Jewish Family and Children's Service Of The Suncoast Inc

Being Good Means Doing Good

aka JFCS of the Suncoast   |   Sarasota, FL   |


Mission: Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency. Vision: We strive for a Suncoast community where the vulnerable are protected and those who are challenged have a safe, supportive community to help them gain stability and independence. We do this by providing impactful mental health and human services regardless of age, faith, or circumstances.

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Dr. Helene Lotman

Main address

2688 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237 USA

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Formerly known as

Jewish Family Services



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Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We strive for a Suncoast community where the vulnerable are protected and those who are challenged have a safe, supportive community to help them gain stability and independence. We do this by providing impactful mental health and human services regardless of age, faith, or circumstance. Our staff and volunteers work diligently to bring an impactful change to an individuals’ life forever. JFCS is supported by a compassionate professional staff, counselors, clinicians and social workers all providing a warm, caring environment. JFCS of the Suncoast ultimately empowers individuals and families toward well-being and self-reliance by providing mental health and human services guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people.

Our programs

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

Operation Military Assistance Program (OMAP)

Mission: To provide supportive services to veterans and their families experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee or Collier Counties. JFCS's Operation Military Assistance Program (OMAP) is entering its tenth year of operations and utilizes housing first principles and rapid re-housing interventions to help veterans obtain or retain housing.   Services include:   Assistance obtaining and/or maintaining permanent housing, Housing Focus case management; Assistance obtaining VA benefits and other public mainstream benefits such as Social Security, TANF, and food stamps, etc. Eligibility: Individuals to be assisted:DD-214 with at least of one day of active duty (Honorable, Other than Honorable or General Discharges.) Must be very low-income, i.e. income must be below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI varies by county).  Who can be served? Individual veterans and families in which head of household or their spouse is a veteran.

Population(s) Served

JFCS provides counseling and support to family caregivers as they cope with the challenges of care-giving. Our services include weekly support groups with both daytime and evening hours, individual/family meetings at home or at the JFCS office, on-site respite, education, connections to resources, mental health support, and care management. Clients are engaged in music, art, dance, exercise, and brain fitness therapies while their caregivers participate in support groups. Lunch and socialization are offered and accessible transportation is available. A caregiver helpline, 941-364-7560 is staffed by JFCS professional staff during agency business hours.

Population(s) Served

The mission of Building Strong Families (BSF) is to provide integrated case management services to enable families to obtain or maintain permanent housing and financial stability. The BSF program comprehensively addresses the needs of families with children who are at-risk of homelessness as well as those families that are literally homeless by providing integrated case management and coordination of services, development of service plans (which address short and long-term goals), housing counseling, mediation services, budgeting, and financial assistance. Eligible families must reside in Sarasota or Manatee County. Families must have a least 1 dependent child and must be the legal guardian of this child. Families must be at-risk of becoming homeless or are literally homeless. All BSF participants are required to: Complete at least 4 sessions with a Case Manager. Must be able to provide all required information. Must be able to show future financial stability.

Population(s) Served

JFCS’ Trauma and Counseling Service provides children, youth, adults, and seniors the needed supports and interventions to rebuild good physical and mental health following a traumatic event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced as physically or emotionally harmful with lasting negative effects. The impact of trauma for individuals is often felt in the areas of relationship, ability to parent, to work, or to feel safe and secure. Our services include evidence-based trauma interventions designed to develop understanding, recognition, and response to these negative effects for the purpose of restoring a sense of empowerment, control, and well-being in the lives of our clients. These services are provided at JFCS or at other locations such as schools, homes, or other facilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ADAP serves youth, ages 11-17, who are involved with the juvenile justice program or are exhibiting behaviors that put them at risk of involvement with juvenile justice. ADAP offers individual and group counseling with an emphasis on learning better-coping skills, anger management, and social skills to reduce the risk of repetitive destructive behaviors. Individual, group, and family counseling is available for adolescents and families needing support and is offered at an affordable rate. These are some of the topics that are covered:
Domestic Violence
Gang-Related Activity
Substance Abuse
Criminal Mischief/Trespassing
General Violent Behaviors (including Bullying)

