Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
31 Reviews
1234.967745
Previous | Next
Write A Review
November 5, 2012

more


1 previous review
October 29, 2010

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. ... more

November 5, 2012

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.

More feedback...

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

October 29, 2010

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

February 27, 2011

more

Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

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!

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

They are doing a terrific job!

October 29, 2010

more

October 29, 2010

I have been involved with Jewish Child and Family Services for perhaps a decade. And it has taken me a decade to get a comfortable understanding of its myriad programs. The one with which i am most enamored is its program to deliver services to Holocaust survivors who need help. Of all of the people in the Chicago community who should not suffer, it is the survivor population and Chicago is blessed with the youngest in the US. I am constantly amazed at the sensitivity with which issues are handled by the staff. Who would have thought twice about how an elderly person would react to a suggestion of being taken to a shower? or how to handle food hidden under beds, just in case. This program is just one example of the many programs whose staff has a compassion and understanding and expertise that blows me away.

The Great!

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

While i have not availed myself of services, and am among the lucky who hasn't needed to, I watch the results from participation on the Board.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it unlimited funds so that it could spread its programs among more who need them.

October 28, 2010

more

October 28, 2010

The JCFS school works miracles! As a board member, I've had the privilege of attending a number of graduations at the JCFS school. At first, it seems like every other graduation . . . . students, clad in caps and gowns, walk to the front. Remarks are made. Diplomas are passed out. Students, parents, and teachers celebrate. But in reality, this is no typical graduation. Each student came to the school because they failed out of every other environment in which they had been. Many tried several schools and this was the last ditch effort by their parents. Each student stood at the podium and offered their own personal story -- each more touching than the next. One student spoke of going on to college to become a writer. Another spoke of going to vocational school. Another dreamed of opening his own store. And another spoke about giving back to the community by helping other kids. What is amazing is that many of these kids had no dreams when they came to the JCFS school. Their behavior was so bad and so disruptive, the police had to be called nearly every day to intervene. Today, they stood before the audience as outstanding members of society. They knew they entered the school in a bad place and they had gradually, and often painfully, worked through many of their issues. Each student profusely thanked their teachers and counselors. They so appreciated the continued dedication to their education, their development, and their future. There was not a dry eye in the auditorium. Afterwards, many parents came up to me to thank the school and the agency for everything we had done for their child. They told stories of how their son or daughter was failing out of school and life. The parents had lost all hope as they had tried everything. The JCFS school was often a last resort. And the parents could not have been happier with the result. Ironically, while the teachers and staff always believed in the kids, the parents never thought they would see the day that their child would graduate. Graduation was literally a miracle in their mind. The JCFS school is truly amazing.

The Great!

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

see above

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more funding so more people could benefit from the agency's outstanding service

Previous | Next
Write A Review

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers

3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Visit an elderly person in a nursing home as part of our Generation to Generation program or shop for winter outerwear as part of our Annual Coat Drive.