Adoption Choices Hosts 21st Adoption Picnic at Davis Farmland on September 18th

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Please Register by September 12, 2016
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Adoption Choices Presents Workshop on Challenges Faced by Interracial Families

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JFS’s Pop-Up Clothing Closet Distributes Over 500 Items at First Event

 

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Throughout the past couple months, the Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest Clothing Closet volunteer committee has been quite literally rolling up their sleeves collecting and sorting clothing in preparation for the Clothing Closet’s first pop-up event.  This pop-up event was designed to provide a store-like shopping experience at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham, a school with many vulnerable immigrant families.  The 20 Metrowest families, equaling over 65 individuals, who attended the event were thrilled by the opportunity to “shop” for summer and back to school clothing that otherwise they may not have been able to afford.  In total, over 500 items were distributed to these families in less than 3 hours!  Although our first Clothing Closet pop-up event was able to serve many families, we at JFS know that there is more to be done. This coming fall we aim to be back at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for our second pop-up event, this time featuring winter gear such as hats, coats, and gloves.

If you are interested in donating, volunteering, or have any questions, please contact Rina Wagman at 508-875-3100 x.420 or at: rwagman@jfsmw.org or Kayla Hopkins at 508-875-3100 x.220 or at khopkins@jfsmw.org .

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Job Opening: Program Specialist at JFS

August 5, 2016

Title: Program Specialist at JFS

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) is a Framingham, Massachusetts based non-profit agency that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need. JFS  is a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic organization with deep roots in both the Jewish and general community.

This particular position is centered in JFS’ body of work with low income immigrant children and families as well as in coordination of other immigrant, refugee and community services.

Position:

The Program Specialist will have responsibilities across these primary areas of JFS programs and services:

  1. Youth development services and academic programming in JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps program for low income, mostly Brazilian immigrant children and their families.
  2. Case Management and coordination of expanded refugee resettlement and integration services; including partnership coordination that will principally include synagogues, as well as churches, mosques and professional organizations and volunteers in a new project for Syrian refugee families.
  3. Programming in existing citizenship assistance services.
  4. Programming in pilot initiatives creating access to college for first generation students.

To get a deeper context, please review the JFS 2015 Report to the Community that can be found at www.jfsmw.org

Qualifications:

This is an extraordinary opportunity in a healthy, mission-driven organization for an energetic problem-solver; a social worker wishing to work in a diverse community with individuals and families facing life challenges; to work in a social action environment that engages the community and volunteers in compelling manners; to work in a fast moving, frequently changing environment.

  • MSW or advanced degree in Human Services
  • Strong youth development background
  • Community-organizing and volunteer management experiences
  • Program development/management experiences
  • Prior multi-linguistic, multi-cultural community experiences a plus
  • Prior experience in immigrant resettlement and integration a plus
  • Social entrepreneurial orientation
  • Ability to be successful in a performance management culture
  • Ability to problem solve in real time
  • Ability to be part of an interactive, supportive team with high expectations
  • Ability to set limits and to maintain boundaries
  • Ability to develop and maintain knowledge of resources in the community
  • Ability to multi-task and to operate independently and autonomously

Agency Information:

JFS is a Framingham, Massachusetts based  non-profit agency, founded in 1979,  that provides vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need.  The annual budget is approximately $2.6 million. JFS has deep roots in both the Jewish and the general community. It is a diverse and inclusive organization.

The agency serves Metrowest and Greater Boston area residents regardless of religion, race, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law and promotes inclusiveness and diversity in hiring, retention, promotion and board and committee recruitment. Guided by a tradition of social responsibility and compassion, JFS is dedicated to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds, treating people with dignity and compassion, helping people achieve and sustain healthy lives and independence, providing culturally relevant services and collaborating with community partners to broaden our impacts.

JFS is governed by an unpaid Board of Directors who, with the agency’s chief executive officer and senior leadership team, oversee a staff of 75 who offer a range of vital programs targeted to strengthening children and families, helping individuals and families to “make ends meet,” keeping elders safe and healthy, supporting new Americans and building a strong community. The agency maintains cost-effective programs; utilizes over 200 trained volunteers who work in conjunction with staff.

