Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services

Lives Uplifted

aka Gulf Coast JFCS   |   Clearwater, FL   |  WWW.GCJFCS.ORG


Inspired by Jewish values, Gulf Coast JFCS protects the vulnerable, empowers individuals, and strengthens families.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Dr. Sandra E Braham

Main address

14041 Icot Blvd

Clearwater, FL 33760 USA

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NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many people confront life challenges they can’t solve alone. Gulf Coast JFCS helps our most vulnerable community members find safety, comfort, and a path toward a fulfilling life. From babies to seniors, Gulf Coast JFCS serves all people in need, regardless of race, religion, culture, or gender identity. To help the most people most comprehensively, Gulf Coast JFCS programs span a broad human service spectrum, from behavioral and mental health, child welfare and adoption, family support, job and employment transition, housing, food, transportation, or home care assistance for the elderly.

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?

Elder and Disabled Services

*Community Care for the Elderly provides case management for homemakers, personal care, respite, and other services to enable frail and functionally impaired elders to remain in their homes and avoid or delay placement in a nursing home. Services are provided in Pinellas County.

*Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative provides services to meet the changing needs of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and similar memory disorders.

*Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) program supports care for Floridians aged 60 and older in family-type living arrangements within private homes. A basic subsidy is provided for the support and maintenance of the elder.

*OAA Homemaking - Provides Homemaker support services to boost the well-being of elders and help them remain in their homes.

*Myrtle Oaks is a 99-unit apartment complex for low-income elderly located in northeast Tampa.

*Egret Housing is a seven-unit housing complex for low-income disabled located in New Port Richey.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

*Adele Gilbert and Darlington Residential Treatment Facilities are 16-bed treatment facilities for adults with mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance abuse disorder in Pasco County.

*Adult Residential Treatment and Stabilization (ARTS) is a 16-bed residential program in Broward County for older adults with mental illness and possible co-occurring issues.

*The Alternative Family Program, based on the therapeutic foster home concept, trains sponsors who open and welcome into their homes and families up to five adults or seniors with mental illness. With 190 beds in 75 licensed care homes covering a 36-county area, sponsors provide 24-hour client supervision, care, and support in exchange for a monthly stipend.

*Older Adults Support Team, in coordination with state Adult Protective Services, provides intervention for elders who are at risk of suicide.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
People with psychosocial disabilities

*Community Assistance and Life Liaison (CALL) – In partnership with the St. Pete Police, community navigators are dispatched to non-violent, non-criminal 911 calls to provide a therapeutic, wrap-around response.

*Intervention Services provides in-home substance abuse intervention services for adults who are at risk for substance misuse in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties.

*Prevention Services provides substance abuse education focused on preventing medication mismanagement, alcohol abuse, and increasing healthy behaviors in our communities.

*Quick Response Team (QRT) Provides response to law enforcement referrals where an individual has recently overdosed in Pinellas County.

*Supported Housing and Living Program assists individuals with mental illness or co-occurring substance abuse issues to develop skills needed to live independently.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
People with psychosocial disabilities

*Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program (NCPEP) assists unemployed or underemployed non-custodial parents with establishing a pattern of regular child support payments by obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized, competitive employment.

*Developing Assets and Workplace Skills (DAWS) focuses on developing workforce skills and household assets, providing individuals with the tools for long-term economic stability.

*Tampa Bay Job Links helps job seekers find meaningful transitions to new careers. TBJL helps individuals increase their confidence and take control of their career path by pairing job seekers with career strategists and taking a person-first approach.

*Refugee Career Pathways Program (RCP) helps refugees achieve self-sufficiency by securing professional or skilled employment based on previously acquired knowledge, skills, and experience.

*Refugee Micro-Enterprise Development promotes refugee women’s entrepreneurship and normalizes business ownership.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Incarcerated people

*Holocaust Survivors Program helps to improve the quality of life for Holocaust survivors in the Tampa Bay area by providing critically needed services and outreach programs so they can remain in their homes.

