Jewish Family & Children's Service

aka Jewish Family & Children's Service Inc.   |   Waltham, MA   |  http://www.jfcsboston.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1950

Principal Officer

Ms. Rimma Zelfand

Main address

1430 Main Street

Waltham, MA 02451 USA

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EIN

04-2104356

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Services for Older Adults

JF&CS services for older adults promote social engagement, mental health, and quality of life for seniors and their care partners. Services are distinguished byA whole-family approach that supports caregiving spouses and adult children.Arts-based therapeutic programming..A long-term commitment, providing continuity as needs change over time. Current programs includeParkinson's & Alzheimer's Family Support Programs, offering Parkinson's Dance, Memory Cafe, and support groups.Your Elder Experts: geriatric care management.CJP Senior Direct: free consultation & referral.Aging Well at Home: services in low-income senior housing that support health and independence; grass-roots organizing to promote age-friendly communities.Suicide Prevention: training for senior housing staff; resilience workshops for older adults.Mental Health CounselingGuardianship ServicesEnd-of-Life ServicesFriendly VisitingServices for Holocaust Survivors

Population(s) Served

JF&CS Community Services include the Center for Basic Needs Assistance plus other programs described below:The Center for Basic Needs Assistance offersFamily Table: providing healthy groceries and nutrition education to over 600 families per year.Benefits Advocacy: helping clients access the maximum level of benefits for which they are eligible.Legal Services: helping clients resolve disputes relating to housing, benefits, immigration, domestic abuse, and other civil-law issues.Financial Assistance: emergency aid, fuel and utility assistance, and interest-free loans.Journey to Safety provides comprehensive assistance for victims of domestic abuse and sponsors TeenSafe, a prevention program for high-school youth. Shoulder-to-Shoulder supports military families facing the unique challenges associated with a parent's deployment.

Population(s) Served

JF&CS offers comprehensive programming for people with disabilities and their families, specializing in serving people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and autism spectrum disorders. Services include:A range of supportive housing options throughout Greater Boston.Day programming and employment supports.Clinical case management and coaching for adults with mental illness and autism spectrum disorders.Social and recreational groups for children, adults, and families.Planning, advocacy, and care management services for all ages Information and referralSpecial needs trustsJF&CS also make it possible for people with disabilities to maintain a Jewish home and participate in Jewish life in whatever manner is meaningful to them.All programs are rooted in a person-centered, strengths-based philosophy of care. Respect for client motivation, interests, and goals are the keys to our success.

Population(s) Served

Founded in 1989, the Center for Early Relationship Support (CERS) offers integrated services during the first year of life that reduce the risk of child neglect and abuse while fostering healthy infant-parent relationships, the critical foundation for emotional, cognitive, and physical development.CERS provides:Weekly home visits from experienced Visiting Moms, including extensively trained volunteers and paraprofessionals.New mother support groups throughout the Boston area.In-home therapy for new moms with postpartum depression or trauma-related issues.Intensive support for parents of babies born prematurely or substance-exposed.Parenting consultation.Services that help vulnerable families give their babies the best possible start under difficult circumstances including poverty, homelessness, and history of abuse, trauma, or mental illness.CERS also provides professional training and consultation through the Infant-Parent Training Institute.

Population(s) Served

Services for Children and Adolescents address the needs of youth with autism spectrum disorder, mental illness, and related conditions. The growing array of programs in this division include * In-home Behavioral Services: enhancing communication skills and teaching self-regulation. * In-Home Therapy: reducing mental health symptoms and promoting healthy family functioning * Therapeutic Mentoring: building social skills in the community. * Autism Navigation: helping families access and coordinate needed services. * School-Based Consultation: helping children build social and emotional skills that support academic and interpersonal success.* Respite Programming: providing social and recreational activity for children with autism spectrum disorder, and a break from caregiving responsibilities for their families.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

JF&CS's guiding purpose is to improve people's lives. This expansive mission extends beyond addressing immediate needs to helping clients acquire the skills and connections that support lifelong stability, health, and purpose.Because JF&CS is a multi-service agency, it has distinct impact goals for each of its program areas. These are detailed in the program descriptions provided elsewhere in this agency profile.

Because JF&CS has defined distinct impact goals for each of our target populations, strategies vary by program. That being said, our overarching strategy is to provide a full continuum of services - from prevention to intervention and remediation - while helping people gain skills and connect with sources of support that promote health, resilience, and self-reliance.

JF&CS deploys a wealth of human resources commensurate with the breadth of our mission:Our staff of over 300 full-time equivalents includes licensed clinicians, social workers, and social innovators who are leaders in their respective fields, including maternal and infant mental health, intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, clinical case management, nutrition, domestic abuse, public benefits, consumer law, eldercare, chronic disease self-management, immigration, human service administration, volunteer management, and impact assessment. Our Board of Directors includes community leaders with expertise in finance, non-profit governance, business development, marketing, academic research, healthcare, and public policy.We also engage an exceptionally large number of volunteers: approximately 2,000 per year over the past three years. Among these committed friends are lawyers who provide free legal services, families who pack groceries and deliver them to our food pantry clients, experienced mothers who serve as Visiting Moms, friendly visitors to homebound seniors, professionals who staff our program advisory committees, and adults with disabilities who volunteer throughout the agency. The JF&CS Department of Evaluation and Learning, a four-person team, spearheads all program documentation and evaluation efforts.

Please see our program descriptions for evidence of progress toward meeting our long-term goals in each area.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Jewish Family & Children's Service

Board of directors
as of 11/14/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Schechter

Founder, Perspective Capital Management

Term: 2015 - 2017

Robert Cashman

Metro Credit Union

Harvey Greenberg

Nehoiden Partners

Jamie Grossman

Commuity Volunteer

Melissa Weiner-Janfaza

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Henry Kay

Medica Venture Partners

Peter Lefkowitz

Oracle Corporation

Robin Neiterman

Mass General

Dale Okonow

Watermill Group

Sylvia Perlman

Community Volunteer

James Rabb

Harvard Medical School

David Schechter

Perspective Capital Management

Jack Swartz

S&S Investments

Steven Weil

Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan, & Cannon, PC

Susan Wilk

World Learning

Jonathan Yellin

Charles River Consulting

Alan Lipkind

Burns & Levinson

Stephen Bernstein

McDermott, Will & Emory LLP

Michael Levinger

Digital Collaboration Solutions

William Weinstein

Ozer Group

Jill Cohen

Former insurance executive, community volunteer

Danielle Darish

Social Worker

Penny Goodman

Community Volunteer

Fred Leif

Abrams Capital Management

Joseph Mazzella

Highfields Capital Management

Lewis Pearlson

LBC Senior Living

Andrew Pearlstein

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jay Rosenbaum

Nixon Peabody LLP

Wayne Ushman

Assabet Advisors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No