Much has changed since 1861 when Jewish Family Services was established in Newark as the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum.
Today, JFS is a comprehensive social service agency for Essex, Morris, and Sussex counties, plus north Union and parts of Hudson counties.
A staff of highly trained social workers, assisted by consulting psychologists and psychiatrists, helps families and individuals through the challenges of life. Care is provided on a non-discriminatory basis.
Counseling is available for individuals, couples, families, and children. A special mental health initiative targets children and teens at risk for problems at home or in school. As appropriate, clinicians can work with children and their parents in a state-of-the-art play therapy center.
For victims of domestic violence, JFS, through the Rachel Coalition, provides a 24-hour crisis-response line, an emergency and kosher safe house, and counseling.
JFS adoption services provide information and support, from home evaluations through post-placement supervision.
JFS helps older adults and their families negotiate the aging process by means of care management, counseling, geriatric assessment, in-home assistance, transportation, and respite for caregivers.
For Holocaust survivors, JFS operates Café Europa, an informal gathering place for socializing and support.
Coordinated care aids families of adults with special needs in developing comprehensive care plans; exploring funding options for housing; drawing up financial plans for particular levels of care; and setting up special needs trusts.
JFS offers 24-hour emergency aid to persons in need of reaching a clinician or getting immediate information or advice, or who urgently require intervention.
JFS has a satellite office at:
570 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue