Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS)

Empowering People. Transforming Lives.

aka JFCS   |   Teaneck, NJ   |  www.jfcsnnj.org

Mission

The mission of Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS) is to strengthen and enhance the well-being of all who call upon us by providing professional and compassionate human services to effectively meet life’s many challenges.

Ruling year info

1980

Chief Executive Officer

Susan Greenbaum

Main address

1485 Teaneck Road

Teaneck, NJ 07666 USA

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EIN

22-2223109

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mental Health Services

JFCS assists individuals, families, couples, adolescents and children who are coping with challenges and everyday life transitions. Our compassionate staff can work with clients to address issues, such as personal loss, depression and/or anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and other troubling life circumstances.

Current services include:

Individual, family and couple counseling;
Group therapy, support groups, training and psycho-educational workshops ;
Tailored services for children and adolescents;
In-school therapy for children in select school districts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

JFCS provides specialized, targeted services provided by our knowledgeable, experienced and caring professionals to significantly enhance the lives of our most isolated, vulnerable seniors.

The agency offers the current services to seniors and their families and/or caregivers:

Care Management – evaluating the need through in-home assessments and linking seniors to the appropriate support to keep them safely in their own home is the cornerstone of our efforts.
Friendly Visitors – the program matches seniors with volunteers that provide companionship through weekly visits. Friendly Visitor volunteers enjoy one-on-one relationships while alleviating loneliness and isolation with important human contact.
Telephone Reassurance – volunteers make weekly calls to homebound seniors keeping them connected to the community and giving peace of mind to seniors who live alone.
TeleCare Connection - allows Volunteers and Care Managers, through the use of computers, cameras and the internet to have telehome visits with seniors and isolated clients.
Holocaust Survivor Support* – direct assistance provided to those in need of meals, emergency financial assistance and home care assistance.
Café Europa* -a special monthly luncheon where Holocaust survivors meet and develop warm, supportive friendships.
Shabbat Meals - JFCS provides a weekly Shabbat meal to our most frail, homebound elderly Holocaust survivors delivered by a Friendly Visitor.

*Programs funded by the Claims Conference

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Club Ed is a comprehensive after-school program provided by JFCS in select school districts. Each day students enjoy fun, educational activities with homework assistance, arts and culture enrichment, hands-on creative art, music and dance activities as well as structured recreation designed to complement the school curriculum. Club Ed engages students daily from 3pm to 6pm with supervision provided by teachers and staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

JFCS helps clients assess their situations and create action plans that meet their immediate critical needs, with long-term stabilization as the goal.

Current programs include:

Re-Launch Career Services Program- providing career guidance, resume reviews, writing, and other critical skills to help residents find their next professional opportunity;
Family Case Management - ensuring families access the care they need through assessment, care coordination, and advocacy for government and other benefit programs;
Emergency Financial Assistance: providing immediate assistance to those in financial need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Food Assistance at JFCS includes:

The Kosher Meals on Wheels program - a community lifeline that offers meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals throughout Northern New Jersey Counties, providing nutritionally balanced meals each week;
The Corner Market Food Pantry - provides groceries and household items to hundreds of families in need facing financial struggles and food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mental Health Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Older Adult Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 fiscal years.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 fiscal years.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mental Health Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 fiscal years.

Number of families accessing food and household essentials

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

For the 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 fiscal years.

Number of kosher meals-on-wheels distributed to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 fiscal years.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Goal 1: Ensure the provision of high-impact human services that are aligned with ever-evolving community needs.

Goal 2: Position JFCS as a leader and authority on the provision of community-based human services.

Goal 3: Re-calibrate JFCS’s real estate portfolio to provide greater access to care to populations in need.

Goal 4: Identify, build, and promote programs and services that contribute to JFCS’s healthy financial position.

Goal 5: Implement best practices in nonprofit governance and fundraising to enable JFCS to effectively serve clients in need across our geographic area.

To meet these goals, JFCS employs several concurrent strategies, stemming from our comprehensive strategic plan. Our plan includes clear-cut steps, processes, and time benchmarks for our agency to follow and meet.
Collaboration across departments and leadership is another key to our success, as shared goals and benchmarks allow for open communication, the free flow of ideas, and shared accountability. Department heads meet monthly to learn about program activities, progress, and trends in the communities and clients we serve. Clients are empowered to provide direct feedback through discussions with front-line staff, and through anonymous bi-annual satisfaction surveys.

JFCS actively partners with neighboring nonprofit agencies serving similar communities and offering complementary services, or those that we do not provide. Partners include local private and public school districts, religious institutions, senior care facilities, among other community associations.

As a long-standing provider of community services for over 70 years , our agency is well-qualified and situated to meet these goals.

We boast a strong organizational structure with professional, multi-lingual, and culturally competent-staff, who are the backbone of high-quality, ethical service delivery. Our senior staff have years of experience working in their respective departments and functions.

JFCS participates in numerous task forces and consortia, and has become well-regarded as a provider of training and community workshops for clients as well as other professionals in the field. We continuously form new and engaging partnerships with community partners and stakeholders, including local municipalities and school districts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

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 Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS)

Board of directors
as of 07/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rachel Scheff

Elizabeth Cole

Sari Gross

Debra Harris

Shira Feuerstein

Ron Rosensweig

Paula Shaiman

Sima Kern

Sue Feldman

David Goodman

Helen Graf

Andrew Kent

Geoffrey Lewis

Beth Nadel

Susan Nagler

Larry Rubin

Ariel Bayewitz

Richard Feldman

Lindsay Forman

David Singer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.