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About Us

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.

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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

Our Impact

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.

Press Releases

Partnerships Produce Success: Boeing Awards JVS SoCal Veteran Services $100,000 Grant

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 11th, 2020) –The JVS SoCal Veteran Services Division was awarded a $100,000 grant from The Boeing Company in November 2020 infusing the division with funds to bring enhanced career development activities that connects Veterans to industry...

JVS collaborates with Fellows Nonprofits to raise funds for workforce development

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 18th, 2020) – On March 12th, JVS SoCal along with six other participating nonprofits partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) to host The Future Is Working, a Giving Day to develop a stronger workforce for Southern...

America’s Job Centers of California Operated by JVS SoCal and Community Career Development (CCD) Partner to Assist Job Seekers Impacted by War on Drugs

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 11, 2019 – JVS SoCal and CCD, operators of America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs), will begin offering a broad range services at no cost to program-eligible job seekers through an initiative funded by the Governor’s Office of Business...

JVS SoCal Receives $150,000 Grant from S. Mark Taper Foundation

Los Angeles (January 14, 2019) — JVS SoCal is honored…

JVS Women’s Leadership Network Conference Draws Over 500 Attendees and Raises $325,000

Los Angeles -- The WLN 6th Annual Woman to Woman Conference took place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center celebrating the theme Resilience: The Strength of Women. The outstanding speaker lineup included: Justine Siegal, the first woman to...

Barrier-Breaking Women Justine Siegal, Michaela Mendelsohn and Susan Feniger to Address “Resilience: The Strength of Women” at the 2018 JVS Women’s Leadership Network Conference

Los Angeles (Oct 2018) — Over 500 women will gather at the JVS Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) Woman to Woman Conference on Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 a.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center. Now in its sixth year, the annual conference continues to draw a devoted...

JVS Scholarship Program Awards Over $740,000 to 243 College Students In Need

Los Angeles (July 31, 2018) — The JVS Scholarship Program this year helped 243 college students get closer to their higher education dreams when it awarded a total of $744,650 in need-based scholarships, with gifts ranging from $750 to $10,000. “Awarding scholarships...

21st Annual JVS Strictly Business L.A. Looks to the Future of Work and Honors Corporate Giving

Founder and CEO Art Bilger of WorkingNation to deliver keynote speech on the Future of Work and OneWest Bank to be recognized for their support of the JVS BankWork$® program on May 24, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton. LOS ANGELES - April 10, 2018 - PRLog -- Celebrating 21...

Boeing Expands Its Support For Veteran Services with Grants to Nonprofits

Los Angeles – January 16, 2018 -- Boeing has made generous grants of $75,000 each to nonprofits JVS SoCal (formerly Jewish Vocational Service) for the Vets In Tech program and U.S.  VETS for the Outside the Wire program -  two innovative initiatives designed to meet...

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