1. I recently lost my job, where can I turn for help?

In this recession, finding a job feels overwhelming, but there are resources in the community that can help.

  • Jewish Vocational Service assists clients across the spectrum of employment experiences and abilities evaluate their interests, aptitudes and experiences to clarify career direction. Clients are offered a range of services which include job placement assistance, networking events and strategy/support groups through the Jewish Employment Network (JEN) and Career Connections for Professionals.
    For information or to schedule an appointment in one of the offices throughout the Chicagoland area call 312-673-3400.
  • Additional employment resources in the community include Illinois Worknet System and CareerOneStop. To search for employment opportunities and supportive services near you, search under “Employment” in the Searchable Database.

    If you are interested in starting a small business:
  • Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Duman Entrepreneurship Center at JVS provides one-on-one counseling at no charge for start-ups and pre-existing small businesses in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Center offers entrepreneurial training, business assistance, mentoring and access to capital. Services include: business plan assessment, loan application assistance, technical assistance, entrepreneurial seminars and business educational training programs, pre-loan and post-loan consultations, networking opportunities, referrals to relevant business and community resources, and ZERO and LOW INTEREST loans for start-ups and small business expansions.

    For information or to schedule an appointment:
    Call (312) 673-3429
    E-mail: sbdcdumancenter@jvschicago.org.