Foster Teen Birthday Program is Alive and Well – Even During a Pandemic!

Celebrating birthdays is the one thing the teens in JFCS’s care want the most. They want to be acknowledged and experience the love and care put into someone selecting a special gift for them. They want a favorite dessert. They want to feel normal, and it’s been a long time since most have been able to do anything remotely (no … Read More

Why Moms Should Prioritize Mental Wellness During Difficult Times

To say that being a parent can be tough is an understatement – but as all moms and dads know, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. While the strain of a global pandemic and subsequent shift of societal norms has undoubtedly been difficult for all parents, mothers in particular are feeling intense strain. Through our work … Read More

JFCS Saved My Life.

As a former victim of human sexual trafficking, there were moments when I didn’t believe I would survive. I was “purchased” more times than I can count by the highest bidder for that day. I was at the lowest place in my life and getting addicted to drugs seemed inevitable. After being identified by the Department of Children and Families … Read More

Volunteer Rockstars – Jim and Francine Kempner

For more than 20 years, Jim and Francine Kempner have been an invaluable gift to Jewish Family & Community Services.  In 1997, Jim Kempner relocated to Jacksonville from New York and immediately felt that he needed something new and exciting to do that would allow him to help the community. Francine suggested visiting Iris Young, former JFCS Executive Director. “I … Read More

JFCS Welcomes New Board President, Dr. David S. Loeb

David S. Loeb, M.D. was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Newman School and Brown University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in Political Science. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans. … Read More

School Supplies Needed!

School starts on August 20th and JFCS is still collecting school supplies for children/teens in our care that need help with school supplies! Backpacks or collected school supplies are due between August 3rd and 7th (after tax-free weekend), from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They can be safely delivered to the 8540 Baycenter Road location on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays … Read More

JFCS Financial Assistance is Here For the Unexpected

Jessica is a 20-year old mother to a 6-month old baby girl. Recently, she had a tire blowout on I-295 causing her truck to flip numerous times, ejecting her before landing on her. Amazingly, physicians were able to repair her neck by fusing her vertebral column together. However, recovery would be a long road. The accident severed the nerves in her … Read More

Introducing Melissa Williams, JFCS’ new PJ Library Coordinator

JFCS is thrilled to welcome Melissa Williams as the new PJ Library Coordinator. Melissa is a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher who brings with her years of experience in working with children and families and is anxious to expand the PJ Library program. The PJ Library program, a national Jewish education and engagement program for Jewish families with children, provides books, activities, and community events for families to help them … Read More

Mental Fitness

Members of the Jewish Community are eligible to receive 5 free counseling sessions at JFCS’s Dupont Counseling Group, so there is really no reason not talk through any and all mental health challenges you might be facing. One in every five American adults experiences mental illness each year, with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder ranking as the top three … Read More