Commitment to Community
The Jewish Family Service commitment to community is a 121-year thread of continuity in offering stability, providing security and creating solutions for those with needs locally.
From the singular purpose of serving Jewish immigrants in 1892, to today’s JFS that is a model of wrap around services for the community so affectionately called “Family,” Jewish Family Service serves thousands of individuals each year in the tradition of helping others help themselves.
Last year's demand for services was unprecedented. In meeting the need, JFS:
- Taught 1,102 members of diverse family groups how to be better parents, children and partners
- Distributed over 344,000 pounds of food (172 tons) to the hungry here at home
- Supported 133 community members in healing from abuse and domestic violence
- Contributed to the well-being of 140 individuals struggling with the disease of addiction
- Helped 62 individuals with developmental disabilities or persistent mental illness to live independently
- Provided 682 clients with critical financial support and emergency services
- Served over 4,500 unduplicated individuals in the JFS Polack Food Bank
- Delivered over 400 holiday baskets throughout the year (with plenty of smiles) to seniors, adults with disabilities and low income family members
For a program by program summary of the JFS commitment to community in 2012 click here. (PDF, 90 KB)