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, by providing a holistic approach to promoting quality connections, linkage and peace of mind. At JFSGNH we understand and respect the aging process. Our licensed and caring professionals offer a client-centered approach to caring for older adults facing health and other personal challenges. Our Aging Resource Specialists provide comprehensive assessments; care planning and case management, mental health counseling, family consultation and community education.
Social Work Outreach Services Program (SOS)
These social, vocational, outreach and financial service programs are 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, long-term sustainability.
This program benefits individuals and families in crisis struggling to provide for their own basic needs by offering assistance to community members in the areas of food, heat, electricity, transportation, and medical needs.
Professional counseling services are offered for individuals from all religions and backgrounds and at every life stage–from young children to aging adults! Let us guide you through life’s difficult times and help you to manage challenges, gain strength and move forward. Our trained professional staff can help you define goals, manage conflict, build communication skills and teach you skills to manage stress and worry. Our licensed mental health program serves individuals, couples, families, children and groups through consultations, assessments and counseling sessions.
Post Adoption Services to families is one of JFS’s specialties. With a long history in assisting adoptive families, we help navigate through adoption related concerns and issues. JFS professionals help adoptive families with challenges they may face. We work with children of all ages who have been adopted internationally, domestically or through DCF. We also work with young adults and birth parents who have completed an adoption plan for their child.
There is no wait list for counseling services. JFS accepts most insurances, offers a sliding scale for those without insurance, and has options for those who have no ability to cover their co-pays and/or sliding scale fee.
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 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 and those who are nutritionally at risk. Our Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Center provides emergency, supplemental and holiday food.
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.
JFSGNH offers therapeutic foster care and medically complex foster care for children under the care of the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF). We recruit and train families/individuals to become fosters and we provide them with intensive case management and supportive services.
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.
The Parent Education Program (PEP) helps couples going through divorce or separation to support their children. The program is offered as a six hour educational workshop. The PEP classes are court mandated and help people guide their children through their parents’ separation/divorce.
Volunteers are placed at JFSGNH and in the community as friendly visitors to seniors and the disabled, as tutors to children within our foster care program, as Food Pantry workers, as office helpers, and much more!