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A healthy and successful business evolves with the changing needs of the marketplace while remaining true to its business plan. JVS Chicago is no different and in 2015, it was “good business as usual” when our board and leadership initiated a thorough analysis of the organization. Our 2015 portfolio analysis allowed us to take a step back, evaluate and then strategically realign our programs and services to better fulfill our mission of helping those with significant challenges to employment or career advancement such as age, income, education and disability.

We wisely steward our resources and respond to our clients’ needs

The results of our portfolio analysis exemplify how we continue to wisely steward our resources, apply sound business principles and best practices to our work and respond nimbly and with sensitivity to the shifting needs of our clients, especially the most vulnerable in our community. New areas of focus include expanding the customized employment program for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and launching the careers of younger job-seekers through NexJEN, modeled after our successful Jewish Employment Network (JEN). In addition, we’ve retooled our services to match our mission…our expertise in credit coaching will be laser focused on helping entrepreneurs. And we have refocused the skills built through years of ESL programming on a new language-based business management course to help those who have a language barrier between them and their dream of running a small business.

5,877 people and 106 small businesses are stronger because of us

The best measure of our success lies in the stories of those who come to JVS Chicago. Take, for example, a deaf client who enrolled in our Pharmacy Technician training program and now works at Mariano’s. Or the teenager who, with the help of our youth employment specialists, overcame many barriers to get his first summer job. Or a hopeful entrepreneur who needed to repair his credit before he could open his own business buying and rehabbing distressed properties. After working with a credit coach at the Duman Entrepreneurship Center, this client is moving forward with his dream—developing a business plan and honing other entrepreneurial skills with assistance from the small-business experts at the Duman Center.

Dear Friends of JVS Chicago, As I look back at FY15, I am proud of the work that our staff and partners have done together to ensure that JVS Chicago continues to meet its mission of providing support for members of our community who face hurdles to employment. Backed with management support through our alliance with Jewish Child & Family Services, we look to entering the coming year from a place of strength. Our Business Advisory Committee provided leadership and insight as we launched our first portfolio analysis. Our funders continued to invest in our programs, recognizing that clearing the path to employment yields results not just for our clients, but for the community as well. We furthered our deep commitment to continually seeking ways of enhancing the impact of our services on clients and the community. As always, our dedication to helping teens, young adults, those reentering the workforce, entrepreneurs and people with disabilities and other challenges is strengthened by our partnership with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Thank you to our many donors, volunteers and, of course, the exceptional staff who give their time, treasure and talent to help people work their way through life. Sincerely,

Constantine Bitsas

We couldn’t help others if we weren’t taking care of our business. 2015


clients impacted by JVS Chicago services

1, 064

jobs started or maintained with average wages of $15.11 per hour

417 jobs

started for people with disabilities



educational scholarships awarded



hours of career counseling

low-income clients received case management and job-readiness training

in average debt reduction for Duman clients in credit/financial counseling



$11,018,132 FY15

Illinois Department of Human Services





Contract Services 5,104,295 5,360,743 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 2,089,195 2,019,582 Other Government Funder Programs 986,610 2,074,045 Individuals and Foundations

969,313 707,656

Scholarships 491,242 524,642 Other Sources 152,100 138,602



$11,018,132 FY15



Personnel 5,027,180 5,385,259 Client Compensation and Benefits

3,027,955 3,338,903

Occupancy 508,540 555,659 Scholarships 491,242 524,642 Other Operating Expenses

1,963,215 2,273,549


JVS Chicago is grateful to the many donors who make it possible to provide much needed services throughout our community


Anonymous H. Debra Levin/Okapi Fund Barbara K. Parks, Ph.D Jack & Niki Tovin


Chicago Sinai Congregation John & Ellyn Daniels Susan S. Duman Feitler Family Fund Philip Garoon & Family Andrew Glick & Tracey Kite Marc & Gwen Jacobs Kate T. Kestnbaum Dr. Stephen A. & Laurie Laser Howard & Deborah Sitron Sarah Unterman & Joshua Ehrlich


Anonymous Peter Bernstein Steven A. & Karen W. Bloomberg David L. & Linda Blumberg Chicago Green Insulation, Inc. Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Dreyfuss/Jean & Alfred Weil Trusts Elden Mandler Gift Fund Elmhurst Public Library Paul Epner & Janet Gans

Joan Golder Robert & Amy Greenebaum Jerold A. or Ruth Hecktman Family Foundation Norman Hirsch & Ann Courter Hirsch-Schwartz Foundation Alan I. & Juell F. Kadet William B. & Marilyn Keroff Martin J. & Susan B. Kozak Fund Burt & Caryl Lasko Laurence & Mary Levine Kathy Kim & David Levinson Lipsig Family Philanthropic Fund Jennifer & Andrew Lucas McGladrey LLP Adrienne Meisel & Rand Sparling Betty & Thomas Philipsborn Philanthropic Fund Steven & Jo Ann R. Potashnick Philanthropic Fund Ben & Nancy Randall James M. & Sheila Schultz David & Renee Schwartz Bernard M. & Caryl H. Susman Foundation Dr. Michael & Dana Treister Sarita & Roy Warshawsky Family Philanthropic Fund Milt L. & Michelle Zimmerman Kenneth Zoline


