EAST ORANGE, NJ - TAPinto East Orange/Orange was delighted to be invited to cover the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest NJ (JVS) 111 Prospect Street, East Orange as they hosted their annual holiday party Wednesday, December 14, 2016; in a bitter/sweet moment that was the organization’s final celebration in a building that clients have been attending for 20+ years.
In speaking to Allyson Stevens, Youth Volunteer for JVS, we discovered JVS focuses on assisting clients with a variety of handicaps in becoming self-sufficient throughout various life-enhancing services and programs that they offer. “Although this will be a tough transition for many clients, the organization is excited to soon introduce them to a new, state of the art location where staff members will be able to meet their needs more efficiently”, exclaims Stevens.
Stevens introduced TAPinto to some of the clients that have excelled despite almost insurmountable odds.
Ernest Lopez, age 75, a longtime JVS client and artist who created a painting of the organization’s East Orange campus. The image was placed on gift mugs, which were distributed to each client. Lopez has been attending this facility for 20+ years. Five other clients were recognized for excelling in various programs.
Randolph teen Allyson Stevens raised $2,000 for the organization and gave gifts to clients that she collected from area supermarkets JVS provides life-enhancing services on a nonsectarian basis to nearly 20,000 individuals each year.
Founded in 1939, JVS is a nonprofit, community-based health and human service organization, delivering a wide array of personalized services. For more information, please visit http://www.jvsnj.org.