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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) supports people through life's changes and challenges.

Results: Since 1937, JFCS has provided social, employment and psychological services to individuals and families in our community, helping them to cope with many of lives challenges and improve their lives.

Target demographics: people through life's changes and challenges

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12,000+

Geographic areas served: Greater Pittsburgh Area

Programs: JFCS Career Development Center JFCS Counseling Services JFCS Guardianship Services JFCS Immigration Legal Services JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services JFCS Scholarships JFCS Senior Services JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization puts an emphasis on caring, compassion and professionalism for each and every client who walks through the doors as well as for the Pittsburgh community at large. Each staff member carries out this mantra as well by going the extra mile on a daily basis to make sure that clients have the best possible outcomes. I am proud to be part of Jewish Family and Community Services and to help carry out its mission!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very greatful for the help by them. At the time I was very desperate and not sure what I was going to do for money. Thanks to a friend pointing me to them. They helped me update my resume and how to take good interviews. Also how to connect with employers. So thanks to them I found a job. Now Im doing good and even just bought a car.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at JFCS for 18 years and can say without a doubt it is a warm, supportive environment that cares for its staff and the mission behind the work. Services provided are top notch and the people providing it are too. I am proud to be an employee of JFCS. Wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working for JFCS has been the most rewarding experience of my career. Seeing day to day how passionate everyone is with helping the community is extremely heart warming.

If you can support them, please do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a current client of Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Career Development Center. This is the second time that I have been an active client of the agency. Approximately two years ago, after being laid off from a management position with a non-profit agency, I sought help from the CDC. Ultimately, with the assistance of the staff of the CDC, I was successful in my search. Perhaps, more important, were the services and support that I received from the CDC during my search. The CDC staff made me aware of positions that were open in the community, providing me with opportunities to apply for new positions. However, as one who had not been through a difficult job search in the past, I needed to develop the skills necessary to find my way through the job hunting process. I learned about skills such as networking, which helped me to find new opportunities, but also forced me to avoid getting caught up in my own isolation and embarrassment at being unemployed. I received help in crafting a new resume, which made me and my skills more attractive to potential employers. I was able to rework my cover letter, which helped me introduce myself to those in a position to hire. Finally, each week, I received help in tracking and evaluating the process, in order that I might be better prepared to keep moving forward. Perhaps as important as the technical assistance that I received was the emotional support provided by all of the CDC staff. Loss of dignity and self image can be one of the first casualties of a job loss. Regaining that dignity is an essential part of the job hunting process. My weekly visits with my employment counselor helped to remind me that I was one of many people who were looking for jobs, and that I should not consider my unemployment to be my own personal tragedy. A formalized support group which included other agency clients and a professional counselor gave me the opportunity to speak about my feelings surrounding my unemployment with people who understood them well. Finally, in many ways I was helped to change my feelings about my job search. Rather than being a symbol of my failure, hunting for a job simply became my new occupation. Trips to the CDC for appointments, training workshops, or discussion groups simply became trips to the office and my current jobs. I was treated as the professional that I am and as a full and complete person, capable of making a contribution to my community. That is why, when the opportunity presented itself recently, I have taken on the opportunity to volunteer some of my own time to the CDC, in order that a new service might be developed to aid those who have worked in the non-profit sector and are now seeking new jobs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The scope of work that JF&CS;engages in is beyond me. Wow! This organization engages such a diverse swath of the greater Pittsburgh community with so many unique and valuable services. Whether providing adoption services, careers services, counseling, immigration advocacy, student loans, or food for the needy, JF & CS is making a difference for those in need.