JVS News

Helping Immigrants Break Down Barriers to Getting Better Jobs

November 6, 2017
The Boston Globe: Ana Cristina Garcia is a soft-spoken native of Guatemala City who — despite her diminutive size — can install a bathroom, lay floors and carpets, put up walls, and, in fact, rebuild an entire home. She learned by watching her mother’s husband make repairs after the massive 1976 earthquake laid waste to so many structures in her homeland. While she is a woman of many skills, she lacks an important one: English.
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Boston’s Judaism-infused Investment Experiment

August 10, 2017
e-Jewish Philanthropy: In its early history, JVS assisted Jewish immigrants struggling to enter the American workforce during the Great Depression. Today, the organization helps people from over 67 nations find employment and build careers.
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Learning English in Lynn

August 3, 2017
The Daily Item: When Andie Salvador Bonilla arrived here from the Dominican Republic five years ago, she couldn’t speak a word of English. The language barrier made it tough for the 25-year-old Lynn resident to find a job. After seven months of searching, she finally found work in a restaurant where the staff spoke Spanish.
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New English Learning Program also Aims at Career Advancement

July 27, 2017
Eagle-Tribune: When Gianni Ovalle de Rosario came to Lawrence from the Dominican Republic, she couldn't speak English well. It made her hard to get a job, even though she was trained as an accountant and had experience in that field.
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In Massachusetts, Investors are Betting on Immigrants

July 6, 2017
Institutional Investor: For immigrants moving to the United States, especially those for whom English is not their first language, one of the greatest challenges is finding a good job. At the same time, many employers are desperate to find skilled workers to fill certain jobs.
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