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Who We Are

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc. (Gulf Coast JFCS) is a non-faith-based, secular, not-for-profit, serving individuals and families across the state of Florida. In 1960, the agency began providing counseling and family support services to the Jewish community in Pinellas County. The agency incorporated on July 2, 1974, and began to expand and diversify its array of services offered to the broader community, largely through public funding. Services are derived from Jewish values, among them being tikkun olam (repair the word), kehillah (community), tzedakah (responsibility/justice), chesed (compassion and caring) and hakhnasat orhim (welcome the stranger). These values play a strong role as we seek to address the unmet needs of Florida families.

Today, Gulf Coast JFCS employs more than 500, providing services in more than 35 Florida counties and impacting more than 30,000 individuals annually. Offices are maintained in Pinellas (HQ), Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Orange, Osceola, Broward, Miami-Dade, Sarasota, Lee, and Alachua counties. We serve all people regardless of background, faith, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Gulf Coast JFCS programs are as diverse as the individuals who benefit from them. Collectively, our services meet the complex needs of today’s families, senior citizens, vulnerable children, and persons needing assistance because of behavioral or mental health issues. We seek collaborative partner opportunities wherever feasible, understanding that the community benefits when costs are contained and services leveraged.

Since 1998, Gulf Coast JFCS has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services programs and agencies.

Gulf Coast JFCS

Our Mission

Inspired by Jewish values, we protect the vulnerable and help people achieve fulfilling lives by empowering individuals and strengthening families.

Children and Families in need with intensive support to ensure stability, safety and well-being,

Elderly and Disabled with support services enabling them to live independently, safely and with dignity, 

Individuals with Behavioral Health Challenges with the tools necessary to function well in society,

Jewish Families with services that connect them to the Jewish community and improve their lives,

Refugees and Victims of Torture with basic services to support them and successfully adapt to life in America,

Unemployed NonCustodial Parents with the skills to find jobs, support their families and be better parents.

RespectTreating people with dignity and compassion;

Relevance: Providing culturally sensitive services to all;

EmpowermentEncouraging and empowering those we serve to achieve independence;

Creativity: Developing creative and innovative services to reflect a changing community;

HonestyDemonstrating integrity and professionalism;

CollaborationPartnering with others to broaden our resources.

Gulf Coast JFCS is funded by:

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