JVS Announces Training Class for Career Services Providers

JVS will offer a 10-week training program beginning September 13 in Southfield for individuals working in career development. The Facilitating Career Development Course is based upon 12 professional competency areas outlined by the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Led by nationally trained and certified instructor Karen Gutman, the class will offer hands-on, practical learning and interaction with colleagues from a variety of work settings. Gutman is director of Business and Career Services at JVS.

“Participants will leave the class with relevant skills, knowledge and tools they need to assist others in planning careers and obtaining meaningful work,” said Gutman. “The course also prepares individuals to apply for nationally recognized professional credentials.”

The program is designed for people who work in any type of career development positions including career counselors, job search trainers, career resource center coordinators, career coaches, career development case manager, school counselors, employment/placement specialists or workforce development staff.

The class will meet from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 13 to Nov. 15 at JVS headquarters, 29699 Southfield Rd., Southfield. Tuition is $1,200 and includes all books and materials. For more information, download the course flyer at http://bit.ly/FCDClass or contact Karen Gutman at kgutman@jvsdet.org or 248-233-4230.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete course requirements. Participants will then be eligible to apply for the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential offered by the Center for Credentialing and Education and the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) credential offered by the National Career Development Association.


About JVS
In its 76th year of helping metropolitan Detroiters maximize their self-sufficiency, JVS is an award-winning human services organization with four main locations in the metro area. The agency helps job seekers jumpstart their careers, provides fulfilling programs for people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged in the community.

JVS Announces Expanded Services for People with Disabilities

JVS is pleased to announce expanded services that will enhance the types of community-based activities available for people with disabilities, offering them more options. Known as “Choices,” the expanded array of services offers individuals the option to work or volunteer in their community, participate in field trips and cultural outings or engage in artistic expression, music therapy, yoga and other enriching activities.

The changes come amid recent trends and state and federal guidelines that advocate for greater community inclusion for people with disabilities. Governmental funding priorities are also shifting in favor of programs that promote more access to the community.

“JVS is committed to providing opportunities for individuals to have a greater sense of personal value, community and choice in how they want to live their lives,” said JVS President and CEO Leah Rosenbaum. “In addition to providing staff support to help some people maintain jobs, others will be supported in finding volunteer work at local nonprofits such as organic farms or food pantries to help build their skills. Based on individual desires and goals, others may be supported by visiting local areas of interest or participating in stimulating activities to build skills and engagement in their community.”

With increased focus on expanding activities available in the community, JVS will phase out its work center in Southfield. The center currently serves approximately 90 people with developmental disabilities who will be offered expanded choices on how to enhance their lives. JVS navigators will work closely with individuals and their family members to educate them on the new choices available and which options meet their interests, desires and needs.

JVS Earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

JVS is proud to announce that the agency has again earned three-year accreditation from CARF International, the international accreditation authority in the fields of rehabilitation, behavioral health, employment and community services.

During the accreditation process, three CARF surveyors from across the country completed the exhaustive examination of JVS’s onsite and offsite programs and business practices. In addition to interviews with staff, program participants and their families, the surveyors talked with employers, board members, funding partners and other stakeholders.

The CARF report highlighted JVS strengths in numerous areas, including programs for people with disabilities. The CARF surveyors applauded JVS’s person-centered approach to connecting people with community services, providing job training and support, and offering an extensive calendar of community events for participants. JVS was also commended for the caring and homelike atmosphere for programs that serve seniors with memory loss.

“This is a peer review process that measures us against best practices and ensures that we’re meeting the needs of the people we serve,” said Leah Rosenbaum, JVS president and CEO. “For JVS, accreditation is an ongoing process that demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement.”

About JVS
JVS is an award-winning human service organization with four main locations in metropolitan Detroit that helps people realize life’s potential through a variety of programs to maximize their self-sufficiency. The agency provides counseling, training, support services and comprehensive programs to the frail elderly, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, unemployed workers, and people who are economically disadvantaged.

