When Dr. Jeffrey Farber, President and CEO of The New Jewish Home, took the stage at the Senior Living Innovation Forum, he came bearing an inspiring story. The story was about SkillSpring, an innovative workforce development program that The New Jewish Home launched back in 2006 to address a major challenge in senior care - the shortage of qualified healthcare workers.
SkillSpring stands out from typical workforce programs. It targets an overlooked talent pool – young adults from under-resourced neighborhoods – and prepares them for living-wage careers in healthcare through paid internships, intergenerational mentoring, hands-on training and tuition-free credentialing courses.
The results have been remarkable. Over 1,100 graduates have gone on to guaranteed jobs providing compassionate care to seniors. Now, with the success of the SkillSpring model proven, The New Jewish Home aims to extend its life-changing opportunities to marginalized youth across the country.
In his presentation, Dr. Farber gave a compelling overview of how SkillSpring is making a difference both for its graduates and for meeting the growing need for skilled geriatric caregivers. His passion and vision left no doubt that innovative approaches like this are critical for the future of senior living. It's no wonder the SLIF audience found themselves inspired by the possibilities.
You can watch Dr. Farber’s illuminating SLIF talk below...