During its early years, the purpose of Jewish Family & Children’s Service was simple: giving temporary financial relief to the poor and needy. More than 150 years later, JF&CS remains true to its historical mission while helping individuals and families facing a broad range of challenges throughout the lifecycle. As community needs and funding opportunities have changed over time, so too have our capabilities and resources, with new programs arising at the intersection of emerging needs and the organization’s evolving capacity to respond. Today’s JF&CS is the vibrant product of these dynamics, with a broad array of programs serving people of all ages and backgrounds.
Throughout its long history, JF&CS has flourished by successfully adapting to changing times while maintaining our core values and commitments. We help 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.
Of course, we could not accomplish any of this without the most talented and wonderful staff throughout the entire agency, and we are so proud of the tremendous collaboration that takes place between departments in order to bring the best possible care for each individual client. We are also fortunate to have a Board made up of caring and passionate individuals who are constantly asking what more they can do for JF&CS. They demonstrate an unrivaled excitement for the work we do and we look forward to building on that excitement not only within our Board, but throughout the agency, and ultimately, the entire community.
Together with your assistance – through your philanthropic support and/or your efforts as a JF&CS volunteer – we can ensure that the services we provide today will be there for all who need them, today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.
Carl J. Zack