John Rakolta Jr. Headlines JVS’s 19th Annual Strictly Business Luncheon

Business leaders who reflect the strength and innovation of Detroit will highlight JVS’s 19th Annual Strictly Business Networking and Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23 at the MGM Grand in Detroit.

Headlining the event is Walbridge Chairman and CEO John Rakolta Jr., who will serve as honorary chair and keynote speaker. Rakolta will welcome an anticipated crowd of nearly 800 business and community leaders and talk about rebuilding Detroit. Strictly Business is a fundraiser to support JVS in its efforts to put metro Detroiters back to work.

“This event exemplifies who we are and what we do,” said Joshua Eichenhorn, Strictly Business co-chair. “We will showcase the success stories of three people who JVS helped to overcome obstacles to employment. These individuals will each receive an Employee of the Year Award at the event.”

In addition, event goers will hear from two successful young business owners receiving awards from JVS. Paul Glomski, co-founder and CEO of Detroit Labs, will accept the 2016 JVS Business Leadership Award on behalf of his company, Detroit Labs, and Zack Sklar, majority owner and chef of Peas & Carrots Hospitality, will receive the 2016 JVS Rising Entrepreneur Award.

“While Sklar and Glomski’s relatively young companies reflect a burgeoning Detroit, Rakolta’s firm symbolizes its strong foundation,” said Eichenhorn. “They are helping to build momentum in Detroit’s comeback.”

Founded in Detroit in 1916, this year marks the centennial for Walbridge, one of America’s largest privately owned construction companies. The Detroit-based firm has built iconic projects such as Olympia Stadium, Orchestra Hall and the Ford Rouge development, and withstood economic highs and lows that have been devastating for the construction industry.

During Rakolta’s tenure, Walbridge has grown from a regional firm with annual sales of $40 million in the mid-1970s to a global entity registering sales of more than $1.5 billion in 2014. The company is ranked among the largest contractors in America and it tops domestic automotive manufacturing construction.

Rakolta has been a leader in both business and the community and is noted for taking on the region’s toughest challenges, including job creation, education, diversity and health care. Especially passionate about transforming the Detroit Public Schools, he currently co-chairs the Coalition for the Future of Detroit School Children. The group issued recommendations in 2015 and continues to advocate for stabilizing the troubled school district to ensure a quality education for all Detroit schoolchildren.

“Through his work with the Detroit Schools coalition and other groups such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and New Detroit, John has shown remarkable commitment to rebuilding Michigan and Detroit,” said Leah Rosenbaum, JVS president and CEO. “We’re thrilled he’ll share his insight with us at Strictly Business.”

Strictly Business is co-chaired by Joshua Eichenhorn and Jeffrey Tischler. Find details about sponsorships and registration at www.jvsdet.org/strictlybiz or contact Judy Strongman at jstrongman@jvsdet.org or (248) 233-4213.

About JVS
JVS is an award-winning human services organization with four main locations in Metropolitan Detroit that helps people realize life’s potential through a variety of programs to maximize their self-sufficiency. The agency helps job seekers jumpstart their job search, provides meaningful services to people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged.

JVS eCycle Opportunities Earns R2/RIOS™ Certification

JVS is proud to announce that its eCycle Opportunities subsidiary recently earned Responsible Recycling (R2) and Recycling Industry Operating Standard® (RIOS) certifications, ensuring best practices in electronics recycling and data security.

eCycle Opportunities provides certified secure data removal, IT asset management and environmentally responsible recycling while providing jobs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

“Achieving R2/RIOS certification demonstrates a commitment to high national and global standards,” said Stacey Lareau, JVS director of business development. “The certification ensures that our work is carried out in a manner that protects people, the environment and data security.”

In addition to recycling electronics that are dropped off by individuals at JVS’s Southfield headquarters, eCycle Opportunities helps local companies and organizations evaluate their electronic assets to determine if they could be refurbished and sold or if they should be recycled. Oakland County, Lawrence Technological University, The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit and others currently contract with eCycle Opportunities for e-waste management.

