Caring for Generations

About JF&CS

The Resources You Need. The Compassion You Deserve.

For more than 150 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service has been helping individuals and families build a strong foundation for resilience and well-being across the lifespan. Through an integrated portfolio of more than 40 programs reaching communities throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, JF&CS focuses on meeting the needs of new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse. 

Over the past decade, JF&CS has tripled in size to meet the growing need for our programs. Our staff of 400 employees and 2,200 active volunteers now serves more than 14,000 people each year throughout eastern and central MA. While continuing to provide personalized, “high-touch” services, JF&CS is increasingly committed to data-driven outcomes assessment to measure program impact and support continuous improvement.


Jewish Family & Children’s Service cares for individuals and families by providing exceptional human services guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community.

JF&CS fulfills its mission by providing direct services and advancing best practices that support the resilience and well-being of its target populations: new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse.

Communities Served

JF&CS is proud to be a caring presence in Greater Boston, on the North Shore, and in Central Massachusetts, helping people of all faiths, races, and ages with the challenges of life.

The JF&CS Family

Our leadership position in human services is due to the generosity and vision of motivated leaders, dedicated and skillful employees, caring donors, and passionate volunteers. As we strive to provide the highest quality of compassionate care, we aim to expand the JF&CS family – both those who are in need and those who can help.

Highlights from Our Strategic Plan                                         

JF&CS engaged in an intensive strategic planning process during the spring and summer of 2018, supported by the Monitor Institute by Deloitte. Read the attached PDF to learn about our vision and priorities for 2019 - 2021. 

Strategic Plan

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee  

We acknowledge and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is welcoming of all and celebrates the uniqueness of those we serve, staff, volunteers, donors, and business partners. 

The role of the committee is to guide the organization in building the core values of cultural humility into our services and operations as:

  • a champion, advocate, and resource, providing education and action to further organizational change to promote equity and inclusion for the people we serve, our staff, board members, volunteers, and funders;
  • a forum to focus on cultural awareness and responsiveness; and 
  • a catalyst and resource for assisting JF&CS to seek diverse perspectives, set goals, and monitor action plans to incorporate inclusive practices into our work.

JF&CS is proudly supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the United Way, the Jewish Federation of Central MA, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

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781-647-JFCS (5327)
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1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451

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