Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven
1440 Whalley Ave.
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address 1440 Whalley Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 389-5599 x
Fax 203-389-5904
E-mail arashba@jfsnh.org
Mission

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven strengthens and improves individual, family, and community life by providing a wide range of social and human services to people in the community at every life stage, especially those who are vulnerable, poor, and disadvantaged, and without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion.  The agency is guided by the moral and ethical values of Judaism in its policies, programs, and services.  

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1940
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Amy G Rashba
Board Chair Linda S. Caplan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven strengthens and improves individual, family, and community life by providing a wide range of social and human services to people in the community at every life stage, especially those who are vulnerable, poor, and disadvantaged, and without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion.  The agency is guided by the moral and ethical values of Judaism in its policies, programs, and services.  

Background JFSGNH has been a part of the New Haven community since 1881. JFSGNH offers programs and services in the following areas: Supplemental Food Assistance (Food Pantry and FOOD4KIDS); Mental Health and Counseling for Adults and Children; Aging Adult Services; Inter-country and Domestic Infant Adoption; Therapeutic and Medically Complex Foster Care; Child Permanency Placement Services; Social Work Outreach Services Program (including Ken's Closet); Volunteer Opportunities; TANF Case Management Program; Jewish Family Life Enrichment and a Holocaust Survivor’s Program. JFS programs and services reach all throughout Connecticut, although the majority of our clients are from New Haven County. JFS serves people of all faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities, and turns no one away based upon an inability to pay for services. 
Impact

Accomplishments

1. JFS launched our new Aging Adult Services Program which assists seniors with information and referral, evaluation and assessment, office and in-home counseling, family consultation, case management and food assistance.
2. JFS has expanded the outpatient child mental health clinic.
3. JFS has established Ken’s Closet, which provides gently used business/professional and casual clothing to JFS clients in need.
4. The JFS Shalom Group for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities has increased its opportunities for community and social engagement.
5. In 2019, The JFS Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Center provided over 107,000 lbs of food to families and individuals in need.

 

Additional Goals: 

1. Continue to develop new and innovative programming that is responsive to community needs.

2. Diversify funding sources and generate new supporters.


 
Needs

Due to the ever-changing climate of state contracts and budget cuts towards non-profit agencies, JFSGNH has an increased need for funding to continue serving the needs of our community. 

1. Enhanced security measures to protect staff and clients
2. Emergency Assistance Fund for families and individuals in crisis – to provide help with essential needs, such as housing, utilities, etc.
3. IT upgrade – JFS needs software and hardware to upgrade its IT systems
4. Funding to cover operational costs of the JFS Food Assistance Program
 
CEO Statement

 Although JFSGNH is a small agency, we have a big impact on those we serve. We are able to give individual attention in a warm and caring manner. 

“The counseling my son receives at JFS helped him at school.”

“The warm coat I received from Ken’s Closet along with my monthly food pantry visit really touched my heart!”

“We’ve adopted twice with JFS, we can’t thank our social worker enough!”

“I was able to get a job with the resume help and new interview clothes through JFS’ SOS Program.”

“I loved painting menorahs with my Shalom Group friends!”

