A force for social justice, JVS Chicago is a 501C(3) non-profit serving more than 5,000 employees, employers and entrepreneurs annually with programs for adults, youth, and people with disabilities. The Opportunity: Employees with disabilities offer a large untapped talent pool for employers. While business is challenged with an aging workforce and a shortage of skilled Read More →
Dwight Reed and Dontrell Peterson are standing by a big table in a warehouse examining what are known as “burial flags,” the American flag each military veteran’s family is eligible to receive when a veteran dies. They are going over each flag stripe by stripe, star by star, measuring the flag carefully and checking the Read More →
By Leah Rudy, Client Services Supervisor, JVS Chicago Many people in business ask and are concerned about hiring someone with a disability to work in their companies. Below I have debunked three of the common myths and misconceptions about jobseekers with disabilities. Cost Employers may feel that it is going to cost them a lot Read More →
Ready for Your Interview: How JVS Chicago Prepares Clients to Meet Employers, and Questions Employers Can Ask to Find the Right Candidate
Interviewing job candidates can be stressful. How will you know if a person will be the right fit? What questions can you ask to determine a candidate’s experience and value? In issue after issue of jvs@work, the JVS Chicago enewsletter for employers, executives have complimented JVS Chicago on how well-prepared its job candidates are, Read More →
Early this year, after a six-month planning stage, JVS Chicago introduced an easier way for clients to receive all the services they need. JVS Chicago emulated its allied agency Jewish Child & Family Services by going to a system of one phone number (855.INFO.JVS), one email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a skilled Access team of clinicians Read More →
The federal government has attempted to take a leadership role in improving employment for people with disabilities. Only last month, new regulations in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act went into effect that encourage federal contractors to employ more people with disabilities and mandate better record keeping about hiring of people with disabilities.
February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month, a time when the North American Jewish community raises awareness and fosters inclusion of people with disabilities and their families. Its message, “From Awareness to Inclusion,” affirms to people of all faiths that people with disabilities need to be included in society rather than segregated: segregation is discrimination.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc., a powerhouse in the restaurant industry led by founder Richard Melman, looks for high quality employees.That inclusive approach to hiring led to a partnership with JVS Chicago – so successful that the agency has named LEYE as “Employer of the Year” at JVS Chicago’s annual meeting on Sept. 16.