“Threads of new life” – Syrian refugees take steps toward the future (story 2 in a series by the Boston Globe)

Threads of new life

“Advice for making friends without a common language: Show your classmates who you are until you learn the words to tell them. Make your expressions, your eyes and hands, spell out your empathy and kindness.”

The Boston Globe follows up with the Hayani family in the second part of their series following the experiences of Boston-area Syrian refugees resettled with assistance from the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project.

JFS resolutely stands with refugees and immigrants and is proud to partner with these community leaders, volunteers and activists to provide safety, hope and opportunity to Syrian war refugees.

Read “Threads of new life”
(The Last Refugee, story 2 in an ongoing series)
online at BostonGlobe.com


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Fee for Service Position: Geriatric Care Manager

Fee for Service Position: Geriatric Care Manager will maintains a complex caseload of private geriatric care management clients, including conducting assessments, care planning, advocacy and family liaison work. Some weekend and evening hours will be required to meet client needs. Initial Assessments average 3-5 hours.

Essential functions:
• Conducts care planning assessments to identify problems and provide solutions. Consults with clients and families to address older adults’ healthcare and psychosocial needs and improve their overall care. Creates a comprehensive plan of care as requested.
• Assesses and monitors the client’s mental, physical, and environmental status and makes appropriate recommendations as needed.
• Communicates and facilitates client relationships with family.
• Acts as a liaison to families living outside of the area, overseeing care and quickly alerting families to problems.
• Screens, arranges, and monitors in-home help or other services. Interacts with other in-home services.
• Acts as a medical advocate; may accompany older adult to medical appointments and report back to family as requested. May schedule medical appointments and evaluations as needed
• Reviews financial and/or medical issues and offers referrals to geriatric specialists to avoid future problems while conserving financial resources.
• May assist with filing for Long Term Care Insurance benefits, advocating as necessary for provision of services.
• May organize client’s bills, paperwork and mail as requested. May assist client with budgeting, debt management, and creating electronic systems for bill payment.

Job Requirements:
• Master’s prepared social worker or RN. BSW may be considered with five years experience.
• Flexible schedule required; on-call availability
• Knowledge of aging process, family systems, mental health, healthcare and disability services.
• Minimum of three years’ experience in the field.
• Understanding of the complexity of private pay care management service.
• Strong organizational and problem solving skills
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Valid Massachusetts Driver’s license and up-to-date auto insurance and car available for work
• Ability to travel and visit client’s in their homes or facilities
• Ability to work flexible hours that may include evenings and/or weekends.
• Computer knowledge including ability to work with MS Office and other computer programs as needed.
• Pay commensurate with experience

Click and reply to the Craiglist posting for more information.

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Click to read all about the 2017 Sharp Rescuer Prize 

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The Joukowsky Family Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Sharp Rescuer Prize. Marc Jacobs and Lucia Panichella of JFS of Metrowest, along with community partners Ed and Barbara Shapiro, are honored for their tireless work supporting Syrian refugees through the Jewish Family Service Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project. The work of the Sharp Prize recipients exemplifies the value that each individual can step forward and transform, and even save a life. The Sharp Rescuer Prize promotes humanitarian work in the example of Waitstill and Martha Sharp and seeks to empower rescuers today who sacrifice for others. This social justice award is awarded annually in honor of the Sharps and their commitment to the Unitarian Universalist core values of justice and compassion. Congrats to JFS and team for receiving The Sharp Rescuer Prize!

Click to read all about the 2017 Sharp Rescuer Prize 

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Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project Featured in The Fenway News

The Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project is a coalition across eastern Massachusetts thatkreiter-2syrianarrivalshayani2-met-apps-w-1920_orig includes Synagogues, Islamic Centers, Academia and the Medical community to provide safety, hope and opportunity to Syrian war refugees. JFS has deep roots with refugees and immigrants and resolutely stands by them. We work to support the needs of refugees and immigrants and today’s programming addresses the challenges New Americans face when building a life in the United States.

Temple Israel, located in the Fenway-area of Boston, was the first synagogue partner to join this project. The Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project helps refugee families:

  • Receive assistance for a year, instead of being left to survive on their own in intimidating surroundings for them
  • Find affordable housing
  • Overcome the language barrier
  • Find jobs for the parents, and place the children in school

 Read more about the Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project in The Fenway News to learn how you can get involved.

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Want to volunteer? Become a Patient Navigator!

Patient Navigator is hosting its next volunteer training on June 8th, 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the program read on, or click here to apply to become a volunteer! Flyer-become a PN volunteer-June-8-2017

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JVS Job Opening: Career Navigator


Career Navigator – JVS CareerSolution, Framingham

THIS JOB IS OFFERED THROUGH JVS – If you wish to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@jvs-boston.org. Please indicate in your cover letter where you saw the listing.

Position: Career Navigator Salary Grade: 3
Position Class: Learned Professional Supervises: N/A
Reports to: Director of Professional and Jewish Community Services FLSA: Exempt

JVS is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency. Our mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, and to partner with employers to hire, develop and retain productive workforces.

