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Jewish Vocational Service, Inc.
  • 75 Federal Street, 3rd Fl., Boston, MA 02110
  • 617-399-3131
  • Vocational Skills Training
Transitions to Work (TTW)
Program activities:

Transitions reverses the traditional approach to disability employment services by starting with the employer. The program is designed to meet the employment needs of young people with disabilities and change the culture of the employment community. JVS works with employers to analyze targeted jobs and identify skills needed to succeed, staff then designs training that is held at employer sites to give participants necessary job-specific skills in a real workplace. The model creates strong employer partnerships to raise awareness about inclusive hiring practices and recognize young adults with disabilities as qualified candidates. JVS is so committed to this model that when the organization had to transition to remote services in March of 2020, staff quickly secured informational interviews with diverse employers and integrated these interviews into our curriculum. Fortunately, starting in October 2021 Transitions to Work returned to in-person sessions at our employer partners. Since our clients benefit greatly from in-person internships we are hoping to continue training on-site for the foreseeable future. However, during early months of the COVID pandemic JVS developed the capacity that we need to provide our Transitions to Work sessions in a virtual environment if needed in order to protect the health of our clients and staff.

JVS will run 8 sessions, enrolling 8-10 individuals each session. Sessions include 6 hours a week of in-class, training for 5 weeks. This 30-hours of training will focus on skill development in growth industries like food service, retail and hospitality, or service careers in the healthcare industry and will take place on-site at our employer partners like Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge or the CVS Health Workforce Innovation and Training Center in Boston. In addition to the five-week training program on-site at our employer partners, clients will meet an average of one time a week for one hour with their Career Coach in order to pursue, secure, sustain, and hopefully grow their careers.

The initial 1-2 weeks of classroom instruction includes orientation, onboarding, and building skills, while the sessions in weeks 2 – 5 are focused on introducing students to particular sectors of the economy like food service or retail, exploring and potentially securing an industry related credential like a ServSafe Food Handler’s credential, and participating in informational interviews with industry leaders from the sector that we are studying. Every Wednesday session focuses on workplace readiness and provides trainings on topics such as soft/life skills, customer service, and the job search including resume development and interview preparation.

After students complete their session, staff work with the graduates for up to one year to secure paid employment, provide the entry level job coaching they need to sustain the employment, and equip the client to develop a plan and pursue the ongoing education required to develop a growing career. After completing their program year, Transitions to Work Graduates also have the opportunity to participate in bi-weekly Career Readiness Skills Development trainings on Zoom that focus on additional training sessions focused on skills beneficial to the workplace, including: professional boundary setting, work-life balance, stress management, challenging job situations, and budgeting. Transitions to Work also provides additional semi-annual social engagement opportunities for our Alumni such as Trivia Nights and Movie Nights. Alumni are also invited to speak to current students to share their experiences, providing inspiration as well as a professional development opportunity.

UIF – Program Applications


Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Multiply underserved individuals with ADA qualifying disabilities. Cross-disability program serving people on the disability spectrum who are committed to securing competitive employment and growing their careers.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 12
Total hours: 7
Program duration: 52 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 9
Program start dates: 5/2024; 7/2024 (2), 10/2024; 11/2024; 1/2025; 2/2025; 4/2025 (2);
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-3:00pmIndustry Education and Skills Development
9:00am-3:00pmCareer Search/Career Advancement
Other Schedule Information: The Transitions to Work sessions take place at employer locations for six week periods. Clients participate in industry education and hands-on internship three times a week, for at least 2 hours a session, for 6 weeks (avg. of 30 hours a year total). Clients also meet with their Career Coach a minimum of 1x a week per year (avg. 48 hours a year total) to pursue, secure, and advance their careers. On average, clients participate in our program for 82 hours per year.
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

CVS Health Workforce Innovation and Talent Center: 75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110 Accessible by all major Public Transportation trains, MBTA bus lines and trollies.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge: 1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 MBTA Buses connecting from Red, Green or Orange lines drop with in .5 miles of this location
NewBridge on the Charles: 5000 Grand Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026-Accessible via commuter rail, Needham Line
Center for Life Science Boston (Boston Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconness Training Classrooms): 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA 02115-This site is accessible from the MBTA Green Line on either a D or E train as well as multiple buss routes.
Program requirements: CORI check, SORI check
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: ServSafe Food Handler's Certificate; Food Industry Training Certificate; Retail Industry Training Certificate.
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Test/License Fees
Computer and Internet
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Philip Schuchert
Telephone: 617-399-3391
Program code: JVS-VT-TTW
ABAWD Qualifying? No