Modified Services in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Community Connection Zoom meetings occurring weekly to talk about the challenges and anxieties of pandemic living.
  • All counseling services are being offered remotely through either telephonic or Zoom telehealth, to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.
  • Our Intake Portal is accessible 24/7 for new clients interested in JFCS counseling services.


JFCS Mental Health and Counseling program offers compassionate, trauma-informed services to individuals, couples and families facing life’s challenges. Our priority is to provide support based on trust, empathy and understanding to ensure that our clients feel safe, empowered and able to make progress towards their goals. With a person-centered, trauma-informed focus on the value of each individual’s unique identity and life experience, we deliver support to those who need it most.

Our Counseling team and program:

  • Includes licensed and Master level Providers
  • Provides culturally competent, confidential and effective services
  • Offers our clients as many treatment options as possible
  • Accepts private pay, sliding scale, Medicare and secondary insurance, as well as commercial insurance according to plan provision.

For more information, contact Douglass Ruth LCSW, CCTP, our Clinical Director, at 503-226-7079, ext. 124 or by email at

Pearls – The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives

At JFCS, we offer as many counseling options as possible, and we specialize in mental health services that promote healthy aging in place.

PEARLS is an innovative, evidence-based model that provides free, in-home counseling services to seniors who are isolated or have physical limitations.

One participant, Joseph, a man in his 70’s, had been experiencing social isolation and bouts of sadness. Because he had mobility issues and could no longer drive, it was difficult for Joseph to find accessible mental health services.

He and his family were relieved to learn that no-cost, home-based counseling services were available through our PEARLS program. With the help of his counselor, Joseph developed goals and strategies for enhancing his self-care, social interactions, and physical activity. He learned and mastered problem-solving skills, and his depression began to dissipate. After completing the program, Joseph was also more closely linked with community-based services that helped him continue to boost his mood and energy level.


“Loneliness is difficult to own up to. But my counselor helped me understand that all I really need is a few friends I can count on – and who can count on me.”