Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul

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About Jewish Family Service of St. Paul

For over 105 years Jewish Family Service of St. Paul has been a lifeline to people in need. While our programs respond to changing conditions, our mission remains constant:  Inspired by Jewish values, Jewish Family Service assists individuals and families by helping them build on their strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet life’s challenges with dignity.

Our services help vulnerable seniors, hard-working families, new arrivals, and others in our community live with dignity as they cope with life’s challenges. Last year, Jewish Family Service provided:

Aging and Disability Services

New collaboration between JFS and MIA

St. Paul Giving Voice Chorus

Case management. We help seniors remain in their homes in an appropriate, dignified, and secure manner that allows for self-determination. JFS case managers provide support for independent living through family consultation, personalized assessment, and individualized care plans. We also locate and monitor services such as homemaking, personal care, nursing, and delivery of kosher meals.

Family Consultation Services

JFS offers a multi-disciplinary approach for senior service family consultations. Consultations are usually provided by a nurse and/or social worker with access to JFS mental health professionals as needed.  Last year;

842 elders and persons with disabilities living in the community were provided with services such as home-delivered kosher meals, housekeeping and personal care––the tools they needed to remain in their own homes in an appropriate, dignified and secure manner.

By providing individual assessments and plans and by locating and monitoring services JFS case managers support self-determination and independent living.  Family members of older adults received information and support as they maintain their relatives in the community

Kosher Meals on Wheels

During 2015, JFS assumed the administrative responsibility for the Kosher Meals on Wheels program, in collaboration with the St. Paul JCC, Sholom Community Alliance and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul.  Over 14,000 meals were delivered during the past year.

Counseling and Early Intervention

We provide comprehensive counseling services for individuals, couples, children, and families. Our licensed and experienced staff offer confidential help with concerns about depression, anxiety, relationships, parenting, childhood behavior, loss, and aging.

138 individuals and families met with a JFS therapist to address personal issues, apply existing strengths, develop new coping skills, and enhance interpersonal communication

253 adults, adolescents, and children participated in support and educational groups such as Depression Support, team and self-esteem building groups, and other Jewish community organizations such as Talmud Torah, and various synagogues obtained consultation for staff on individual and group issues

Employment Services

Our Employment Services professionals help people find and keep jobs, develop long-term career plans, and enhance their skills. Services include skills assessment, career planning, resume preparation, job search assistance, interview skills, and post-placement support.

212 unemployed and underemployed job seekers in the East Metro area participated in JFS job placement programs.

86 found jobs, many with benefits and wages of $12/hour or more.

Information and Referral and Case Management

260 individuals/families called our office requesting help connecting with financial assistance and other resources. All of them, as well as participants from other JFS services, were provided with information and referral, as well as follow-up assistance as needed.

Financial Assistance

61 households received financial assistance totaling $18,439.  The majority of the assistance was given to individuals and families to stabilize immediate economic needs.  Housing was the greatest area of need; avoiding eviction or foreclosure with JFS financial assistance.  Other types of assistance included transportation costs for employment or medical care and utility bills.  Each recipient received an in-person assessment and help in developing a plan to address current and ongoing economic issues.  The plans included self-identified goals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and specific referrals to community resources to address needs.  In addition to the plans, our community case manager also helped recipients connect to resources and provided follow-up support to implement plans.  100% of the individuals reached one or more of the goals identified in their plans. All requests for assistance are screened by a JFS case manager.  Those who did not qualify for assistance from JFS were referred to other community resources.

LEAP for Seniors (Life Enrichment Action Program)

Click here to visit the LEAP for Seniors pages on our website and learn more about our work addressing depression in the community.


49 community volunteers provided JFS with 965 hours of service.  These volunteers engaged in such activities as direct work with clients for job search, staffing job resource room, delivering gift bags and Passover supplies and helping out with administrative and clerical tasks in the office.  JFS is very pleased to have hired a part-time volunteer engagement specialist during 2015 to help identify more volunteer needs and match willing community members with rewarding volunteer assignments.

Jewish Family Service is an affiliate agency of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul.  We are also supported by generous, concerned individuals and organizations whose partnership makes it possible for us to continue to help hundreds of people in our community. Here’s how you can help.

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