“Our R2/RIOS certification gives companies and organizations assurance that their data is handled securely, and that none of their equipment ends up in a landfill,” explained Lareau. “It also provides the same benefit to individuals who want a convenient, safe and secure way to properly recycle their electronic goods.”

JVS’s eCycle Opportunities team has already dismantled and recycled more than 180,000 pounds of computers and other electronics. For further information on how your company can work with eCycle Opportunities, contact Lareau at (248) 233-4292 or slareau@jvsdet.org.

About JVS
JVS is an award-winning human services organization with four main locations in Metropolitan Detroit that helps people realize life’s potential through a variety of programs to maximize their self-sufficiency. The agency helps job seekers jumpstart their job search, provides meaningful services to people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged.

JVS Seeks Employers for May 11 Job Fair in Southfield

Employers: fill your job openings by meeting and prescreening job candidates at the third annual JVS Job Connection from 9 a.m. to noon, May 11, at the Southfield Pavilion in Southfield. Open to the general public and veterans at no charge, the job fair is expected to attract hundreds of job seekers.

Job Connection will feature more than 30 companies, including Little Caesars, Speedway, Sunset Grown, Cintas, Oakland County, Robert Half and more.

A few recruitment booths for companies are still available. Companies interested in participating may contact Linda Baker at lbaker@jvsdet.org or (248) 233-4274.

JVS, a career resource for job seekers and employers, sponsors the event in partnership with Oakland County Michigan Works!, the City of Southfield and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

About JVS
JVS is an award-winning human service organization with four main locations in metropolitan Detroit that helps people realize life’s potential through a variety of programs to maximize their self-sufficiency. The agency provides counseling, training, support services and comprehensive programs to the frail elderly, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, unemployed workers, and people who are economically disadvantaged.

JVS Seeks Employers for May 13 Job Fair

Employers can fill job openings by meeting and prescreening hundreds of job candidates at the 2nd annual JVS Job Connection from 9:30 a.m. to noon, May 13, at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park. Open to the general public, the job fair is expected to attract hundreds of job seekers.

Job Connection will feature more than 30 companies, including Talmer Bank, Suburban Collection, Shinola, Claw Logic, Lowe Campbell Ewald, Home Depot and more. A few recruitment booths for companies are still available. Companies interested in participating may contact Linda Baker at lbaker@jvsdet.org or (248) 233-4274.

Job seekers may attend at no charge. The event also will include a panel of employer hiring experts and onsite coaching by career experts from JVS and Michigan Works! Visit www.ActNow.Jobs for more information.

JVS, a career resource for job seekers and employers, sponsors the event in partnership with Michigan Works!, the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

JVS Vice President Named Human Resources Executive of the Year

The American Society of Employers has named Livonia resident Teresa Schwartz HR Executive of the Year in the Health and Human Services category with fewer than 500 employees. The award recognizes the meritorious work by executives in the field of Human Resources Management, and distinguishes those who represent the best in their profession.

Schwartz has more than 35 years of HR experience. For over 22 years, she has directed the HR functions at Southfield-based JVS, which employs 350 full-time, part-time and on-call employees at four JVS offices in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties as well as locations in the community where staff are contracted to work.

Several contracts are with governmental agencies, which have scrutinized JVS’s HR practices during comprehensive audits and lauded JVS for its compliance with best practices.

Schwartz also oversaw the development and launch of HR Solutions Group, a JVS subsidiary which helps other businesses and nonprofits strategically manage their human resource functions.

“This business venture brings in revenue to support unfunded or underfunded services that are at the core of the agency,” explains JVS President and CEO Leah Rosenbaum. “This protects the people we serve while making a critical impact in the HR field in metropolitan Detroit. We congratulate Teresa on being a leader in her field, which ultimately contributes to JVS’s reputation of excellence.”