Population(s) Served
Adolescent girls
Adolescent boys

Nearly 40% of Sarasota County households earn too much to qualify for traditional assistance programs but not enough to comfortably pay their bills, save money, and build financial sustainability. Simply put, these ALICE households (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) are stuck in Survival Mode. JFCS’s Career And Financial Advancement Program aims to help these families get unstuck. To Qualify
Applicants must meet all three of the requirements to qualify:
North Sarasota County residency;
At least ONE school-aged child in the home; and,
Annual household income at or below $78,000.

Population(s) Served

Camp Mariposa® Sarasota is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use disorder of a family member. Youth ages 9-12 attend weekend camps up to six times a year. Weekend camps offer fun, traditional camp activities combined with education and support sessions led by mental health professionals and trained adult mentors. Additional social activities are offered for youth and their families throughout the year. Many Camp Mariposa® locations offer programs for teens ages 13-17. All program activities are offered free of charge to families. Camp Mariposa® Sarasota is part of Eluna’s national Camp Mariposa® program. Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Ignite is a grant & research study exploring the role of fathers and father figures through individualized coaching and group discussions. Participants are welcomed into an encouraging growth environment where they can connect with others and share their experiences. Through this study we hope to:
Promote healthy relationships
Strengthen family functioning
Improve economic stability
Eligibility (fathers or father figures, must meet all 3 criteria):
Ages 18 or older
Caring for a child 24 years of age or younger
Residing in Sarasota, Manatee, or Charlotte County
Duration is 24 weeks. Participation includes attending group sessions with your Facilitator and meet with your Fatherhood Advocate for individualized goals and services for 12 weeks. Surveys are completed at orientation – week 12 and week 24 to show change over time. Compensation is $70+ in Target gift cards for survey completion.

Population(s) Served

This federally funded program assists adults in developing the skills they need to hone healthy relationship skills, improve parenting/co-parenting skills, and enhance skills and abilities required to gain and retain economic self-sufficiency. Skills and support are provided through the usage of 10-week evidence-based curricula and individualized case management. To be eligible for this program you must be 18 or older and live in Sarasota, Manatee, or Charlotte County.

Population(s) Served

JFCS supports veterans and their families who reside on the Suncoast who are confronting life’s challenges. We offer case management and financial and employment assistance to low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or who are about to become homeless. This assistance enables them to obtain or maintain stable, permanent housing. We work with veterans in the Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier, Desoto and Lee counties.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2025


Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 2008

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Guiding people through the Jewish tradition of helping all people, regardless of age, income, or circumstance we walk clients toward change and stability. Jewish Children’s & Family Service provides hope and healing to the community and surrounding counties. Our team of trained, compassionate experts work together to provide comprehensive services and programs. This approach of helping individuals facing multiple challenges is the most effective way to ensure positive outcomes and long-term stability that changes lives forever.

Who does JFCS serve?
• Seniors who feel isolated and alone
• Caregivers who are desperate to interact with others who understand the challenges
they face every day
• Families and children dealing with addiction
• Fathers trying to reunite with their children after incarceration
• Veterans feeling hopeless and forgotten
• Holocaust survivors trying to live in peace
• Youth feeling angry, depressed and destructive who need diversion and counseling
• People who are incarcerated or hospitalized seeking a comforting conversation with a

JFCS does not just focus on one or two client communities; JFCS serves clients from
all of these groups. What makes JFCS unique is our ability to wrap around our services
and provide support to multiple members of the same family who have a variety of needs.
JFCS provides essential support to youth, families, veterans, and seniors who want to live
their best life.

