Jewish Child & Family Services

Rating: 4.97 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Human Services

Location: 216 W Jackson Blvd Suite 800 Chicago IL 60606 USA

Mission: It is the mission of Jewish Child & Family Services to provide help, healing and caring services infused with Jewish values to strengthen lives in the community.
Results: JCFS is committed to tracking the progress of our clients as well as the quality of care we deliver. Some of the results we have seen this past year include: 92% of children in our Therapeutic Nursery improved how they relate with others; 92% of clients in our Counseling program reported that services met their needs; and 89% of families receiving Respite Services said that they feel more supported.
Target demographics: Children, adults and families, infants through older adults, living in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Geographic areas served: JCFS has 11 locations with offices in Downtown Chicago, West Rogers Park, Lombard, Arlington Heights, Prairie View, Northbrook, Skokie and Flossmoor.
Programs: Services include counseling, treatment for individuals with disabilities, respite care, special educational programs, and residential care for abused and neglected children.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

We had a wonderful experience with JCFS and a trusted counselor Rick Simon and his supervisor Deanna Shoss when we took in 4 foster nephews/niece. They literally helped us get through this mind boggling experience. We couldn't have done it without them! Their words of wisdom and encouragement to us all ... still help us (hopefully) to be better parents today! Truly a special place in our hearts! The kids still talk about how much they miss them too!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

JCFS is a great and helpful place for so many people and people of different ages. I love being involved there and will continue to be!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

JCFS is a wonderful agency that offers an array of services to the community. I recommend this agency for your needs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

JCFS is the best. Everyone is caring, halpful, and friendly. Without their help I don't know where I would be right now. They have helped me in every aspect of my life. THANK YOU AiLL. - TRACY

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with JCFS for nearly 4 years as a board member. Prior to that I was a donor. I remain in awe in the dedication of the staff, the board, and the volunteers who serve the clients with care and kindness and are constantly looking for ways to improve the experiences. An example is two of our board members donated their time and energy to help in the creation of a life skills center to help our students who needed to learn how to cook simple meals, do simple home tasks, and more. One of these board members helped assess the construction needs and the other one had "shower" which allowed community members to donate the necessary items -- large and small -- to outfit the room. This is just one example of many of the kind of above and beyond folks do to make sure that the community gets the optimal benefit from JCFS's services.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

JCFS is a phenomenal organization that provides vital, individualized, result driven services to improve the lives of 1000's of adults, children and families through the Chicago community each year. What really makes this organization work is the talented, dedicated staff who constantly and consistently go above and beyond. The most recent example is how the staff identified a need in the community to provide some late afternoon programming that would give families who have children with disabilities some additional fun programming that would provide social engagement, nurture general wellness, and further enhance skill building. The program offers art projects, martial arts, tutoring, Jewish studies, basketball and other sports activities to the children with the disabilities, parents, and other children within the family. The program is important because these children don't have access to after school programming due to their special needs, and it allows families to participate and just let loose after a long day, or parents can drop their kids off and take the time as respite. It's thinking like this and programs like this which make JCFS the awesome agency that it is.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a member of the board I have spoken with staff, volunteers and other board members and heard and seen the glowing reviews the agency receives for how it values its clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would (and am) helping to get the word out so that more people know the value of JCFS in the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Years ago as a new mom living on a social service salary, I desperately needed affordable child care for my son so that I could continue to work full time. Family members on either side were out of town and no one was available for us to tap into. A colleague told me about a wonderful program that JCFS (than JCB) was running offering specialized home daycare to those who qualified at an amazing low cost weekly fee! I made a call, filled out some paperwork and after agreeing to seeing a counselor consistently to discuss early parenting challenges I might be encountering, my son was able to attend a nurturing, home day care environment 5 days a week for the next year and a half! That program was a blessing for me and my family and my child got such loving, consistent care there. I will always be grateful!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with JCFS for many years in various programs. I have seen many lives change for the better through the dedicated and well trained staff and volunteers. I feel privileged to be a part of such an amazing organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been on the JCFS board for about 4 years. In that time I've learned about all the wonderful programs and just how many children and families this organization touches. Whether giving parents of special needs kids a well-deserved respite, providing counseling services, assistance to those who just can't make ends meet, a camp for children with disabilities, helping adoptive parents navigate the system, or much more, this organization is vital to the community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've attending Project Esther workshops to gain educational credits for the adoption process.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They are doing a terrific job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My autistic daughter moved from New York (where she was living with my ex-husband) to Chicago to live with me. I was absolutely overwhelmed and unsure of where to go and what to do regarding services for her. JCFS was a beacon of light that guided the way. Everyone there is professional, friendly and organized! I've had all my questions answered in a timely manner. The organization has been helpful with the confusion of applying for various services with the state and local governments. It's a great network to meet other parents in similar situations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending the lectures and in the future, attending workshops dealing with special needs issues. My daughter goes to social events there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jewish Child & Family Services has been such a life saver for our family. They have provided our two special needs children with the most wonderful respite care. We are so very grateful for this truly fantastic organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing tremendous results in my boy's behaviors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None...they are great.

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