About Us

 

Our Mission

Improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of the Jewish and broader communities throughout the Portland metro area in accordance with Jewish Values.

Our Vision

The Jewish community knows JFCS as the primary responsive and confidential resource for individual, children, and families in need of services and/or referrals.
JFCS is known for its expertise in supporting and embracing the needs of people impacted by: trauma, the challenges of aging or unexpected crisis,disability, or the loss of family or community support.
JFCS’ services reflect innovation, anchored with a strong and diverse financial base that allows for a broad range of pay sources, sliding-scale rates, and community-supported care.
Services reflect our Jewish values and are provided throughout the Portland metro and SW Washington areas. as well as to Holocaust survivors who live along Oregon’s I-5 corridor.

Our History

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 Values

Tradition

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

Respect

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

Compassion

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

Excellence

We are committed to providing excellent programs and services.

Accountability

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

Collaboration

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