About JFS

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

Agency Mission
JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life.

Core Values
In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

History
Jewish Family Service (JFS) is a 501c3 non-profit agency, founded in the early 1900’s as a volunteer organization that provided services to refugees, the elderly, and the poor. Founded by Cele Cassman and Sara Singer, in its early days, JFS was created as a source of help and hope. JFS has grown from a small, storefront operation, formally incorporated in 1976, to an $11.8 million multi-service organization that provides support and care throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more than 80 years, JFS has been providing health, career and human services to enhance the well-being of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, cultures and lifestyles.

Today, the agency provides an array of social services and programs designed to meet the contemporary needs of individuals and families. A professional staff of more than 150 highly-qualified employees help individuals to reach their full potential in a setting which balances traditional values with personal needs and goals.

JFS is a constituent of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and a partner agency with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and South New Jersey. Jewish Family Service is a member of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) and the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies (NJAMHA). The agency is licensed by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services.