New CEO Announced
Judge Ronald E. Richter, former Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, New CEO of JCCA. More
2015 Generosity 5k Run
25 brave participants from several JCCA programs
participated in the Generosity Brooklyn
5K Charity Run/Walk on Sunday March 29. More
Campus Volunteers: Offering Thanks At This Year's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Our 500 caring volunteers who help vulnerable youth on JCCA’s Westchester Campus were celebrated by our youth at our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner recently. This is what some of them said:
"You make a bad day into a good one, give me the hugs I need, tell me things I need to hear. You bring me hope and love." Anthony
"When I am around my volunteer, something deep and dark inside of me lights up." Christian
"Volunteers are caring and kind...It’s like God put them on earth for a reason. They treat us as their own children in a special and generous way....I am a better person because of them." Joshua
Petition: Tell the U.S. Senate to support sex trafficking victims
Take a stand against sex trafficking and urge the Senate to pass the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act. Every year in the U.S., an estimated 100,000-300,000 children are used for sex trafficking. They are forced into prostitution at ages as young as 12, and can be forced into having sex many times a day. Victims of sex trafficking often experience post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy as outcomes of being trafficked. Sign to show that you care about sex trafficking victims in the U.S.
Child Abuse Prevention Month: Download Our Child Abuse Alert
Check out our recently updated 20-page booklet Child Abuse Alert, which is aimed at the general public as well as friends, neighbors, and family members of children at risk, and professionals who work with children and are legally mandated to report child abuse. Child Abuse Alert outlines the signs of different types of abuse and neglect, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual commercial exploitation. It describes how to report suspected abuse and gives phone numbers. It is being published by Jewish Child Care Association in partnership with the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA). First published in 1998, the booklet is being updated due to the continuing demand from human resources departments, teachers, libraries, and others organizations. Check out the full resource page here.
Autism Awareness Month: Kristen Finds Her Dream Job
Photo: L-R Kristen, Mary, Sarah and Ted H.
From Kristen's speech at the Toast to Success on March 26, 2015:
I have come such a long way since I first came to JCCA’s Compass Project. I was a student at Suffolk County Community College when I was first introduced to Compass. My parents were impressed with how they help people with special needs find jobs after college. Once I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, it was time to find a job. My mom worried about me. I struggled with communicating with people and needed a lot of help having conversations. With the help of a book on interview questions and their expertise, Compass really helped me learn how to communicate better and present myself properly to an employer. This took a lot of hard work and practice, but Compass knew when I was ready for my first job interview. Read Kristen's full speech here.
Jewish Child Care Association is a comprehensive child and family services agency. We work with those who need us most, including children who have been neglected or abused, immigrant Jewish families, and those building new lives. Most of our clients come to us because they struggle with poverty or family crises, and because they are working to create an independent future. JCCA helps more than 16,000 children and families every year and is consistently rated at the highest levels for the quality of our programs. In all our work, we are motivated by tikkun olam, the value within Jewish tradition that calls upon all of us to repair the world, and by our belief that every child deserves to grow up hopeful.