In 2014, WJCS continued to strengthen Westchester through a network of programs that benefited more than 20,000 residents. Mental health treatment, youth development programming, initiatives for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism, homecare, services for older adults and privately funded programs for the Jewish community helped people confront challenges and achieve their personal goals.
We are honored to share some of the media recognition that our clients, staff and programs received in 2014.
In an article on the business of nonprofits, WJCS' CEO Alan Trager was quoted on the value of WJCS and other nonprofits . He stresses, "...as a $38-million agency with 780 employees, WJCS is a major contributor to the local economy. When you consider the impact of the services it provides, however, WJCS looms even larger. “We serve 20,000 people a year,” he says, “so to the extent we help them get over their depression, work out their relationships, or address their particular disability and they become higher-functioning, more satisfied members of society, we have a clear impact on the economy." Click here to read the Westchester Magazine article.
WJCS, the largest provider of community-based mental health services in Westchester, helps people heal from emotional challenges and trauma. In "Amid Years of Psychic Turmoil, a Glue Gun Helps Keep Her Life Intact",The New York Times featured how creative doll-making helped WJCS client Elaine Baez cope with trauma from an abusive past. View the video and read Elaine’s story.
In 1995 WJCS pioneered Center Lane, the only center for LGBTQ youth in Westchester. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Center Lane continues to serve as a vital resource in the county, providing direct services to youth and community education and training to schools, other human services organizations and government agencies. Click Here Read about Center Lane in Westchester Magazine.
The POINT (Pursuing Our Independence Together) Program, supports young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities or autism spectrum disorders, over age 21, to live fulfilling, independent lives. POINT is a collaboration among young adults, parents, Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) and the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) . Click here to read about the POINT program inWestchester Jewish Life.
The New York Times featured an article on Denise Muller, a participant of WJCS Project Time Out and beneficiary of the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. The article describes the toll Multiple Sclerosis takes on daily lives of individuals like Denise Muller, who are struggling with this illness. The WJCS program Project Time-Out is a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York. Click here to read Denise Muller's story.
WJCS participated in an international movement on #GivingTuesday (December 2). Click here to hear Susan Lewen on Fios1 news.
SAVE THE DATES
WJCS Gala will be held on Tuesday April 21, 2015
at Willow Ridge Country Club.
WJCS Kids' Kloset FashionShow will be held on Sunday March 1, 2015at Old Oaks Country Club.