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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Counseling

Mission: Jewish Family Services mission is to provide vital, high quality and innovative social services to people in need, regardless of their background.

Results: JFS extends a helping hand or listening ear to more than 10,000 people on an annual basis. We have provided more than 100,000 meals to children and families in need.

Target demographics: low-income, children, families, individuals, counseling, emergency, adults

Geographic areas served: Greater Orlando/Central Florida/Winter Park

Programs: Emergency Assistance includes traditional financial aid for rent/mortgage and utilities in a one-time assistance program as well as the distribution of food through the Pearlman Food Pantry. Once eligibility is determined, emergency assistance services are scheduled by appointment. Food clients are generally eligible for food once every six months. JFS caseworkers receive more than 120 telephone calls a day for help. With the current economic conditions, JFS is experiencing a 33% increase in requests for emergency services. The Family Stabilization Program (FSP) is a preventative, solution-based long term case management program designed to increase self-sufficiency in low income families through intensive 6-month case management and education.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As an employee for over 15 years, I have seen many changes at JFS. The Agency has grown tremendously over the years and I know how hard the staff works, whether it's by direct client service, fundraising or working "behind the scenes" to ensure programs and technology are running efficiently which enables us to help more people every day. I've seen the faces of hungry families leaving with food, I've seen the gratitude of someone who just got help with their rent payment. I've seen distraught people come for counseling and I've seen countless volunteers come through our doors who tirelessly donate their time and talents. I've met many of the donors who are loyal supporters of our Agency. Regardless of the role each of us has with the Agency, we all share one common goal....to reach out and help someone in need. It is the heart and soul of the Agency.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I helped to develop a program at Jewish Family Services called the Family Advocacy Program. If a family wanted to send their children to Hebrew or Sunday School in a synogogue, or wanted to send their children to join a program at the Jewish Community Center we would help them. They were families embarrassed to go to the temple or organization and say they needed financial or emotional support. We would become their advocate and represent them to the organization. We would also fund raise to have extra dollars to help families that had special needs. We would visit them in their homes and help them feel more connected with the community.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for the JFS for several years now. I am on the committee that plans the annual fund-raising gala. This is my favorite non-profit organization because it helps so many people in the community. It provides food for families in need through the food bank, counseling for famlies in crisis, and support and counseling for children to cope with family stresses. The JFS also provides meals and free transportation to the elderly. In this economy hard times can fall on anyone or any family. An organization that provides emergency help is needed more than ever.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for many non-profits for many years but JFS is the first one I have worked with that has helped so many people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds and all ages. Its mission is to heal the world and it does so much for so many people every day, week, month, year. However, there is never, ever enough money. I know that all organizations need money but I hope you will give JFS special consideration. Just think, no matter what color, what religion, what age, what ethnic background, this agency is there for you -- with food, rent money, gas money to get to a job, training to get a job and more. Please, consider helping JFS do what it can to help heal the world

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Board Member

Rating: 5

JFS is a very worthy organization. It helps so many people in the community but could help even more with more funding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer in the food pantry at JFS. I stock shelves and come into direct contact with people in need of food. The JFS food pantry is not big in size, but makes a tremendous impact. The thankfulness of the people going home with food says it all.

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richard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JFS is my favorite non-profit agency in town. The staffs tireless efforts help enrich the lives of so many people is the community. No matter what your faith, JFS serves all persons in need who are willing to reach out and ask for help!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Jewish Family Services reaches out selflessly to people, regardless of their faith. Their sole aim is to ease hurt and reinforce the integrity of family. They are truly a blessing to their community.

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