Dynamic— with Purpose– and Impact.  JFS’ leadership is committed to significant and continued organization improvement that includes constant review of programmatic and financial health metrics. Performance measurement and knowledge management at are central. The programmatic goals are to ensure that all services of the agency demonstrate clear purpose, measurable impacts, high team performance and responsiveness and relevance to the community’s rapidly changing needs and to reach those in a responsible fiscal manner.

Application:

JFS is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities. Women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, Hispanic/Latino/Latina and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please submit electronically a cover letter with resume to

Marc Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer
JFS of Metrowest, 475 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA
mjacobs@jfsmw.org

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JFS Celebrates Inaugural Summer Performing Arts and Learning Program!

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Throughout the month of July students from the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School have been participating in a summer theater program called Performing Arts and Learning (PAL). The program, the brain child of JFS Board Member Robin Welch and an initiative through JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps, was designed to allow students to express their creativity through acting, while also engaging them in academics during the summer months.The students were tasked with writing, directing and producing their own plays, in which their fellow actors starred in during the final show. We encourage those interested in learning more or volunteering with the Reducing Achievement Gaps program to watch this video or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kayla Hopkins at khopkins@jfsmw.org or 508-875-3100 x.220
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Internship: New American Services – AmeriCorps Member

AmeriCorps Internship Opportunity at JFS of Metrowest, Framingham, MA
One Year (September 2016 – August 2017)

The Massachusetts AmeriCorps “New American Integration Program” (NAIP) is an opportunity to serve immigrants and refugees while building and utilizing your professional skills. NAIP is accepting applications from individuals wanting to serve as fulltime AmeriCorps members for the 2016-2017 year. A placement at JFS Metrowest in Framingham, MA will allow the AmeriCorps member to be involved in immigrant services across the agency with particular focus on Citizenship, pre-employment services, refugee resettlement, volunteer recruitment, and support programs for immigrant children and their families. This is a full time 40 hour week service position.

*Those with Portuguese or Arabic language skills preferred

Scope and Expectations:

  • Complete at least 1700 hours of documented service
  • Satisfactorily complete projects in assigned host organization
  • Complete NAIP-wide projects to benefit the field of immigrant integration
  • Attend all corps wide training, retreats and weekly supervisory sessions at host site
  • Maintain a service portfolio and service journal
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation

Service Position Benefits:

  • Living allowance of up to $12,530.00
  • Health insurance
  • Child Care, if eligible
  • High-quality TESOL or community interpreter training and service opportunities
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • $5,775.00 Education Award upon completion of service
  • Interest Accrual Payments on loans placed in forbearance
  • Loan Forbearance

The AmeriCorps Member will be involved in immigrant services across the agency.

  • Citizenship Services –Assist clients in completing the N-400, provide interview and exam prep. Work with civics instructor to assure all students successfully complete the process.
  • Volunteers – Assist Program Specialist in recruiting a cadre of volunteers to assist with all agency immigrant services with a special emphasis on pre-employment.
  • Resettlement Services – Assist case managers in providing reception and placement services and employment support. Create and administer a survey to past resettlement clients regarding employment and educational attainment.
  • Programs for Immigrant Youth and their Families – Work with staff team on Reducing Achievement Gaps program implementation; mentor a group of 4-5 immigrant youth. Assist with planning and coordination of Parent University workshops.

With this mix of direct service work and specific projects across the immigrant services, the AmeriCorps Member will:

  • Provide data on employment and educational attainment of our resettlement clients and increase JFS’ capacity to understand the employment and educational patterns among refugees and asylees.
  • Increase JFS’ capacity to serve immigrant clients through more strategic recruitment and training of a team of immigrant services volunteers.
  • Assist JFS in establishing formal systems needed for better service delivery.

Deadline to apply: August 12, 2016

About JFS

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest’s (JFS) mission is to provide vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives, and support people in need.  JFS provides services throughout Metrowest, primarily in Framingham and surrounding towns, and serves families across the life cycle, from young children to frail elders.  Our programs include adoption services, Geriatric Care Management, citizenship and resettlement services, academic after-school programs, family assistance programs, a food pantry, intergenerational volunteer programs, and many others.

Please contact Sarah Roth at sroth@jfsmw.org or 508-875-3100 x320 if interested in applying.

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JFS Healthy Aging Outdoor Exercise Class in August

 

Healthy Aging August Exercise Class

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