Who We Are

We PROTECT the vulnerable,
EMPOWER individuals
and STRENGTHEN families.


About Gulf Coast JFCS

Gulf Coast JFCS helps the most vulnerable individuals throughout our community, from babies to seniors, find safety, comfort, and a path toward a fulfilling life. To help as many people as comprehensively as possible through complex life challenges, Gulf Coast JFCS programs span a broad human service spectrum. The outcome – lives uplifted!

Beginning with one social worker and a secretary in a small office 50 years ago, Gulf Coast JFCS now employs over 600 employees and serves nearly 30,000 people across Greater Tampa Bay and beyond.

Our seven program pillars are compassion in action allowing us to reach the community’s most vulnerable people find safety, comfort, and a path toward a fulfilling life.

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc. (Gulf Coast JFCS) is a non-sectarian, community-based, Florida not-for-profit that has been serving Floridians since 1960 when the agency began providing counseling and family support services to the Jewish community in Pinellas County.

On July 2, 1974, Gulf Coast JFCS was incorporated and began to expand and diversify its array of services offered to the community-at-large through public funding. 

Our vast array of programs serves diverse populations of all ages, faiths, cultures, and lifestyles, including individuals with behavioral health challenges with the tools necessary to function well in society; unemployed and under-employed individuals with the skills to find jobs, support their families and be better parents; refugees and survivors of torture with essential services that support them to adapt to life in America successfully; elderly and disabled citizens with support services enabling them to live independently, safely and with dignity; Jewish families with services that connect them to the Jewish community and improve their lives; and children in need with intensive support to ensure stability, safety and well-being. Each individualized service is based on research, evidence-based best practices, and trauma-informed care principles to positively impact the social determinants of health in the communities served.

The agency’s mission:
Inspired by Jewish values, we PROTECT the vulnerable, EMPOWER individuals, and STRENGTHEN families.

The Commission has nationally accredited Gulf Coast JFCS on Accreditation of Rehabilitation (CARF) since 1998, a testament to the focus on individualized services and continuous quality improvement now and in the years to come.

Gulf Coast JFCS is a Top Workplace 2024 named by Tampa Bay Times
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Lives Uplifted for 30,000 Floridians Annually

Behavioral Health

Children & Families

Elder Services

Food Assistance