Member Profile: St. John’s Community Services (SJCS)

St. John’s Community Services (SJCS) is a nonprofit that has been making a lasting impression on its community for decades.

St. John’s Community Services (SJCS) is a nonprofit that has been making a lasting impression on its community for decades. SJCS has been in operation for 150 years, being one of the oldest nonprofit organizations founded in the District of Columbia. Founded with the mission of creating a world of possibility where before there was none, SCJS has approximately 1,200 employees across 5 states who value meeting people where they are, bridging the divide between a person’s abilities and limitations, and providing accessible services and programming to support others in fulfilling their purpose-driven lives.

As a healthcare provider, St. John’s Community Services have come a long way in adapting to the changing climate, such as during COVID-19. They’ve stayed up to date with the latest technologies, protocols, and guidelines, as well as invested in research and utilized telemedicine to provide the ultimate care to meet the needs of their patients. In addition, they worked closely with public health officials and government agencies and continue to ensure the community is safe and healthy.

Their scope of services includes intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), homelessness aid, enabling technology, employment services, art, and more. They plan to expand services by adding nutritionists and occupational therapists. One of their most notable services and accomplishments is their Oasis project–which provides permanent, safe, and stable housing to at-risk youth in Washington DC, as well as case management, counseling, and life skills training. This project, which has expanded to other states, reflects SJCS’s positive impact and high-quality care–resulting in recognition from other organizations. Overall, the nonprofit is dedicated to allocating essential assistance to those in need in the District of Columbia and beyond.

SJCS finds participating in DC Chamber of Commerce events a valuable method for fostering connections with other businesses while enhancing their credibility in the community. They plan to become more engaged in the Chamber committees by encouraging members to get involved and participate.

St. John’s Community Services prides itself on fostering a supportive work environment with competitive salaries and benefits packages for its team members, encouraging a positive work-life balance, self-care, and career growth. They are committed to advocating for and serving people of all abilities regardless of circumstances or age–ensuring that everyone has the chance to thrive, and no one is left behind.

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