Emergency Family Support Services

Emergency Family Support Services

Emergency Family Support Services offers assistance in meeting basic human needs for the Jewish community in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Program services also include: personal case management, emergency financial assistance, information and referral, and interest-free college loans (available through a partnership with the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF)).  Our goal is to support clients in need and help them increase their self-sufficiency.

Limited financial assistance for utilities, housing, medical, dental, pharmacy and transportation, is supported via community-based Tzedakah funds from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, Koved funds, and from individual and foundation donations.

Contact Information

14041 Icot Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33760
Tel: 727.479.1884
Fax:  727.536.3337


Provides a safety net for Jewish individuals and families


are the life-blood of JFS.  Partnering with the Jewish Federation’s Volunteer Central, we encourage the local Jewish community to support our various volunteer projects.

Community Service for Kids

engages local youth to support the Food Pantry by conducting donation drives for food, household goods, toiletries and school supplies.  These projects can be done by youth groups, religious and pre-schools, and B’nai Mitzvah students.  Be creative and help collect food for the local community!

“I can’t even express the words that could tell you how grateful I am for Jewish Family Services assistance. When I was in need of housing, clothing and food GCJFCS came forward with full support and understanding. Today I have a great job, a new outlook on life and a memory of love and care from JFS help. If there is any way I can help others in the future the way you have helped me, I would do this without question. I would be so humble and happy to do it! Thank you again for all the support. You truly saved a life.”

Baruch HaShem

Family Support Services’ team of caring volunteers provide the community:



    providing critical, Kosher staples and is supplemented by a general food and supplies.


    during times of financial crisis


    to organizations who can continue assist beyond the GCFJCS internal network


    to bring light into the lives of our children


    in times of need, such as clothing, toiletries, household items, furniture, etc.

Funding Provided by the Following

This program is made possible in part through a grant by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties.  We support the Federation’s principle of Klal Yisrael and the importance of our institution’s support of the Federation’s Annual Campaign through individual contributions, participation in fundraising events like Super Sunday, and general Federation advocacy, partnership, and promotion.

Additional funding from the Schoenbaum Family Foundation, William & Sally Israel Food Pantry Endowment, and numerous individuals from the community.

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The Koved Fund is supported by Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the June B. Gelbart Foundation (for housing assistance).

Private donations support the program and the Food Pantry.

I want to Volunteer!

Volunteers are the life-blood of Gulf Coast JFCS.  We are proud of the ongoing commitment demonstrated by hundreds of volunteers each year.

I want to Donate!

There are many ways you can be a part of making your community better by working with Gulf Coast JFCS.