JF&CS News Fall 2013
JF&CS is pleased to announce that we are expanding our services into Central Massachusetts. On October 1, JF&CS will begin providing all of the programs previously offered by Jewish Family Service of Worcester. Since 1919, JFS Worcester has played a vital role in serving the social service needs of individuals, families, and children in Central Massachusetts.
“The great staff of seasoned employees and well-respected clinicians are a welcome addition to JF&CS,” said Deb Shrier, LICSW, Director of Community and Program Development. “JF&CS will be able to enhance services and bring something new to the area.”
JFS Worcester’s flagship clinical programs – mental health, guardianship, and school-based consultation – will be offered by JF&CS. JF&CS will also leverage its extensive resources to scale programs where they are most needed in Central Massachusetts.
“We are very interested in bringing Jewish programming from JF&CS to the Central Massachusetts community. A key way to do this is by collaborating with Jewish organizations, synagogues, religious schools, and the local Jewish community centers,” said Deb. “JFS has been a part of Worcester’s Jewish history, and JF&CS looks forward to being part of its future.”
With the assistance of an advisory board of community leaders, JF&CS is working to understand community needs and identify gaps in service. The Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts has been especially helpful in providing guidance and support.
This expansion follows the JF&CS merger with Jewish Family Service of the North Shore in 2011. JF&CS will now serve more communities with the high-quality programs the community has come to expect while developing new ways to help residents live with independence and dignity.