Southern California Program

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
December 2017

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) is a non-denominational, multi-service agency that for over 164 years has provided a safety net for those in need.  It helps more than 100,000 people of all ages and ethnicities each year meet the trials of hunger, domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and aging with dignity.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will go toward the construction of a new and larger center, located in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District, to serve as a permanent headquarters and a hub for the provision of integrated services to the most vulnerable community members.  The project will more than double the size of the Fairfax campus with the construction of a new 28,340 square-foot building, which will replace three separate, smaller facilities.  In the new building, JFS will be able to consolidate health, mental health, social and recreational services for older adults, provide space for its counseling and case management services for individuals of all ages and develop new intergenerational programming.  At least 2,360 older clients, an increase of 20%, will have access to services that will enable them to live independently for as long as possible.  Many of these seniors are food insecure and their health care and social service needs will become more complex as they age.  JFS will also expand programs for new mothers suffering from postpartum depression, social-recreational activities for adults with developmental disabilities and support groups for older LGBT adults.

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