Today marks 75 years since JVS Toronto first opened its doors on June 16, 1947 to welcome Holocaust survivors and veterans in need of employment after the Second World War.
At the time, the tremendous distress and uncertainty experienced by these individuals required much more support than just help finding a job. JVS Toronto developed a work-adjustment program to prepare them for employment and to build meaningful lives in Canada. We expanded our reach, building off that model to support individuals with disabilities, mental health issues or addictions creating pathways to more fulfilling lives.
We started with humble beginnings in a small office on Spadina Avenue and now, 75 years later, we have 9 locations across the GTA and served close to 16,000 individuals last year. Today, JVS Toronto continues to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. Whether we are responding to crises occurring on a global scale, such as providing support to refugees escaping the war in Ukraine, or addressing local needs in our community, we continue to honour our roots. JVS Toronto remains committed to breaking down barriers faced by marginalized groups to help them achieve self-sufficiency through employment.
We are grateful for the generosity of our donors that help us meet the needs of those who need us most. If you would like to provide support for those looking for meaningful employment, please visit jvstoronto.org/donate.
Chief Executive Officer, JVS Toronto