About JFCS

Families find hope, support and answers at JFCS.

Our Mission

The mission of JFCS is to strengthen the entire community by providing family and individual social services in the Jewish tradition of “helping people help themselves.”

For over 100 years JFCS has remained true to the mission of helping people help themselves. Families find hope, support and answers at JFCS.

Our History

Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) has been a vital part of the Jacksonville Community since 1917, lending a helping hand to people from all walks of life. JFCS was founded in 1917 as United Jewish Charities, and was known for assisting people in need with food and emergency shelter. The Agency is a charter member of United Way, having joined the organization when it was established in 1924 as the Community Chest.

In 1951, we became the only licensed Jewish child-placing agency in the country, placing our first child for adoption in 1953. In 2001, JFCS collaborated with the Boys Home Association to form Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc., the lead agency for the administration of child protection services in Duval & Nassau Counties. In 2003, JFCS began providing a range of community-based child protection services. In 2005, we achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation for Children & Family Services.

Our Programs

Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) provides quality social and community services across the life spectrum to enhance the lives of children, adults, seniors and families coping with challenges that arise throughout the lifecycle. Guided by Jewish values, with a rich tradition of nearly 100 years, the services are available to all in the First Coast Community.

JFCS’ programs and services provide a broad range of social services through six key program areas:


101 Years is a long time. Here are some recent accomplishments & recognitions:

2001  we partnered with Boys’ Home Association to form Family
Support Services of North Florida, Inc. (FSS)

2005 Achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation for Children & Family Services.
 This accreditation has been maintained since.

2007 Selected by United Way as pilot partner for Achievers for Life
drop-out prevention initiative

2007 Selected by the Department of Health & Human Services as a
recipient of the national Adoption Excellence Award

2009 Selected as pilot partner in United Way / 2-1-1 centralized
intake phone number

2010 Dupont Counseling Group started doing business as a licensed
business division of JFCS

2012 Began providing Holocaust Survivor Support services

2013 Selected by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation
as the sole local recipient of their prestigious Neighborhood Builders Award

2015 Selected by the City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Children’s
Commission to be a provider of mental health services in the Full
Service School system

2016 Recognized by Family Support Service of North Florida as Case
Management Organization of the Year for 2015 (and again in 2017)

2017 Celebrated a Century of Service to individuals and families in the First Coast.
Expanded operations and programs in newly renovated location, the
Alan J. Taffet Building, which houses the Chartrand Tolerance Education Center.
Opened the Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery in the same building.

2018 Completed renovations for the Allison Stein Robbins Building
and Max Block Food Pantry.


Jewish Family & Community Services has been invested in the success of the First Coast since 1917, strengthening the entire community through services that aid people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations and backgrounds. While our quality programs may be diverse, they are unified by our guiding mission: to help people help themselves.

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance and administered by JFCS.  JFCS will ensure that reasonable accommodations will be made for those persons needing special assistance to access our programs and services, and for those persons who are deaf or hard of hearing