Resource Spotlight: Jewish Vocational Service

For over sixty years, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) has served refugees and others building new lives in the U.S. In fact, they have been the primary agency in western Missouri responsible for refugee resettlement since 2004. This means JVS serves refugees from any country with everything from airport pickups, moving into an apartment, and orienting to U.S. culture to accessing free English classes, healthcare, mental health services, and employment assistance. All this is accomplished through their Center for New Americans, primarily funded by the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

Jewish Vocational Service in downtown Kansas City at 1608 Baltimore Avenue.

Jewish Vocational Service in downtown Kansas City at 1608 Baltimore Avenue.

JVS and Kansas City Public Schools have built a strong partnership to serve English learners (ELLs) and their families. JVS staff members even accompany students they serve on their first day of school. The agency is the go-to resource for teachers and school administration who become aware of specific needs of ELL families.

Today, JVS has expanded our services to anyone with a barrier, whether due to physical or developmental disabilities, or acculturation difficulties… Because of our broad support base, our agency has positioned itself to be able to work closely with area employers, social service agencies, and health and education facilities in both states.  Serving over 8,000 clients in 2013, JVS engages, encourages and empowers people to achieve social, cultural and economic integration.

Services provided by JVS include:

Services for New Americans (from date of arrival to 120 days in the U.S.)

  • Reception (airport pickup and home orientation)
  • Placement case management (applications for social security cards, food stamps, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, plus ESL referral)
  • Cultural orientation (health, hygiene, nutrition, safety, rights and laws, leases, bills and budgeting, bus use, and school enrollment)
  • Medical case management (health screenings and immunizations)
  • Employment services
  • Warehouse

Continuing Services for Refugees (120 days to 5 years from arrival)

  • Employment services
  • Case management (public assistance, child care, community referrals)

Continuing Integration Services (no time limit)

  • Intensive case management (DV, mental health, parenting, court navigation)
  • Therapy
  • Medicaid/Medicare enrollment
  • SSI/SSDI applications

Continuing Immigration Services (no time limit)

  • Fee for service
  • Visas, green cards, and citizenship

Language and cultural services (also available for schools and other agencies)

  • Fee for service
  • Bridging the Gap (40 hour training program), DV/Child abuse and neglect training, mental health training, municipal court training
  • Cultural competency training

The language and cultural services at JVS include the assistance of approximately 30 interpreters. To inquire about these services, call 816-471-2808 x1159 or email

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One comment on “Resource Spotlight: Jewish Vocational Service
  1. […] after our post about the organization last month, you now know enough about JVS to identify them as the first […]

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