Since 1987, JFS has provided inclusive programming to our community. Jewish adults with developmental disabilities receive educational enrichment and social interaction through a series of events celebrating the Jewish holidays and other Jewish customs and traditions.
JFS’ Aging Adult program is dedicated to helping our elder population, their families and the community, Serving a diverse, aging population, our Care Navigators Program involves a holistic, person-centered approach to supporting older adults and their families (formerly known as geriatric case management). While preserving and enhancing dignity and autonomy, our clinicians connect clients and their loved ones to all available resources and provide emotional and concrete support during life’s transitions. Our Aging Resource Specialists/Care Navigators provide comprehensive assessments; care planning and case management, mental health counseling, family consultation and community education.
Social Work Outreach Services Program (SOS)
This social, outreach program is designed to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need within the Greater New Haven community. The program’s primary purpose is to provide short-term stability and, most important, work with the client with the goal of self-sufficiency. This program benefits individuals and families in crisis struggling to meet their own basic needs by providing short term, goal oriented, case management and referrals in the areas of food, utilities, employment, and other necessities.
JFS is proud to offer services to people from all religions and backgrounds and at every life stage–from young children to aging adults! There are many difficult times and challenges throughout life. Through counseling, our therapists and psychiatrists can help you define goals, manage conflict, and learn the coping skills you need to navigate life. Our licensed mental health program serves individuals, couples, families, children and groups through consultations, assessments and counseling sessions.
Before Covid-19, approximately 12% of households in Connecticut were struggling to put food on the table. Since Covid-19, it’s significantly higher. The JFSGNH Food Pantry & Food Assistance Program is striving to keep this number from increasing by providing nutritious food to individuals and families in Greater New Haven who are at or below the poverty level. Our food pantry provides one time emergency food, monthly supplemental food and holiday assistance
Located adjacent to our main office, the pantry offers non-perishable foods, fresh produce and fruits, and frozen items to individuals and families in need as a once monthly supplement.
Food4Kids provides supplemental, nutritious, ready to eat food to children in the New Haven Schools who are at nutritional risk. The food items are pre-packaged and placed in the children’s backpack every Friday afternoon for weekend use.
The Holocaust Survivors Program at JFSGNH focuses on helping survivors remain in their own homes and out of institutional care, for as long as possible. This program, funded by the Material Claims Conference, provides emergency and caregiver services to Holocaust Survivors in the Greater New Haven and Fairfield County regions. Many of our Holocaust Survivors receive weekly Shabbat dinners.
Volunteers are placed at JFSGNH and in the community as friendly visitors to seniors and the disabled, as Food Pantry workers, as office helpers, and much more! Currently due to COVID restrictions, in-person and in-office volunteer assignments are on hold.