Founded in 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression, the legacy of today’s JVS SoCal began with a single desk in a Bunker Hill office in downtown Los Angeles, serving job seekers who were struggling to survive amid overt workplace discrimination. Eight decades later, the agency is a recognized regional leader in the field of workforce development, offering a broad range of innovative programs to 50,000 individuals each year and advocating on issues of public policy that impact the people we serve.

In 2017, an intensive strategic planning process involving board and staff members as well as donors and volunteers, resulted in a 5-year plan to guide the organization into the future. An agency-wide rebranding campaign was one of the results, including an updated, name, and new mission, vision and values statements.

The organization officially became JVS SoCal on January 1, 2018.

Our Mission

Empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment.

Our Vision

Thriving communities with hope and economic opportunity for all.

Our Values

Respect for individuals and families

Integrity and professionalism in all our interactions

Principled advocacy on behalf of those we serve

Collective and collaborative stewardship

Commitment to uplift communities and serve those in need

JVS SoCal Points of Distinction

Career Training

Since their launch in 2006, the four JVSWorks® Career Training programs have placed 2,000 graduates in growing industries –a combined 81% placement rate. At an average starting salary of $38,600, aggregate graduate earnings are well over $77 million. These programs are tuition free thanks to donor support.

veteran services

The JVS SoCal Veteran Services team operates the L.A County Veterans AJCC as well as our donor-funded Veterans First program which has been recognized with the prestigious Seal of Distinction by Activision/Blizzard’s Call of Duty Endowment, a respected national advocate on veterans’ services and employment.

disability services

The JVS Grossblatt Skills Assessment Center is the only facility in Southern California offering full evaluation services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired and is accredited by CARF, the internationally recognized Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

immigrants and refugees

Since 1931, JVS SoCal has helped immigrants and refugees from around the world. From German and Shanghai immigrants at the end of WWII to Cuban refugees in the 70’s and Soviet Jews in the 80’s, followed by Cambodians and Vietnamese and most recently, those impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan


Since its founding in 1972, the JVS Scholarship Program has awarded over $10 million in need-based scholarships to 5,200 Jewish college students.

America’s job centers 

JVS SoCal operates 4 America’s Job Centers of California – in West L.A., Lancaster, Palmdale and the first-ever Veterans AJCC at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.

serving women

The Women’s Leadership Network has raised nearly $2 million since its inception in 2008, supporting all of JVS SoCal’s programs serving women in need, including free career training and job placement to nearly 1,300 women.

welfare to work

Nearly 15,000 of our clients are transitioning from public assistance to the workplace.

Impact on People

Last year, we provided life-changing services to over 30,000 people, offering hope and opportunity through job training, career-building skills and access to resources through our network of community partners, empowering them to achieve sustainable employment. Factoring in the nearly 20,000 individuals who accessed one of our sites by attending an orientation, using our computer centers, JVS SoCal impacted close to 50,000 in 2017.

Our services are offered at the America’s Job Centers/WorkSource Centers we operate in West L.A., the Antelope Valley and downtown Los Angeles at Patriotic Hall; through L.A. County GAIN, GROW and REAS for people transitioning from public assistance to the workplace, and in our range of innovative donor-supported programs.

Transformation Starts here

Gabriel received Class A Driving training through the AJCC/WorkSource Center to get a well-paying job.

Impact on Southern California Economy

Though the immediate goal of our work is to assist people to move from unemployment or chronic underemployment to a living wage, the long-term effect is that they are able to contribute to their communities, helping to stimulate and grow the local economy.

As regional leaders in the field of workforce development, the agency has been recognized by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and by the Los Angeles Business Journal for our award-winning job training and employment programs and our contribution to the economic health and wellbeing of Southern California.

These statistics only partially reflect the scope of our impact:



People who received direct services, completed a training program, earned a scholarship or increased their career skills


Service locations throughout Los Angeles County, from South L.A. and Culver City to the Antelope Valley



People who visited one of our locations to explore resources, attend an orientation or use the computer center


Job placement rate for graduates of the JVSWorks® Career Training Programs



People transitioning from public assistance to the workforce with our help through L.A. County programs


Number of scholarships awarded to Jewish students in financial need since the JVS Scholarship Program was founded in 1972



Our skilled and dedicated staff members work closely with employers and community partners to achieve our mission


Total of academic scholarships awarded by the JVS Scholarship Committee

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