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.