Human Service Organizations,
Mission: JFS/MW is a non-profit agency whose mission is to strengthen lives and build community. We provide vital social, health, and community services throughout the life cycle for people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, fostered by traditional Jewish values of social responsibility and concern for all members of the community.
The JFS purpose is strongly stated, never more important.
These are dangerous times. Children…families…the elderly…everyone is impacted… and many are suffering. The pressures and demands can be suffocating.
JFS is on the front line, where we belong…digging deep getting things done…making right what shouldn’t be wrong.
(Reva Tankle, Board President and Marc Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, JFS 2009 Annual Report)
JFS’ leadership executed a significant continued organization improvement plan. The goal is to ensure that all services of the agency demonstrate clear purpose, measurable impacts, high team performance, and responsiveness and relevance to the community’s rapidly changing needs. Three Impact areas are defined as central to all work: Opportunity and Success during Childhood Sufficiency, Independence and Dignity throughout the Life Cycle
Connections and Engagement throughout the Community
All agency programs are organized around these impacts. Please see the Annual Report for snapshots.
The JFS of Metrowest Family Assistance Network provides confidential and respectful assistance to individuals and families to help them meet short-term challenges and remain independent and financially self-sufficient. The Family Assistance Network combines coordinated case management services with access to short-term financial assistance. It includes financial literacy education and connects individuals and families to services at JFS and to benefits and services available in the Metrowest community.
The Family Assistance Network works closely with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, synagogues and other communal organizations to strengthen the community’s safety net. Workshops and educational programs in addition to individual assistance are provided. Both short-term and more longitudinal support are provided to families.