Jewish Vocational Service
4600 The Paseo
Kansas City MO 64110
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 4712808
Mission Statement
At JVS we engage, encourage and empower people to achieve social, cultural and economic integration. Our vision statement is: Thriving communities, strengthened by diversity.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Hilary Cohen Singer
Board Chair Mr. A. Donald Wise
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1949
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
At JVS we engage, encourage and empower people to achieve social, cultural and economic integration. Our vision statement is: Thriving communities, strengthened by diversity.
Background Statement JVS was established in 1949 to assist Holocaust survivors, refugees and those returning from WWII, enabling them to build better lives in the United States. Today, our programs meet the needs of all who face barriers to employment. Whether it is coaching a client on how to request a disability accommodation from their employer or helping a newly-arrived refugee enroll their children in school, JVS works to empower people to address challenges to their self-sufficiency.
Impact Statement
In 2017, our comprehensive array of services reached more than 8,400.
  1. We helped 355 individuals obtain employment.
  2. We helped 415 refugees make America their new home.
  3. We helped over 1,000 individuals remove barriers to self sufficiency.
Needs Statement
  1. Financial donations to increase our capacity and ability to help more individuals
  2. Clothing donations, especially winter coats, hats, and gloves for refugee families
  3. Volunteers 
  4. Bus pass donations to assist with individuals traveling to work
  5. Donations of household items for newly arrived refugees 
Service Categories
Human Services
Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Counseling/ Guidance/Testing
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
JVS serves the greater Kansas City Metro Area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
JVS was established in 1949 to help Jewish refugees build better lives in the US. Today our programs meet the needs of all who face barriers to employment. Whether coaching a client to request a disability accommodation at work or helping a newly-arrived refugee enroll children in school, JVS empowers people to address challenges to their self-sufficiency.
  • Workforce Development: JVS offers comprehensive employment services that help people assess skills and interests, remove barriers, refine job search skills and match with the right jobs.Services are tailored for a diverse range of jobseekers from individuals with disabilities to newly-resettled refugees to downsized professionals. After job placement we work with clients and employers to ensure a positive, long term employment relationship. 
  • Community Integration: We help refugees/immigrants build new lives in the US. We assist refugees with basic needs like housing, clothing, transportation, health care access. Board of Immigration Appeals certified staff assists people wishing to change their immigration status. We offer training for health care interpreters and provide skilled interpreters in 40 languages to hospitals, schools and others. We offer cultural competency training for those serving or employing diverse populations. 
  • Health and Wellness: We engage people in activities that promote healthy bodies, minds and relationships. We help people navigate complex physical/mental health systems and provide direct therapy.
Programs
Description JVS offers comprehensive employment services that help people asses their skills and interests, and match them with the right job options.  These services are tailored to apply to a diverse range of job seekers.  Following job placement, we work with clients and their employers to ensure a positive, long-term employment relationship
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Other Health/Disability, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short term success is measured by the individual’s initial length of employment. Depending on the person’s needs, short-term job coaching is available during the initial training period of the new job. Follow-up services are provided to ensure successful retention of employment. Limited case management is available, and, if needed, Community Resource referrals are made, and, when necessary, referrals are made to JVS Social Work Program for more intense case management/counseling services. Workforce Development regularly conducts client satisfaction surveys as well and each are reviewed for feedback and suggestions to determine improvements that can be made to the program. Client feedback consistently states that those served by the program feel that they are treated with dignity and respect, would recommend JVS services to others and feel that they were active participants in the services they received.
Long-Term Success
By providing individualized, one-on-one employment service to Individuals with disabilities and refugees we are enabling them to take the biggest step toward self-sufficiency: employment.  Our goal is to become functional, productive, happy, successful members of the Kansas City community. The  staff are trained to help each individual excel within the sphere of their own abilities, giving them the confidence to move from job search to employment. JVS offers job seeking skills training, job development, placement & retention services, short-term job coaching & case management to people. During intake, an Individualized Plan of Employment is developed with each individual's input & interests utilized for vocational goals. Job seeking skills training includes networking, instruction and/or assistance with job developing, resumes, cover letters, practicing interview skills, and teaching appropriate behaviors, dress, & presentations to employers. Workforce Development Services also assists in developing potential employers.
 
Program Success Monitored By Workforce Development Services conducts regular monthly meetings to discuss any challenges that arise and possible resolutions. Staff also shares information about employers that are hiring in order to stay abreast of trends in the Kansas City business community. Semi-annual consumer satisfaction surveys are regularly reviewed for feedback and suggestions for improvements that can be made to the program.
