About JFSC

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 Mission

JFCS is committed to the mission of “helping people help themselves” and serves all persons in a non-discriminatory manner.

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

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:


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