County Executive Helps Break Ground For
New Jewish Vocational Service Dime Store

  Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders (second from right) participates in the groundbreaking for The JVS Baltimore Ave. Dime Store.

JUNE 6, 2008 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders participated in the June 2 groundbreaking ceremony for The JVS Baltimore Ave. Dime Store.

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) presented the concept for the store to the Jackson County Board of Services, and the Board was the first to offer its support for the project with a $50,000 grant. The store will be part of the JVS main building at 1608 Baltimore in Kansas City, which includes a sheltered workshop that employs more than 30 adults with disabilities. The store will provide additional employment opportunities for these men and women.

"The JVS Baltimore Ave. Dime Store will fulfill a need in the Crossroads neighborhood, and we are also excited about the additional employment opportunities it will provide for the men and women working in the Sheltered Workshop," said JVS Executive Director Joy Foster. "Without the generous support of our friends and associates none of this would be possible."

JVS was established in 1949 to assist Holocaust survivors, refugees and displaced persons build new lives in the United States. In addition, JVS developed services to meet the vocational rehabilitation needs of returning World War II veterans, a significant number of whom were disabled.

Today, the organization has expanded to help anyone with a barrier, whether due to physical or developmental disabilities, or acculturation difficulties. JVS serves 14 counties in both Missouri and Kansas. Visit www.jvskc.org for more information.



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