JF&CS News Summer 2012
From Greater Boston to the North Shore to Central Massachusetts, JF&CS is expanding! We are now affiliated with Jewish Family Service of Worcester, broadening our scope of services and making a bigger impact through our combined resources.
“By creating an affiliation with JFS Worcester, our organizations will collectively be able to help more people in many different locations more profoundly,” said JF&CS CEO Rimma Zelfand. “During the past few years, we’ve seen an increasing level of need, driven by economic circumstances and our aging population. We are pleased to create this affiliation, which will allow us to serve even more people in need.”
Since 1919, JFS Worcester has played a vital role in serving the social service needs of individuals, families, and their children in Central Massachusetts. The agency’s flagship clinical programs – mental health, guardianship, and adoption – will be integrated with a wide variety of JF&CS programs to expand their services throughout the area.
Starting with programs that have a strong Jewish and community focus, such as its Caring Communities Resource Network, programs for moms and babies, and services for people with disabilities, JF&CS will leverage its extensive resources to scale programs where they are most needed in Central Massachusetts.
The agencies plan to fully engage the community through outreach meetings to discuss the types of services that are most needed. One of the first JF&CS programs to expand to Central MA is Welcome Baby!, a program that welcomes infants with a home visit, gift package, and Jewish community resources guide for interfaith couples and families not affiliated with a temple.
“Despite their financial troubles, JFS Worcester has a very strong staff and has been providing high-quality and innovative services. This affiliation gives us all a chance to assess other opportunities and services we can bring to Central MA,” said Alan Jacobson, JF&CS senior vice president of programs. “We are starting an advisory board of former board members, community leaders, and representatives from other non profits to assess and understand what the community needs and what gaps we can fill.”
This partnership follows the JF&CS merger with Jewish Family Service of the North Shore in early 2011. JF&CS will now be able to serve more communities with the high-quality programs residents have come to expect while developing new ways to help them live with independence and dignity.
For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.