These are just a few examples of the many ways that JFS helps those in need in the community. Whether it is food from our pantry, mental health services, clothing from Ken’s Closet or our Shalom Group that works with adults with developmental disabilities, our community can count on JFS. We need your help to continue these vital programs. Let’s work together to help those in need. 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Foster Care
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Cheshire
New Haven
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Branford
JFS serves the Greater New Haven Community 
Programs
Description We various programs and services including Infant & International Adoption; Foster Care (Therapeutic and Medically Complex Foster Care); Child Permanency Placement Services; Aging Adult Services; Counseling & Mental Health; Holocaust Survivor Program, ; Supplemental, and Emergency Food Programs, Food4Kids Volunteer Program; Shalom Group for Jewish Adults with Developmental Disabilities; Ken's Closet and so much more. 
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
To provide mental health/counseling services to individuals and families in the Greater New Haven area.  Services include concerns and issues such as (but are not limited to):  stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms, unemployment issues, hopelessness, and/or helplessness; marital concerns, family dynamics, relationship concerns, coping strategies, divorce, death and dying, among other issues.   This is accomplished through our professional staff which includes LCSW, MSW and Pastoral Counseling clinicians. 
Population Served Adults / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. 70% of clients will report improvement in their mental health indicated by improved family relationships and work success.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Client satisfaction surveys; Monthly case reviews.
Description Through a wide range of social, vocational, outreach and financial services, this program is designed to make a positive difference in the lives of the most economically distressed, vulnerable and at-risk individudals and families in the Greater New Haven community.  The primary purpose of the program is to provide this economically distressed population with both short-term stability and, most important, long-term sustainability.
Population Served Adults / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short term success for our clients would involve some of the following
1. attaining employment-even part time
2. applying for social services
3. being compliant with their mental health and therapy appointments 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Long term success of this program ideally would look for 70% of our clients to be maintaining employment that is both fulfilling and able to help them meet their economic needs. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Success in this program is tracked by client satisfaction surveys along with monthly agency statistics
Description Our Food Pantry provides emergency, supplemental and holiday food for residents of Greater New Haven who are at or below the poverty level and are food insecure. Currently JFS provides monthly supplemental food to more than 300 families (which averages a little more than 8,000 lbs. of perishable and non-perishable foods distributed monthly).  JFS also serves walk-in clients and families in an emergency situation. 
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Families / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
100 % of people seeking food assistance in an emergency crisis will receive a three day supply of supplemental food.
85% of those visiting the pantry in an emergency crisis will be assessed to see if additional JFS services can be utilized to help the situation 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. JFS conducts client satisfaction surveys.  Program is also monitored for the number of pounds distributed and its equivalent to the number of meals provided.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Our annual client survey has a 97% response rate. 90% of all clients returning the survey are satisfied with the services they receive from the Food Pantry. 
Description At JFSGNH we understand and respect the aging process. Our licensed and caring professionals provide comprehensive assessments, care planning and case management, mental health counseling, family consultation and community education.
Population Served Adults / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Amy G Rashba
Term Start Feb 2018
Email arashba@jfsnh.org
Co-CEO
Experience
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Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 15
Number of Volunteers 41
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 97%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 1 Indian
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 25
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance2019
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
ReaccreditationCouncil on Accreditation for Children & Family Services2010
reaccreditationCouncil on Accreditation for Children & Family Services2014
ReaccreditationCouncil on Accreditation for Children & Families2018
Board Chair
Linda S. Caplan
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2017 to June 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Joe Adler
Hillel Auerbach
Rabbi Herbert Brockman
Dalia Coleman
Renee Drell
Laura ElmanTreasurer; Chair, Finance/Audit
Debra Epstein
Louise Epstein
Sandy Friedman
Heidi Gold Dworkin
Shelly GreengardenSecretary
Jill Nathanson
Ruth Ann Ornstein
Cindy Papish GerberChair, Governance
Linda RandellCo-Chair, Personnel
Melanie Rausch
Hedda ReubensteinCo-Chair, Personnel
Ilene Rosalimsky BronenVice President
Joel Sachs
Marni Smith-Katz
Rosalyn Sperling
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 4 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 14
Unspecified 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 12
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Personnel
Finance
Executive
Nominating
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2020
Projected Revenue $2,500,748.00
Projected Expenses $2,500,748.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,877,374$4,017,780$3,549,942
Current Assets$727,946$1,091,052$888,365
Long-Term Liabilities$538,168$583,801$470,762
Current Liabilities$116,431$97,796$109,331
Total Net Assets$2,222,775$3,336,183$2,969,849
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountJewish Federation of Greater New Haven $109,327Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $222,034Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $207,835
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Food Bank $88,158CT Food Bank $95,510CT Health & Educational Facilities Authority $53,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJewish Foundation of Greater New Haven $67,598Schleifer Family Foundation $51,800The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 1440 Whalley Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 389-5599
Contact Email arashba@jfsnh.org
CEO/Executive Director Amy G Rashba
Board Chair Linda S. Caplan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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