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.

Our Mission

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

JVS SoCal Points of Distinction

  • An 87-year legacy of service to our diverse community
  • JVS SoCal operates the first-ever Veterans AJCC (America’s Job Center of California) at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles
  • Recognized by Mayor Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council and Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Business Journal for the excellence of our proprietary job training programs
  • By 2018, JVS SoCal was operating 4 America’s Job Centers of California – in West L.A., Lancaster, Palmdale and at Patriotic Hall
  • 240 skilled and dedicated staff members, delivering services from over 20 sites throughout Los Angeles County
  • 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
  • Assisting close to 33,000 clients each year, with an additional 17-20,000 individuals accessing our services, totaling over 50,000 people
  • Beginning in the late 1940’s, JVS SoCal became an advocate and innovator in the fields of rehabilitation, workplace accommodation and fair employment practices, writing to President Roosevelt about discrimination in the railroad industry
  • Nearly 15,000 of our clients are transitioning from welfare to work
  • 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
  • Since their launch in 2006, the three JVSWorks® programs have placed 1,460 graduates –a combined 81% placement rate. At an average starting salary of $38,600, aggregate graduate earnings are well over $56 million, at a per-student cost of $5,100, this represents a 7 to 1 social return on investment
  • For two decades, WoMentoring has offered free career mentoring to women, empowering them to advance in their careers
  • Since World War II, JVS SoCal has served returning veterans
  • Since its founding in 1972, the JVS Scholarship Program has awarded over $8.5 million in need-based scholarships to 4,600 Jewish college students
  • The JVS Veterans First program 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
  • In 2019, JVS SoCal will produce two major fundraisers at the Skirball Cultural Center: The 22nd Annual Strictly Business Awards on Wednesday, June 19 and the 7th Annual WLN Woman to Woman Conference on Thursday, November 20th.

2017 JVS SoCal Audited Financial Statement
2016 JVS SoCal IRS Form 990