Friday April 15, 2011
Message To The Community: Finding New Ways to Serve
Though the economy is improving, the State of Ohio continues to seek ways to aggressively slash spending to balance the upcoming budget. Inevitably, human services will be cut.
At Jewish Vocational Service, we’ve been identifying innovative ways to provide services to our consumers more efficiently and effectively:
- JVS is a partner in Project Search with Cincinnati Public Schools, Butler Tech and the Warren County Career Center. It’s a national school-to-work program for high school students with disabilities. With the support of JVS job coaches, 60 students work at a community site performing various jobs that prepare them to find employment after graduation.
- JVS works with six YMCAs to support more than 70 individuals making the transition from a sheltered work environment to competitive jobs. At the YMCAs, participants get paid to work part of the day and then can enjoy recreational activities the rest of the day to improve their functional and behavioral skills.
- JVS collaborates with five organizations in a program funded by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission. The program provides individuals with disabilities increased access to vocational rehabilitation services, leading to competitive employment for about 300 consumers
At JVS, we’ve recently completed another rigorous review to find even more ways to help our consumers achieve their goals by using our resources more effectively. Why? Because our consumers deserve our best efforts.