*Emergency Family Support Services offers assistance in meeting basic human needs for the Jewish community in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

*Yad b' Yad (Hand-in-hand) recruits Jewish adult volunteers as mentors, companions, and role models for Jewish children ages 6 to 17.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Economically disadvantaged people

Through the William & Sally Israel Food Pantry, all clients and families of Gulf Coast JFCS programs have access to food assistance, school supplies, and limited clothing and household goods. The Food Pantry at Gulf Coast JFCS provides non-perishable food, clothing, household goods, and school supplies to support over 2,500 individuals and families throughout the year. The vast majority of those served are low-income, at-risk individuals, including seniors and children. The Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance as well as ongoing access other basic goods that assist our clients in achieving self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

*Refugee Resettlement and Placement resettle refugees from around the world who have been persecuted and fled their home country to come to America.

*Refugee Case Management provides intensive case management and supportive services to recently arrived refugees facing barriers to self-sufficiency.

*Florida Center for Survivors of Torture is a regional treatment center for survivors of torture and extreme trauma. It helps them access services from providers trained to work effectively and sensitively with this population. FCST serves clients in Tampa and Miami.

*Center for Afghan Survivors Impacted by Combat is a regional treatment center for Afghan survivors impacted by combat. It helps Afghans access services from providers trained to work effectively and sensitively with this population.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

*Child Welfare Case Management provides protective supervision for children referred by the Florida Abuse Hotline and Child Protective Investigators.

*Diversion and Prevention Programs provide intensive in-home family preservation services with the goal of keeping at-risk children “safe at home.” SAH School Intensive Services works with Pasco County youth in the school system referred to our agency for in-home support and services.

*Family Reunification Services complement case management services and teach Hillsborough County parents the skills necessary to improve their protective capacities so their children can safely return home.

*Kinship Support Program supports kinship caregivers (relatives and non-relatives) of children in the Hillsborough County child welfare system.

*Padre De Crianza supports Hispanic/Latino kinship caregivers so that children in their care can safely remain in their homes, without involvement in the Hillsborough County child welfare system.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

*Family Services Initiative provides navigation and emergency financial support services for families with school-age children in Pinellas County, strengthening family stability and connecting families to appropriate community resources.

*Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco increases the number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care. In addition to featuring children, we recruit, and support families interested in adoption.

*Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos is an afterschool program for K-5 students that provides tutoring, social skills development, parental outreach, support, and referral services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

*Violence Prevention Program is offered in nine Pinellas County middle schools and decreases disruptive, aggressive, bullying behavior and substance abuse, empowering students to improve their academic performance and overall success.

*Teen Parent Engagement Program supports teen parents and pregnant teens from Hillsborough and Pinellas County who are at high risk for academic failure, providing mentorship, enrichment activities, and ongoing educational and vocational support.

*Healthy Youth Transitions provides life coaching and counseling services that help youth in Broward County, FL transition successfully into healthy, independent young adults.

*Young Adult Transitional Program in Broward County supports and assists young adults ages 17-24 with emotional/behavioral issues or substance abuse and/or persistent mental illness.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work


"Be More Humble" People's Choice Award 2019


PowerNet Impact Award 2022

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Affiliations & memberships

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of clients served

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

Social and economic status, Age groups, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


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Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Elizabeth Samuelson

Jay Miller

J Square Developers

Eric Feder

Retired Health Administrator

Abigail Sterensis

Observe 4 Success

Jeff Baker

Duke Energy

Steve Benov

Berkeley Research Group

David Punzak, Esq.

Assistant General Counsel

Alan Schwartz

Retired President, Superior Uniform

Edward Amato

Retired Executive

Zachary Coopersmith

Private Equity/ Entrepreneur

Gary Flowers

Year Up

Kimberly Griffie Jackson


Sabrina Griffith Jackson

Griffith Consulting, LLC

Rick Kriseman

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Susan Landress

Retired, Pinellas County Circuit Court

Ted Newman

Retired Risk Compliance

Dr. Emilie Socash

Nonprofit Help Center

Jennifer Webb

Omni Public: The Change Agency

Andrew Zacherl

Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Tom Diese

RedMane Techonology

Michael Drayer


My Edmonds

Raymond James

Wayne Haneowicz

TD Synnex Corporation

Karen Marder

Retired Nurse Practitioner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? Yes
  • 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 6/22/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2023

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.