JVS Year End Appeal 2018

JVS Year End Appeal Campaign, 2018

Dear Friend of JVS,

Every day at JVS, we work to build thriving communities strengthened by diversity.JVS believes that all people have intrinsic worth and dignity and all people can flourish with support. With help from compassionate supporters like you, JVS continues to help people strengthen their families, find employment and build new futures. An investment in JVS is an investment in our continuing efforts to inspire dignity, confidence, and self-worth.






Nur has never stepped foot on his family’s homeland of Somalia. Due to war and religious persecution, Nur was born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The camp was all he knew; he survived, fell in love and married his wife Ardo. In 2014, they received notice Ardo was coming to Kansas City. In December of 2014, Ardo arrived in Kansas City 6 months pregnant. Ardo worked with JVS to find employment and quickly started a job cleaning office buildings.

Nur patiently awaited his notification in hopes to soon be reunited with his wife and newborn son, Ali. After almost 3 years, in October of 2017, he finally arrived in Kansas City. Nur was ecstatic to finally be with his family. JVS helped him find a job at Champion Sports, Inc., and Ardo graduated from a seamstress training program where she learned skills to help develop her future career path.

Recently they welcomed a second son, and as a family, they are building their lives in Kansas City.

“JVS staff were the ones who picked me up from the airport and they are helping me still today. I am so thankful (to JVS) .”  






Alaura, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a young child, dreams of becoming a professional chef and having her own restaurant. The JVS summer work experience, which combines on-the-job training and classroom learning, started her on her path in the food industry. Last summer, Alaura worked at HyVee, where she excelled at her job and was celebrated and supported by her co-workers. Her summer job was so successful that she was offered a permanent position, and she continued to gain valuable experience in the workforce. Ten months later, Alaura was seeking further career growth and reached out to JVS to help update her resume and strategize her next move. Alaura applied and was hired at Price Chopper, in the deli and produce department, where she is working more closely with food preparation and learning new skills. The summer work experience helped her build relationships with her new co-workers, and she loves being a part of a team. She is excited to come back to JVS for support as she continues to build her career in the food industry.

“JVS has helped me through a lot. I love how positive JVS is because it makes you want to keep going.”

Please invest in our continuing efforts to inspire dignity, confidence, and self-worth. 

Your tax-deductible donation enables us to continue helping people like Nur and Alaura, giving them the opportunity to support themselves and achieve their dreams. 

You can easily and securely make your gift online at https://www.jvskc.org/give/ 


With friends like YOU we continue to transform lives every day. Your gift makes it possible to provide opportunities and hope to people in our community.


Hilary Cohen Singer                                                                                                              A. Donald Wise 

Executive Director                                                                                                                      President