Arthur J. Adelberg Howard & Patricia Adelman Alan & Susan Alport American Academy of Pediatrics Anonymous (6) Peter Bensinger Jeffrey Bergman & Dr. Beth Marshall Bergman

Jack Bock Francis J. & Jan E. Bomher Jennifer Boyle James & Nancy Brandt Janet Buckstein Robert & Virginia Burnstine Congregation Hakafa Cornelia Carpet Cleaners Kathleen Cullen Jordan L. & Barbara Daniels Fanchon Ehrlich Emanuel Family Foundation Steve Erlebacher & Marcy Horwitz Vincent Everson Anne Feder & Anna Baluyot Paul & Susan Freehling Mark A. Friedland Karen Galin Michael & Sharon Gertz Aisha A. Ghori Jeremy Gibson Dina Glaser Beverly J. Goldberg James Gottlieb Fund Howard R. Korenthal Stacey Kregel Wendi Kromash Jesse Lara Jr. Donald Letchinger John G. & Jill F. Levi Michael & Carla B. Levin Robert & Carol Lifton Shirley & Dan Maeir & Family Thomas & Jenny Marx Konora Maxwell-Mason & Richard Mason Elizabeth McGuire Robert A. & Michele Miller J. Clifford & Jackie Moos Moraine Valley Community College Anne Morrissy Karen Norington-Reaves

Neil Posner & Patricia Paone Bruce Rabin Barbara & Frank Rizzo Jay & Barbara Robinson Donna Rockin Paul & Jennifer Rosenblum Warner A. Rosenthal Amy & Michael Rubin Dr. Seymour & Marcia Sabesin Safer Foundation Martin W. & Allison Salzman Lynn Seinfeld William & Helen Silverman David E. Sims Saf Soltani Allan & Jill Steinberg David & Arlene Stix Robert & Julie Stracks Michele Suter The Tower Foundation Michael H. Traison Gina Tuminello Margaret Vimont Nina Vinik & Ross Bricker David Vinokur Dan Wander & Ruth Freedman Roxanne Wittkamp Elizabeth Wyman Laura & Mike York Andrew Zarkowsky Hedy Ciocci

FOUNDATIONS/GRANTS/ CONTRACTS Alan Stone Charitable Foundation Anonymous (3) Blum-Kovler Foundation Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Citi Foundation

City of Chicago/Department of Family and Support Services Emergency Fund Glick Family Foundation Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Illinois Community College Board Illinois Department of Central Management Services Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 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 Ira and Sheila Stone Family Foundation Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago JUF Breakthrough Fund Lake County Workforce Development Mathematica Policy Research Chicago Tribune Charities – Holiday Campaign, a McCormick Foundation Fund Northern Trust Charitable Trust Office of the Illinois Secretary of State Seyfarth Shaw, LLP Sidley Austin Foundation SPR Companies The Crown Family The Networking Group U.S. Army Reserve Corps U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Community Development Block Grant U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Worker’s Compensation Programs 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 and Loan Fund Seth A. Eisner Samuel and Betty Fink Memorial Fund Janet and Michael Jablon Stephen & Laurie Laser Estate of Paul H. Leffman Estate of Shirley Pflaum Sylvia and 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


About Face ABT Electronics Chicago Tailgators, LLC Drop By Gorgeous Emma Bagels Goldman-Segal Kosher Caterers Hungarian Kosher Foods Milt’s BBQ Mizrachi Grill Northlight Theatre Walmart-Kosher


Tom Altman Paul Cameron Carrie Cohen Lori Dulberg Terry Flynn Bertha Gold David Gordon Meagan Hauser Neil Hochstadt Nikita McClinton Maxine Morphis-Reisback Darryl Newman Ronald Nick Johnetta Paye David Ritter Robin Rosen Isabel Sloan Ravi Somasundaram Tiffany Tuckett David Umlauf Julie Wernau

DUMAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER LOAN 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 7/1/14 to 6/30/15 totaling $150 or more. Please call 312.673.3202.



Daniel J. Wander President

Howard Sitron Executive Director

Karen Levine Secretary

Margaret Vimont Chief Operating Officer

Alan Alport Treasurer H. Debra Levin Immediate Past President

DIRECTORS Alan Alport Toby Bernstein John Daniels Susan Duman Andrew M. Glick H. Debra Levin Karen L. Levine Daniel J. Wander

Vincent Everson Chief Financial Officer Shirley Maeir Chief Human Resources Officer Constantine Bitsas Vice President of Career and Employment Services Janice Kaufman, JD Director of JVS Institutional Advancement


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. JVS Chicago is administered through an alliance agreement by Jewish Child & Family Services, a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. 10.2015

2015 JVS Annual Report  
2015 JVS Annual Report