Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson celebrated its 63rd year on Sunday, November 15, at the Rockleigh.
As it honored Geoffrey Lewis for his dedication and leadership, it launched a fundraising campaign, which he will spearhead, for its new employment services initiative.
Although the economy is improving, and unemployment levels have declined to just above 5 percent, there is still significant need in the community. Statistics shows many people still are out of work, many others can find only part-time work, and it is particularly hard for people above 50 to find jobs. Not only do they suffer age discrimination, but the changes in technology affect their ability to search.
JFS once offered help to people looking for work, but its ability to provide that service fell victim to the financial crisis. Now, it hopes to offer those services — a holistic approach to job searching that will offer retired executives as mentors to job searchers, as well as helping them with resume building, interview coaching, and job-skill retooling.
JFS is committed to re-establishing its employment-related services. It has begun the seed funding for this new initiative but is actively pursuing financial support. To contribute to this project, or to learn more about Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson, go to jfsbergen.org or call (201) 837-9090.