JFCS Annual Report 2015-2016

Our Mission


Jewish Family and Children’s Services helped more than 78,000 people last year. We strengthen individuals, families, and community across the Bay Area.

JFCS is a lifeline for people facing personal crises or challenges. We are here for you with over 40 programs, including home care for seniors, therapy for children, youth volunteer programs, services for people with disabilities, and much more.

Honors & Awards



The achievements of JFCS and its programs have broken all records and transcended all our service goals because of your essential involvement. 


Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies honored JFCS for its BOOST Program which provides Older Adult Mental Health Services.

LIMMUD International honored JFCS with The Community Leadership Award for its exemplary and inspiring involvement of Russian speaking Jews in American Jewish life.

j., the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, selected JFCS for first-place in its Readers’ Choice Awards as favorite Jewish charitable organization in San Francisco, South Bay/Peninsula, and North Bay/Marin.

j., the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, selected Seniors At Home for first-place in its Readers’ Choice Awards as favorite in-home care in San Francisco, South Bay/Peninsula, and North Bay/Marin.

Seniors At Home’s Palliative Care program was honored by UCSF with the Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, Commitment to Patient Care Award for our innovative model of collaboration that integrates medical and social services between UCSF and JFCS.

The Marin Senior Information Fair honored JFCS and Seniors At Home with the prestigious Nancy Martin Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year Award.

JFCS Executive Director Dr. Anita Friedman was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as part of its Forever Influential Honor Roll because of her continued outstanding service in the Bay Area community.

Yedida Kanfer, JFCS Holocaust Center’s Coordinator of Education Services, received the 2016 Natalia Twersky Educator Award from Jewish Women’s Archive for her creative and outstanding teachings in Holocaust education.

Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, JFCS’ Director of Palliative Care and Nursing Services, received the prestigious 2015 Compassionate Care Leadership Award from the Coalition for Compassionate Care, which is the leading organization championing the needs of the millions of Californians with serious illnesses.

JFCS Executive Director Dr. Anita Friedman was honored by A Wider Bridge for JFCS’ strong commitment to the full equality and inclusion of LGBT people in our community.

JFCS was selected to participate in the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative, a partnership which helped more than 2,000 immigrants apply to become U.S. citizens, and strengthen civic participation.

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Last year at JFCS, more than 78,000 people in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties received the help they needed to solve the problems in their lives.

Strong Families


50% of children who need mental health services in the U.S. do not receive it. JFCS is working to change this.


Children, teens, and families

throughout the Bay Area were assisted through individual and family counseling, the Center for Special Needs, parent education, peer support groups, anti-bullying workshops, teacher trainings, and mentor programs with YouthFirst and Parents Place.



were given emergency assistance to help them weather a personal or family crisis and get back on their feet.


Children, teens, and adults with disabilities

were able to live as independently as possible with the help of our Disabilities Services and Center for Special Needs.



received counseling, paid internships, and loans and grants to go to college or study in Israel, and benefited from Jewish educational programs that help them look forward to a brighter future through JFCS’ YouthFirst.



found new homes and families to love them through our Adoption Connection.

18-year-old Steve Dvorkin spent his summer in court.

He was there completing a six-week paid internship through JFCS’ YouthFirst program for teens.

Based on his interest in law, Steve was placed at the ACCESS Center at San Francisco Superior Court. He worked directly with clients, educating them on how to complete the necessary forms to represent themselves in court.

“I learned a great deal about how the court functions and even sat in on actual court proceedings,” says Steve, now a student at the University of Chicago.

The experience has had a big impact on his life. In addition to being an intern, Steve has also been a volunteer with JFCS, helping prepare senior immigrants for their citizenship interviews and serving on our Teen Advisory Board.

“My internship opened the door to a long lasting relationship with JFCS and allowed me to find new ways to make a meaningful impact on my community.”

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Parents Place Helps Families Flourish

Strong Adults



LGBTQ Individuals and their families

received counseling, adoption services, parenting support, bereavement, and senior care.



received help with information and referral, green cards, political asylum, conservatorship, benefit claims, and Holocaust survivor restitution applications from JFCS’ Legal Services.



and families found jobs, training, and health care through JFCS’ Social Enterprise Programs and Emergency Family Assistance programs.



became new U.S. citizens with the help of our Legal Services Department’s naturalization service.



and their families were comforted through JFCS’ Spiritual Care Services, Healing and Bereavement Support Services, Palliative Care Services, and our End Of Life Care for the very ill.


Abused women and children

who are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and homelessness were helped to start new lives.


Young adults with disabilities and their families

found support, independence, and a warm and welcoming community at The Shupin Independent Living Community.

JFCS’ Program for People with Disabilities Offers Community & Care

Services for individuals with disabilities are not always easy to find and while some organizations are reducing their services, JFCS offers one of the most comprehensive programs for individuals with disabilities and their families in Northern California. The determined young woman, Nona Miloslavsky, is living out her dreams while getting the support she needs to thrive. She was honored in 2016 at JFCS’ Fammy Awards Gala.

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“I’m so happy I remembered that JFCS is a resource for counseling. My situation was desperate and I wanted the best. My therapist was wonderful and she connected me with other JFCS services that I never would have thought to request.”

– Michael, Bereavement Support and Emergency Assistance Client


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When you’re struggling, one bad thing in life can lead to a cascade of difficulty. JFCS is here to give a hand up.