Guided by the principle of Tikkum Olam “helping to repair the world,” JFCS provides wholistic services throughout 6 counties. In January of 2023, JFCS hired a new CEO, Dr. Helene Lotman which was a significant step in creating a successful strategy for the organization. Helene has a long track record of professional and personal accomplishments and most recently was the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, a position she held since 2016. Known for developing strong teams, Helene is a business-savvy, result-driven leader who enjoys collaborating and engaging with others to achieve greater impact. During her time in Sarasota, Helene was an Associate Professor at The University of Sarasota, the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource
Center, and Director of the Women’s Division at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for 10 years. As part of her time with the Federation, Helene was involved in the early stages of creating Jewish Family Services
(now JFCS).
Under the leadership of Dr. Lotman, and the engaged and dedicated Board, JFCS is undergoing the development of an updated strategic plan beginning in Fall of 2023. The ways in which the organization reaches out to both clients and donors alike may change, but the level of excellence in providing services remains a constant.

Those services are:

Mental Health Programs
At-Risk Youth Programs
Family Services
Seniors, Caregivers & Alzheimer’s Support
Veteran’s Housing Assistance, Life Skills & Job Placement
Homeless Prevention Services
Jewish Healing Services
Financial Assistance
Wrap Around Case Management

New partnerships are forming in 2022/23 and longstanding JFCS partnerships are being reenergized. These partnerships range from our local schools and hospitals, to former foundation partners and donors. It's an exciting time to be at JFCS and build upon the firm foundation this organization has within our community.

JFCS has over 30 years of building successful partnerships with mental health institutions, schools, foundations, corporations, and receiving grants at the federal, state and county level, in addition to having a significant base of individual donors.

The organization recently transitioned through a reorganization and has added staff with specific areas of expertise to bring about the best possible outcomes. Technology also plays a significant part in the organizations efforts to reach their goals. From the best-in-class databases, to acquiring premiere tracking and marketing platforms, JFCS is analyzing their processes and technology to provide excellent services.

JFCS is anticipating utilizing the Unite Us platform which will enable swifter service to those in need.
According to the Unite Us website, "Unite Us brings together state governments, private-sector entities, and others who believe that investing in community health improves outcomes and reduces costs. Our cross-sector collaboration software establishes a new standard of care that identifies social care needs in communities, manages enrollment of individuals in services, and leverages meaningful outcomes data and analytics to further drive community investment.

A strong development plan that includes increasing philanthropic efforts by helping to identify and provide research on donors and prospects; creating events that both advocate and fundraise for the organization and increasing peer-to-peer donor engagement activities. Fundraising that includes both the public and private sector are critical to the success of the organization.

Total services provided by JFCS to the community in 2022 equaled 31,657. They are classified through each program as such:

Adolescent Diversion snd Assistance Program - 645
Aging Services - 2,520
Building Strong Families - 685
Camp Mariposa - 184
Counseling - 4,874
Employment and Financial Stability - 726
Ignite Fatherhood Program - 3,820
Jewish Healing - 2,257
OMAP (Veterans) - 3,276
Outreach - 5,430
REACH - Restoring Empowerment and Choosing Hope - 5,320
VIP-ER - Voluntary Interim Placement - Enhanced Recovery - 1,920


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Jewish Family and Children's Service Of The Suncoast Inc

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

Kathie Roberts


Term: 2022 - 2023

Eric Kaplan

Community Volunteer

Marc Kanoff

Raymond James

Johanna Gustafsson

Wealth Manager

Gigi Huberman

Retired Attorney and Telecommunications Executive

Kathie Roberts

Retired Human Resources Executive

Barbara Brizdle

Community Volunteer

Marie Monsky

Community Volunteer

MIchael Goldman

Community Volunteer

Mark Gordon

Observer Media Group

Stacie Herrera

Herrera Psychology

Brian Meinberg

Sarasota Sheriff's Dept

Victoria Kasdan

Nonprofit Management

James Naber

Community Volunteer

David Shapiro

Shapiro & Delgado Law

Bill Sterbinsky

Law Firm of Alex Dell

Jackie Taxdal

Cavanaugh & Co

Ken Waters

Sarasota Housing Authority

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/12/2023

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


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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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