About Us

Watch how we are making a difference for people in our community:

Izrail Dehktar and his story from Ken Klein on Vimeo (above)

Andy and JFCS from Ken Klein on Vimeo (above).


Our Mission

Since 1947, Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS) has provided social services in the Portland metropolitan area, helping marginalized people of all faiths and backgrounds realize their full potential. Within a context of Jewish values, we offer compassionate, carefully designed wraparound services that help individuals and families thrive by fostering their physical, mental, and financial well-being.

At JFCS, we firmly believe that our community’s shared prosperity depends on creating conditions that allow everyone to thrive. When the overall well-being of an individual or family is unstable, a bad break in life can have many negative repercussions. While people with adequate support can weather these challenges, people who lack that support may have great difficulty doing so.

To help remedy this, last year JFCS provided more than 2,400 needy people with emergency aid, counseling, disability supports, and services that helped Holocaust survivors and other seniors live independently — in their own homes and on their own terms. By assuring access to opportunity for marginalized groups, we hope to expand opportunities for all.

Our Vision

We envision a Portland in which everyone receives the help they need to lead happy, productive lives, and where JFCS is a trusted source of care and support, meeting diverse, changing needs.

Our Values


We honor and are guided by traditional Jewish values:
TIKKUN OLAM to make the world a better place
GEMILUT CHASADIM to act with kindness toward those in need
TZEDAKAH to act charitably


We treat everyone we serve with dignity and respect and strive to help people achieve self-sufficiency.


We are sensitive to the cultural backgrounds, situations, and needs of the people we serve.


We are committed to providing excellent programs and services.


We are accountable to our clients and the community for the programs and services we provide.


We collaborate with others in our community to broaden our reach and effectiveness.