Language and Cultural Services

Interpreter Services

How can JVS Interpreter Services help you communicate effectively with new communities?

language and cultural services 1High Quality Services

For face-to-face appointments or over the phone, JVS provides skilled and reliable interpreters:

  • Health care appointments
  • Parent-teacher conferences
  • Law offices
  • Social services

For written translation of specific documents, JVS provides experienced and accurate translators:

  • Web pages
  • Immigration documents
  • School flyers
  • Health care forms

Alanguage and cultural services 2ffordable Rates

JVS Interpreter Services offers affordable rates and quality services in over 35 languages. We offer a non-profit rate and a for-profit rate for both interpreting and translating.


Bridging the Gap Interpreter Training

JVS offers the longest-running, nationally-based interpreter training program in the region, Bridging the Gap™ , a 40-hour medical and social services training for bilingual interpreters. Interpreters earn a Certificate of Completion in Bridging the Gap after passing a final exam. (Bridging the Gap is the interpreter training program and NOT the Kansas City recycling organization, also called Bridging the Gap.) 

  • The Interpreter’s Code of Ethics
  • The Roles of an Interpreter
  • Health care terminology
  • Cultural competency

To apply, check the listing of dates for our Saturday class. Then download the application and return to

JVS also offers specific and advanced interpreting training courses throughout the year. A Certificate of Completion is issued by JVS once the interpreter passes a final exam.

We offer cultural competency in-service training for health care and social services professionals on the front-lines of service. Training sessions are designed in collaboration with you to meet your requirements and timeframe. A few examples include:

  • Refugee and immigrant communities: cultural practices
  • How to communicate effectively with an interpreter
  • Standards for providing interpretation and translation


JVS Interpreter Services serves over 90 clients from all sectors, including:

  • University of Kansas Hospital Authority
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • KC Care Clinic
  • Kansas City Health Department
  • The Family Conservancy
  • The Whole Person
  • The Kansas City, Missouri School District
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • WyJoCare (Wyandotte and Johnson County Medical Society)
  • Truman Medical Center and Truman Behavioral Health
  • Metrocare

“Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) has used JVS for interpreting services for almost two years and it’s been a great partnership! Whether translating for families in our Special Education Department or assisting our ELL students during state testing, JVS has accommodated all of our needs – many times with very short notice. The interpreters are professional, talented, and on time! Annual district surveys given to parents indicate higher approval ratings for the district with our ELL parents. We attribute this to the increased usage of interpreters during parent meetings. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with JVS for many more years”.

-Dr. Vickie Murillo
Assistant Superintendent, Accountability, Assessment and Academic Precision

Contact Information

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Maria A. Rodriguez, Interpreter Services Coordinator, 816-629-8933

For information on Interpreter Training and/or Cultural Competency Training, please contact:

Catherine Anderson, Manager of Language and Cultural Services, 816-629-8908