The Place We Make… The Place That Makes Us

Giving in the manner that you do does not simply happen – it is a result of faith, trust, and intentional choice. I thank you for your support. Your donation to JFCS is an investment in building a better future for our community.

Feel free to call me at 904-394-5752 with any questions you may have. We would appreciate an opportunity to give you a tour of our new building so you may see firsthand how JFCS is changing lives through meaningful wraparound services provided with dignity and respect.


Colleen Rodriquez
Executive Director

When an individual or family is hungry, or a family is in crisis and cannot afford to pay their bills, JFCS is there.

When local seniors need resources, or a Holocaust survivor needs help, JFCS is there.

When birth mothers choose adoption or a child comes into the foster care system or you just need someone to talk to, JFCS is there.

JFCS is the place our community can turn to for help.

After 100 years in service, this is a pivotal moment in the life of Jewish Family & Community Services.

Throughout the decades, our commitment to serve coupled with the support of our donors has grown to meet the expanding needs of the community.

Unfortunately, the facilities of Jewish Family & Community Services have not kept pace. As we approached the century mark, we realized it was time to expand our ability to serve once again.

The new building for JFCS provides:

  • A spacious food pantry that allows our clients to select food that is suitable for their families, a dedicated, private entrance and a reception area with rest rooms.
  • A separate and secure entrance that provides privacy for counseling clients.
  • Dedicated space for private family visitation with children in foster care, including counseling rooms, a playroom and private bathrooms.
  • Safety spaces for clients in crisis who might need temporary separation from other facility operations.
  • Meeting rooms and event spaces that can be available to community groups and other nonprofit organizations,
  • A Jacksonville Holocaust Memorial exhibit honoring our community’s Holocaust survivors and celebrating the history of Jewish families in our community.

We ask for your help again in solidifying JFCS’ future. We would like you to consider making an investment in our capital campaign, The Place We Make… The Place That Makes Us.

“...we will turn away no one in need, Jew or non-Jew.”

- Jewish Welfare Association (now JFCS) Annual Report 1928-29

JFCS is the only agency in Northeast Florida that provides wraparound services for people in need.

7,681 individuals served

Housing Assistance:
1699 family members were assisted with rent, mortgage or utility bills.

The Max Block Food Pantry:
42,750 meals were provided to those in need.

1,246 individuals served

Children and adults were provided with specialized treatment for depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, separation and divorce, parenting, childhood behavioral concerns, relationships and issues of abuse and neglect. Since 2015-16,the number of people receiving counseling services from JFCS has more than doubled, and the number of counselors has expanded from 7 to 22.

1,239 students served in 10 Duval County Public Schools

Dropout prevention services at JFCS increased 109% from 2010-2018. 95% of Achievers for Life students were promoted to the next grade.

2,869 individuals served

Senior Solutions:
120 seniors received assessments, action plans, monitoring and medical advocacy services.

Holocaust Support:
90 survivors received care management and support. Over 50% are living at/below the federal poverty level.

220 parents, teachers and students at private day schools, preschools/religious schools received services to ensure that children with special needs could participate in the richness of Jewish education, social and cultural life.

Jewish Healing Network, Meals4You, and CALL2GO:
Provided services to clients who were ill, coping with loss or facing life challenges – including hunger, loneliness and lack of access to a community of support.

PJ Library:
647 children (421 families) received free Jewish books and music through the PJ Library program. More than 100 families participated in family engagement events.

Tolerance Education:
92 individuals came together during three events to better understand the diversity of our community’s cultures, religions and expressions.

Community Engagement:
640 individuals attended community presentations.

Financial Assistance:
50 individuals received assistance with housing, utilities, household expenses and medical care. 115 family members received food from the Max Block Food Pantry

540 youth served

Juvenile offenders at the Juvenile Assessment Center received assessments to identify needs and interventions to help stop repeat criminal behavior.

3,504 children served

Foster Care:
600 children received case management services to ensure their safety and well-being.

1,000 children received in-home services and 1,200 at-risk youth received intensive counseling and case management.

Supervised Visitation:
Visitation Specialists supervised 2,500 visits between children and parents, helping to pave the way for family reunification.

High Risk Newborn:
600 children and parents received therapeutic and case manangement services to strengthen bonding and attachment and improve outcomes for young children.


104 children were placed with forever families.