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Jewish Foundation For Group Homes

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Mental Health, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: The jewish foundation for group homes is committed to providing individuals with developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental disorders with the opportunity to live independently within the community with dignity, personal choice, and respect while offering the opportunity to experience jewish life and supporting others within the community to practice their own faith.

Programs: Group homes - operates 24 residential facilites for adults with developmental disabilities. Each group home is staffed with counselors who provide around the clock support. Support includes, but is not limited to: assistance with personal needs, household chores, food shopping and preparation, transportation, recreational activities, and health and medical monitoring.

meaningful opportunities for successful transitions (most) - one year individualized program of activities and training designed to facilitate successful transition of young adults with disabilities into the adult community. The program serves as a portal for individuals and their families, through which they are introduced and integrated into a broad range of community resources. The program focuses on facilitating outcomes for participants in three domains including self-sufficiency (independent living and safety skills), community (social skills, transporation, recreation), and vocation (employment, education, vocational training, day habilitation).

oshinsky apartment program - designed for adults with developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental illness who can live independently, but benefit from drop in support. Services include but are not limited to: money/budget management, food shopping/preparation, organization/maintenance, assistance with completing applications, medical appointments, and social opportunities.

greenwald community supported living arrangements - provides support to individuals with disabilties and their families who own or rent the dwelling and the organization oversees the management of staff and counseling services, according to the individuals needs. Support includes but is not limited to: assistance with personal needs, household chores, food shopping and preparation, transportation, recreational activities, and health and medical monitoring. Tikvah/hevra program - organizes activities for social groups who may have learning, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with JFGH for 24 years. I began as a volunteer visiting the residents at their home and teaching dental health education. I can not begin to tell you how rewarding this was. To watch how independent and proud the residents were of their accomplishments and of their home was truly amazing. I was hooked! I have been on the Executive Board for years. I am proud of JFGH and what they do for our community!


Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a resident in a JFGH home for 16 years. Her development has been beyond our expectations. Her social skills improvement and emotional development has enabled her to maintain her job as a Food Aide with the Navy Dep't. JFGH has won numerous awards, including the prestigious top Charity Navigator Award for 8 straight years, a feat accomplished by only 42 non-profits nationwide. The direct care staff is well trained and management runs an efficient and effective organiztion.


Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past ten years, I have watched with awe the dedication and commitment of JFGH to the needs of the diabled community, and the deep appreciation felt by residents of the group living arrangements and their families. Every day, this organization provides essential and meaningful support to diabled adults and their families.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Ranked four stars by Charity Navigator for eight straight years (only 42 charities in the country hold that distinction), JFGH enables individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental disorders, principally developmental, to live more independent lives. Founded 26 years ago by a couple with developmentally disabled children, JFGH, is non-sectarian, and supports 180 individuals in over 65 sites in the Washington Metropolitan area including 23 group homes which are kosher. It runs a tight, but innovative and highly caring, ship and probably is the pre-eminent organization of its type in the country and certainly in the US Jewish. It has cared for my brother for 24 years and has brought him out of the closet to lead, with supervision, an independent life and to pursue daily work, use mass transit, etc.



Rating: 5

JFGH is a wonderful organization serving the needs of developmentally-disabled adults. Our son lives in a JFGH group home. He has learned to live independently and has a job. The staff is warm and caring. JFGH is rated 4-stars by Charity Navigator. JFGH has become a model for group homes and transitional job training. The homes observe Jewish dietary laws.