When Ruth was five months pregnant she moved to the Bay Area to escape domestic violence. She had no job and no connections. She found part-time work and struggled alone to survive. After giving birth she felt even more overwhelmed.

“I was so depressed that I would lie on the couch and leave my baby in his crib while he cried. Fortunately my pediatrician saw I was in trouble and referred me to JFCS.” Through counseling, JFCS’ single parent support network, parenting workshops, and the Food Pantry, Ruth is proud to say, “I’m part of a community now and the kind of mother I always wanted to be.”

Strong Seniors



Seniors At Home, our award-winning division for seniors, is the leading home care agency in the Bay Area.



live safe, healthy lives because of help from JFCS. They receive care management, home care, skilled nursing, dementia care, palliative care, fiduciary services, transportation, meals, social programs, companionship, bereavement help, and expert services for their family members.


Delicious and nutritious meals

were delivered to homebound seniors and people with severe illnesses and disabilities.



were provided to frail elderly and people with disabilities through allowing them to visit their doctors, do their shopping, and get out and about.


Gifts of wonderful holiday foods

were delivered to seniors and people with disabilities living alone or in nursing homes and assisted-living centers throughout the Bay Area.

Lean On Us: Lucie, 93

Center for Dementia Care Celebrates Successful First Year

Half of Bay Area residents over 85 are currently experiencing some form of dementia, and by 2020, the region is expected to see a 49% increase in residents with Alzheimer’s disease. With so many individuals and their families facing the challenges of these conditions, the need for dedicated local support has never been greater.

That’s why Seniors At Home launched the Center for Dementia Care and took a pioneering leap in enhanced support for people with Dementia-related conditions, and their families and caregivers.

The Center has become a leading voice in the community to help families who have a loved one with dementia. Hundreds of people have come to the Center’s expert panels on how to understand the symptoms and behaviors of dementia and access resources for support. 

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Futures Program for Older Adults

Alan and Peter met during World War II and have been together ever since. But when they reached their 80’s the San Francisco couple started wondering: who would care for them as they aged?

They were thrilled hear about the Futures Program at Seniors At Home, which has long served the LGBTQ senior community. The program helps healthy seniors make advanced plans for future care before it is needed. They joined right away. 

Just months later, Alan had a heart attack. Shortly after, Peter fell and fractured his pelvis. Seniors At Home stepped in right away with full-time care.

“The flexibility of the Futures Program and being able to call people who already knew us was so helpful,” Peter says.

Thankfully, both Alan and Peter recovered and now live independently without care. However, they feel comforted that they can rely on Seniors At Home again if their needs change.

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2,000 trained volunteers give back to our community and are a critical component in JFCS’ care. They performed thousands of acts of loving kindness—visiting people who are sick or alone, delivering food, driving people to doctors’ appointments, helping victims of domestic violence, mentoring teens, teaching about the Holocaust, and much more.

“I volunteer with my 10 and 12-year old daughters to teach them the importance of helping and being connected to our Jewish community.”

Jennifer, Mill Valley

JFCS Food Pantry

JFCS Food Pantry Volunteers honored at 2016 Fammy Awards Gala exceeded their goal to raise more than $25,000 to stock the Food Pantries during a shortfall.

JFCS Canine Corps: A Doggone Good Program

There’s nothing better than nuzzling with a friendly, four-legged creature that has plenty of unconditional love to share. Lindsay Joost and her mini dachshund Luna know this well.

Lindsay and her trusty companion are volunteers with our Canine Corp. When the two arrive for their weekly visit to a San Francisco assisted living facility, everyone lights up.

Sometimes volunteers encourage dog walking, which gets clients outside and provides some exercise. Other times, they will sit quietly indoors and share fond memories.

“They all want to pet Luna and tell me about their dogs,” says Lindsay. She and Luna are happy to oblige.

With the help of volunteers like Lindsay, homebound seniors and other isolated community members are receiving the comfort and joy of connecting with a dog and a loving volunteer.

“Having the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life with my little dog is the greatest gift ever,” says Lindsay.

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Holocaust Education



The JFCS Holocaust Center is Northern California’s primary resource for education, documentation, research, and remembrance of the Holocaust.


Students and teachers

in 120 Northern California public, private, and parochial schools and colleges learned the lessons of the Holocaust from those who lived through it, thanks to programs offered at JFCS’ Holocaust Center.

Day of Learning

Day of Learning Brings 700 Students and Educators Together to Hear from Holocaust Survivors in 2016

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Financials & Statistics


Total Individuals Served


Children, Teens, and Families Served


Seniors Served


Adults Served


Volunteers in Service



San Francisco




Marin County


Sonoma County

70% of all people JFCS helps cannot afford the full cost of care.

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Fees for Service


Individual Contributions


Foundation Contributions


JFCS Endowment Revenue

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Senior Services


Children and Teens


Adults and Families


Financial Aid, Loans, and Grants

Thank You



Many thanks to the synagogues, schools, and other organizations that partner with JFCS to strengthen and enrich our community every day.

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Thank you very much to our caring friends in the business community who believe that elevating the lives of people in need is an investment worth making.

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The conscience of the community is best measured by how it cares for the weakest among them. Thank you for helping all in need.

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Social Services for Jewish Nazi victims have been supported by a grant
from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

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