Examples of Program Success "JVS has taught me that I can do anything. I can get a job if I set my mind to it. I can create my own resume and know how to have an interview. JVS is a great place if you are having a hard time fiding a job.  I know JVS is there to help me."-Jared Johnson, Workforce Development Services 
Description We help refugees and immigrants build new lives in the United States.  Our services help individuals and their families become thriving members of their new communities.
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success is measured by how quickly refugees can get established in their residences, find employment and start earning money for themselves, in turn, reducing their dependence on JVS or other social service agencies. 
Long-Term Success In 2017 Refugee Resettlement program resettled 415 refugees from 12 different countries; more than 50% of newly resettled refugees were under the age of 18.  150 refugee students received education orientation, school advocacy and intensive case management.  Within Immigration Counseling we served 814 clients; assisted over 493 individuals wishing to adjust their status and petition for family reunification and aided 75 individuals in the process of becoming U.S. Citizens.  In 2017 we facilitated over 4,200 interpreting and translating encounters in more than 30 different languages and trained 124 interpreters.  Long term success for our clients is defined by our agency’s mission statement: successful social, cultural and economic integration. 
Program Success Monitored By Community Integration Services regularly conducts client satisfaction surveys, despite the language barrier; all returned surveys express strong gratitude for the services received and a clear desire to continue a working relationship with JVS. JVS regularly conducts client satisfaction surveys as well and each are reviewed for feedback and suggestions to determine improvements that can be made to the program. Client feedback consistently states that those served by the program feel that they are treated with dignity and respect, would recommend JVS services to others and feel that they were active participants in the services they received.
Examples of Program Success
"My family and I fled from Afghanistan because of the terrorism and violence.  We arrived in the United States in 2016.  I received my GED and now am at Johnson County Community College studying computer science.  JVS has given us everything and now we are responsible for becoming successful.  There are no words to describe how JVS helped us get where we are.  We hope to repay JVS someday when we reach our goals of success"-Ali Masumi
Description JVS helps refugees and immigrants navigate complex physical and mental health systems, and provides direct therapy services.  
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short term success is measured by how acclimated and supported Health and Wellness Service clients are able to get established in their area of need and overcome barriers towards self sufficiency for themselves and/or their families.  In turn, reducing their dependence on JVS or other social service agencies.
Long-Term Success Within the Health and Wellness Services JVS provided Refugee Medical care training 139 refugees on topics related to health literacy and access to health care in America and provided 125 refugees with intensive case management services addressing serious or chronic medical conditions.  JVS served 419 individuals, from 14 different countries providing at risk adults and youth with advocacy, community resource referral and individual and group therapy.  Our Global Gardens Project served 21 growers who harvested 4,032 pounds of produce for themselves and community. 
Program Success Monitored By Surveys are provided toe. Comments from participants are used to make decisions regarding future training sessions or improvement to our program on the whole.
Examples of Program Success "My favorite thing about JVS is their service to the community.  They do more than just interpreting.  They teach people to garden, be healthy and adjust to life in the United States.  I have learned a lot from JVS." -Hadija Sutzer
CEO Comments The JVS Board of Trustees functions as a policy board in that it doesn't actively participate in the management of the organization. The Board of Directors is talented and committed to the organization. During the past five years the agency has been constantly changing and evolving. Through the partnership between the JVS Board and the agency administration, we believe we have stepped up to meet the challenges and opportunities that have come our way. The JVS Board convenes for eleven meetings per year plus an Annual Meeting. Much of the work of the board is done in committees. The Board has several active committees. The Board has been involved in all of our successful accreditation surveys. The Executive Committee has been an invaluable resource for the agency in addressing challenges.  Board meetings are open and staff is encouraged to attend. As a regular part of the meeting agenda staff give program reports. The Board is also invited to all internal agency functions and external agency functions. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Hilary Cohen Singer
Term Start Apr 2014
Experience Hilary Cohen Singer has been the JVS Executive Director for just over two years. Before her position as Executive Director she served as Associate Director for four years. She brings new ideas to JVS and has full board support. She is active in several organizations in the Jewish and Kansas City communities. She has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, an MPA from New York University and brings previous nonprofit experience to her role. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Joy Foster Jan 1997 - Aug 1997
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Executive Director
Title
Title Director of Rehabilitation Services
Title Director of Refugee Services
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 45
Paid Part-Time Staff 6
Volunteers 85
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 17
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 79
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 67
Male 33
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