JVS provides a broad range of services including adult education, skills training, job readiness training, job placement and support, and access to post-secondary education. JVS assists employers in their search for well-qualified job applicants and their initiatives to upgrade the skills of their incumbent workforce.

This Career Navigator works on a partnership initiative called “Ready for Success” with Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and funded by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).

This position is a part-time, benefitted 21 hour per week exempt position. The position may require the career navigator to work up to 20 hours per month in our Boston office, with the remaining time in the JFS/MW office in Framingham. Occasional evening hours are required.

As a key member of the Professional Services team, the Career Navigator delivers innovative, customer-focused, and technology-driven career services to job seekers and actively engages employers leveraging both personal outreach and existing employer relationships of the JVS Business Services team. The navigator, in collaboration with the team, will assist job seekers from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience to conduct successful job searches and obtain employment through both 1:1 career/job search coaching and group workshops that incorporate best practices in adult education and training and advance the use of technology in the job search. This position is results driven and staff will be evaluated on reaching established benchmark metrics.

Essential Job Functions:
Accountability and Results Focused:

– Assist job seekers in goal setting, identifying barriers and mapping out a plan leading to job placement, skills upgrades and career advancement
– Understand and apply knowledge of internet and social media resources for job seekers
– Provide high quality customized 1:1 job search coaching including interviewing, self-marketing strategies, and social media for job seekers and career changers
– Deliver professional quality workshops and facilitate job search groups that demonstrate knowledge of adult education techniques and utilize technology for maximum engagement
– Understand and apply knowledge of local and national labor market trends to assist job seekers to identify career opportunities
– Participate in meetings and planning sessions with JVS staff to monitor services and implement strategies to improve performance and delivery of services
– Actively develop, engage, and maintain employer relationships
– Establish, track, and meet program dashboard indicators using database software
– In conjunction with JFS staff: screen, interview and accept candidates into the “Ready for Success” program based on agreed-upon criteria.
– Conduct 1:1 meetings with clients assessing their needs through interview, observation and examination of records and Refer appropriate clients for adjunct services including financial and legal consultation.

Build relationships, collaboration and teamwork:
– Support and promote the mission and philosophy of JVS both internally and outside the agency.
– Function as part of both the Professional Services team and the larger JVS CareerSolution team to provide high quality employment services.
– Actively develop positive and productive new employer relationships in MetroWest.
– Conduct on-going job development and job referral activities by cold calling employers, attending job fairs, technology searches (LinkedIn, company sites, etc.), utilizing contacts from JFS/MW via board of directors, colleagues at JVS CareerSolution, CJP and all-JVS employment staff.
– Interact in a team environment and establish and maintain harmonious working
relationships with key stakeholders (participants, partner organizations, funders,
organizations, etc.)
– Work effectively with other program and administrative staff
– Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and team-based projects.
– Represent JVS externally to partners, funders and others regarding Ready for Success and the CJP Anti-poverty program

– Demonstrate a professional demeanor with strong customer service skills
– Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with compassion and professionalism.
– Exercise discretion in handling confidential information
– Participate in meetings, in-service trainings, team-based projects, committees
– Understand and promote the best practices of JVS CareerSolution
– Communicate regularly with Supervisor to ensure smooth delivery of services.
– Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

4 years of experience in the workforce development/ job search/career coaching/recruiting/ field with excellent knowledge of coaching tools and strategies.
Knowledge of web-based job search resources and techniques required
Experience in recruitment, job development desired.
Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills required.

EDUCATION REQUIRED: BA/BS in related area (Employment Coaching/Career Counseling, Human Resources, Psychology, Social Work, or Education) or at least 4 years’ experience.

Accountability and Results focused
Adapting to Change
Building Relationships, Collaboration and Teamwork
Cultural Competency and Respect
Communication Skills
Promotes Agency

Demonstrated expertise in producing professional-level resumes
Proficiency in designing/adapting and presenting workshops and group programs on career-related topics
Employer engagement/relationship-building
Tracking program progress and reporting

Mental Demands:
Multiple concurrent tasks
Verbal communication
Detailed work
Written communication
Problem Solving
Analysis of statistical and financial data

Physical Demands:
Sitting, Standing
Speaking, Walking

Special Work Conditions:
This position is a part-time, benefitted 21 hour per week exempt position. The position may require the Career Navigator to work up to 20 hours per month in our Boston office, with the remaining time in the JFS/MW office in Framingham. Occasional evening hours are required.

JVS Culture: JVS is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities. By providing and supporting a work culture that fosters and builds upon diversity and its strengths, JVS will better serve our local communities and continue to provide quality services.

JVS is an employment at-will organization and an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, JVS prohibits retaliation against an applicant or employee because he or she has engaged in protected activity under the statutes prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.

THIS JOB IS OFFERED THROUGH JVS – If you wish to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@jvs-boston.org. Please indicate in your cover letter where you saw the listing.

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Attend a Lunch and Learn, May 8 in Framingham

Healthy Aging Lunch and Learn 3817

Space is Limited – Register Online Today!

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