. Edward Sachs The Siegel Law Group Ltd. William & Helen Silverman Dr. Robert Steinberg David & Arlene Stix Susan & Errol Stone Fund Temple Sholom of Chicago Don L. & Broooke Voss Steven & Phyllis Weinberg Jerry & Jan Wolf Lois Zoller & Jim Mills
All Chicago’s Emergency Fund Anonymous (3) Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Chicago Tribune Charities - Holiday Campaign, a McCormick Foundation Fund The Crown Family Lawrence E. & Nancy S. Glick Foundation Illinois Department of Central Management Services Illinois Department of Human Services/ Bureau of Basic Supports/Title XX Illinois Department of Human Services/ Division of Rehabilitation Services Illinois Department of Human Services/ Office of Inspector General Illinois State Police Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago JUF Breakthrough Fund JPMorgan Chase The Family of Jessica & Peter Kaplan Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation U.S. Army Reserve Corps U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development/Community Development Block Grant U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Treasury/Internal Revenue Service U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. General Services Administration Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen ALUMNI Foundation Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago
The JVS Endowment Foundation was created in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Agency Endowment Program, which was established to assure that JVS and our sister agencies have the necessary resources to meet the community needs. All commitments to Agency Endowment Foundations are recognized as gifts to the Jewish Federation’s Centennial Campaign.
Louis Duman*-Microenterprise Center & Loan Fund Seth A. Eisner Samuel & Betty Fink Memorial Fund Janet & Michael Jablon Stephen & Laurie Laser Estate of Paul H. Leffman Estate of Shirley Pflaum Sylvia & Joseph Radov Sampson Katz Families Muriel Spier Book Fund Phyllis Tabachnick
DECLARATIONS OF INTENT Richard M. Bendix, Jr. David L. Blumberg Burton Ditkowsky Alan Goldstein* Janice A. Kaufman Gordon Kopald Paul H. Leffmann Adrienne Meisel Alan Stone Charitable Family Foundation Phyllis Tabachnick
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - North Shore Conference Emma’s Bagel Cafe Jim & Jane Esser Goldman-Segal Kosher Caterers MetroKlub Milt’s BBQ North Shore Kosher Bakery
Tom Altman Dan Bauer Paul Cameron Carrie Cohen Brad Dennison Lori Dulberg Terry Flynn Bertha Gold David Gordon Neil Hochstadt Dennis Kleper Daryl Newman Ronald Nick Nikita McClinton Maxine Morphis-Reisback Johnetta Paye Marty Pesis Robin Rosen Isabel Sloan Ravi Somasundaram Ben Swartz Andy Topus Tiffany Tuckett Kevin Turner David Umlauf Jay Weinberg Julie Wernau lon Yonatan
DUMAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER ADVISORY COMMITTEE Jack Bierig Jack Bock Barbara Charal Brad Dennison Susan Duman Joel Goldhar Jim Hanig Marc Jacobs Frank Jaffe Robert Mann Steve Miller Melvin Newman Steve Sarowitz Alan Wolan
* Of Blessed Memory We regret any omissions or errors. While we appreciate all gifts, this list includes donations from 7/1/15 to 6/30/16 totaling $150 or more. Please call 312.673.3202.
JVS OFFICERS Daniel J. Wander President Linda Kellough Secretary Alan Alport Treasurer
JVS DIRECTORS Toby Bernstein John Daniels Susan Duman Andrew M. Glick
JVS HONORARY DIRECTORS James A. Alter Richard M. Bendix, Jr. Jack R. Bierig David L. Blumberg Donald P. Cohen Seth A. Eisner Paul l. Epner Irving S. Fishman Elaine Saphire Fox Vernon Fox Janet Jablon H. Debra Levin Adrienne Meisel Ellard Pflazer, Jr. Seymour Nordenberg James M. Schultz Alan Stone Jerome H. Stone* Jack D. Tovin
EXECUTIVE STAFF Howard Sitron Executive Director
Margaret Vimont Chief Operating Officer Vincent Everson Chief Financial Officer Michelle Jackson Chief Human Resources Officer Janice Kaufman, JD Director of JVS Institutional Advancement
Michael R. Treister, M.D. *May his memory be a blessing
jvschicago.org JVS Chicago is administered through an alliance agreement by Jewish Child & Family Services, a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.
JVS Chicago is accredited by CARF International for programs in Employment Services: Community Employment, Job Development, Job Supports, Job Site Training and Employment Skills Training Services.