JVS collaborates with many community organizations, such as: Jewish Family Services, FEC, LincWorks, Samuel Rodgers Health Care Center, Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy, Della Lamb, Don Bosco, Happy Bottoms, Giving the Basics, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Legal Aid.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2004
Board of Immigration Appeals - Accreditation2005
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2007
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2010
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2013
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2016
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Program of the Year Award for Career Management ServicesJewish Federation Of Kansas City2005
Service Provider of the YearMissouri Rehabilitation Association 2007
Heart of America Ethics in Business AwardMidwest Christian Counseling Center2009
Program of the Year: Jewish Employment ServicesJewish Federation of Greater Kansas City2012
Raindrop Award for Community Service Dialogue Institute of Kansas City2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The JVS Board of Trustees functions as a policy board in that it doesn't actively participate in the management of the organization. The Board of JVS is talented and committed to the organization. During the past five years the agency has been constantly changing and evolving. Through the partnership between the JVS Board and the agency administration, we believe we have stepped up to meet the challenges and opportunities that have come our way. The JVS Board convenes 11 meetings per year plus an Annual Meeting. Much of the work of the board is done in committees. The Board has several active committees and this past year has established Board Liaisons to the different programs. The Board has been involved in all of our successful accreditation surveys. The Executive Committee has been an invaluable resource for the agency in addressing challenges. Board meetings are open and staff is encouraged to attend. As a regular part of the meeting agenda staff give program reports. The Board is also invited to all internal agency functions and external agency functions.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. A. Donald Wise
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Martha Baird University of Kansas
Andrea Baran
Valerie Bordy CenturyLink
Cal Cohen Investment Consultant
Mr. Alex Edelman Community Volunteer
Mr. Jim Ellis Healthcare Realty Development
Mr. Bob Galamba Colliers International
Allyson Hile
Rev. Bob Hill Christ Community Church
Mr. Bill Intrater Adknowledge, Inc
Ms. Tracy Mandel McHugh Price Brothers, Inc.
Sam Nemeh
Mr Vince Nguyen KU Medical Center
Joel Pelofsky Spencer Fane and Britt
Mike Shopmaker Smith Danielson Group
Shari Stimetz Community Volunteer
Mr. Don Wise Park University
Phillip Zeeck
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Audit
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments The JVS Board of Trustees functions as a policy board in that it doesn't actively participate in the management of the organization. The Board of JVS is talented and committed to the organization. During the past  years the agency has been constantly changing and evolving. Through the partnership between the JVS Board and the agency administration, we believe we have stepped up to meet the challenges and opportunities that have come our way. The JVS Board convenes eleven meetings per year plus an Annual Meeting. Much of the work of the board is done in committees. The Board has several active committees and this past year has established Board Liaisons to the different programs. The Board has been involved in all of our successful accreditation surveys. The Executive Committee has been an invaluable resource for the agency in addressing challenges. Board meetings are open and staff is encouraged to attend. As a regular part of the meeting agenda staff give mission moment or program reports. The Board is also invited to all internal agency functions and external agency functions. 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $3,642,534
Projected Expenses $3,685,169
Form 990s
2016 JVS 990
2015 JVS 990
2014 JVS 990
2013 JVS 990
2013 JVS 990
2012 JVS 990
2011 JVS 990
2010 JVS 990
2009 JVS 990
2008 JVS 990
2007 JVS 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported from the organization's IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include individual contributions and/or government grant revenue. 
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,453,653$586,819$577,718
Government Contributions$2,546,462$2,014,412$1,818,642
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$2,546,462$2,014,412$1,818,642
Individual Contributions------
$111,770$110,520$119,917
$911,548$1,089,102$1,223,148
Investment Income, Net of Losses$794,584$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$62,691$9,051$23,696
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$20,125$2,517$9,919
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,111,019$3,626,286$3,546,485
Administration Expense$378,455$196,182$230,550
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%95%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,239,317$1,194,347$1,198,252
Current Assets$1,212,215$504,967$534,123
Long-Term Liabilities$0$496,409$513,611
Current Liabilities$649,073$519,053$495,709
Total Net Assets$1,590,244$178,885$188,932
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.870.971.08
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%42%43%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
JVS is very fortunate to have a diverse funding base. We provide services in both Kansas and Missouri and therefore receive grants, individuals donations and fee-for-service from both states. Our fee-for-service programs are our Immigration Counseling and Language and Cultural Services. We are recipients of United Way funding as well as Jewish Federation funding. In addition, we hold a special event fundraiser each year and also receive contributions and grants from private donors and foundations. 
Organization Name Jewish Vocational Service
Address 4600 The Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64110
Primary Phone (816) 4712808
Contact Email info@jvskc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Hilary Cohen Singer
Board Chair Mr. A. Donald Wise
Year of Incorporation 1949