Human Services

Jewish Family Service of the Desert

Our Valley Our Passion

aka JFS of the Desert   |   Palm Springs, CA   |  www.jfsdesert.org

Mission

To provide for the social service needs of the Jewish and general community throughout the greater Coachella Valley with a commitment to promote the well being of persons of all ages, income and lifestyles.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Maureen Forman

Main address

490 S. Farrell Drive Suite C208

Palm Springs, CA 92262 USA

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EIN

33-0613083

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

JFS is committed to preventing senior homelessness by providing assistance fro rent and utilities when a slow income senior is at risk for losing their home. We alo advocate for low income seniors at risk for homelessness with local city governments and are the leader of a senior collaborative of agencies that coordinate their funding to assist senior in emergent situations. JFS is also committed to providing no or low cost mental health to anyone who needs it regardless of ethnicity religion or gender identification or secual preference. . We have 10 therapists , 2 of whom are bilingual and 3 of whom are LBBT. We offer evening and Saturday appointments and have scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay for therapy.

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 Couseling

mental health counseling for all ages , bilingual available

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$800,000

school counseling

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$140,000

providing emergency services for seniors at risk for losing her home

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

senior socialization programming for isolated low income seniors

Population(s) Served
Retired people

jewish citizens of the valley

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

in home visiting for seniors

Population(s) Served
Retired people

transportation

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people,K-12 (5-19 years),People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Mental Health Couseling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric applies to all clients seen across all of our programs .. programs parameters and components change over time

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our vision is to improve the well being of our Coachella valley by preventing senior homelessness and providing culturally sensitive and affordable mental health counseling . We also provide senior socialization programs at 6 sites throughout the valley to addresses senior depression and isolation. We also have counselors in 5 elementary schools to assist children in maintaining behavioral control so that they can benefit from classroom education. Through all our efforts we wish to promote healthy and stable lives throughout our valley

We continually hire bilingual therapists and use both adult and teenage volunteers to meet the needs of our seniors. WE also make sure that we are panelled with every behavioral health insurance plan serving the valley to increase our ability to serve anyone needing mental health counseling We have a rigorous grant application program that yields over $600,000 in grants per year. We also have a dedicated fundraiser and event planner who raises over $250,000 a year . JFS partners with other agencies and is the lead on a mental health and senior collaboratives .

We have an active staff of 30 people including therapists, community outreach coordinators, senior case managers and financial / billing staff. We have a supportive Board of 19 members who have histories of success in the many facets of the business world. We have 37 year history of successful fundraising and grant writing that has allowed JFS of the Desert to balance its budgets year after year as well as grow its reserves (which are at 3.5 / 1 ratio, assets to liabilities)

We have a strategic plan outlining growth and stability through cost containment, grant applications and increased fee for service mental health clients. Our evaluation methods include satisfaction surveys which are continually administered to both seniors and mental health clients to obtain both qualitative and quantitative measures of our success. WE also track data on number of sessions attended and number of goals achieved as well as monitoring our budget at monthly finance meetings with our financial manager, Board president, Board Treasurer and committee members

We are a thriving non -profit seeing over 3000 unduplicated clients per year for over, 10,000 individual services. Our senior isolation programs just added another site for a total of 6 and and we are in 5 elementary schools for counseling. We provide 10 camp scholarships to low income children. Each year we progress in our goals to make seniors lives secure and make mental health counseling available to low income citizens of our diverse valley

Financials

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

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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

Keywords

Mental Health Counseling and Social Services