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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.

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

Employee Spotlight: Julian Hampton

What motivates you to wake up and go to work? What motivates me every day is the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. I love to teach and mentor, so being able to use my personal and professional experience to help my students achieve success is... read more

Employee Spotlight: Laura Evans

Employee Spotlight: Laura Evans, Job Coach for the GROW Program We are launching a monthly Employee Spotlight series to acknowledge the remarkable work our staff does every day and surface stories of the amazing individuals behind the JVS SoCal team. This will be a... read more

JVS SoCal Launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund

For nearly 90 years, JVS SoCal has been guided by the same vision — thriving communities with hope and economic opportunity for all. With your help and support, we have responded to this crisis by providing direct, impactful assistance and supportive services to... read more

LAPD Academy Graduation

John Gutierrez, Deputy Director of Veteran Services, has continued to service clients and find opportunities to work with our community and employment partners. One of Veteran Services’ largest employer partners is LAPD, who hired over 55 Veterans from our program in... read more

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