Merger of JWA with the Jewish Big Brothers Association, the Girls Bureau, Pittsburgh Bureau for Jewish Children, and Service to Foreign Born of the National Council of Jewish Women, to give the agency its present form and structure under the name of Jewish Social Service Bureau.
Funding received from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) for the study of community needs and agency programs and services for the purpose of establishing priorities within the agency. The Ukeles Study by the UJF, a plan for services to the Jewish Elderly, which expands services to the elderly, adoption, and college counseling services. Mobay teams up with the Career Development Center to initiate the Mobay Challenge, to stimulate community recognition of new Americans’ credentials and potential contributions, and to challenge area employers to find creative ways to hire them. JF&CS establishes Domestic Violence Program with funding from Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) to reach out to and service victims of family violence.
Career Development Center is named Contractor of the Year by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor’s Job Training Partnership (JTPA). Elderly & disabled refugees who have lived in the U.S. for more than 5 years without becoming U.S. citizens are in danger of losing public support because of The Welfare Reform Act. JF&CS establishes the Pittsburgh Naturalization Project (PNAP) to identify and prepare people for naturalization. JF&CS moves to its current home at 5743 Bartlett Street, and with help from community’s Renaissance Campaign. JF&CS now owns its facility and consolidates JF&CS and Career Development Center offices. Family Hope Connection (FHC) established with funding from the JHF, LHAS, the Haskell Family Endowment and other donors and expands adoption services to help those affected by infertility.
Grant from the Jewish Material Claims Conference Against Germany allows establishment of Holocaust Survivors’ Project, to identify and assist elderly Holocaust survivors in need. First community-wide Disability Awareness Month project established with the involvement of numerous congregations, schools, and other organizations to enhance community awareness and promotes inclusiveness. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/ State Department of Public Welfare funds expansion of Pittsburgh Naturalization Assistance Program creating the Pennsylvania Naturalization Assistance Program (PNAP). The increased funding allows resettlement staff to reach beyond the Pittsburgh community to assist legal permanent residents in danger of losing public support if not naturalized.
JF&CS licensed for Foster Family Care to provide FHC professionals another option for prospective adoptive families to consider. Resettlement Department changes name to Refugee & Immigration Service Center (RISC) to reflect the expansion of services to include immigration and naturalization services. The Kosher SuperPantry provides emergency food to community’s most needy population.
RISC received recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) as a Non-Profit Immigration Provider Organization (NIPO) to provide immigration services to individuals with limited financial resources. Career Development Center recognized as CareerLink Community Center to provide a broad range of employment and career services to the Squirrel Hill community.
JF&CS partners with UJF, JCC, and JAA to provide services to the elderly under a new federal grant. NORC or the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Program of the Department of Aging is designed to help senior citizens maintain their independence as long as possible in their homes.
Established the Welcome Center for Immigrants and Internationals (as a supporting non-profit of JF&CS). The Center was established to be a central resource for information and services designed to help immigrants and multi-cultural populations as they relocate and adapt to living in the Greater Pittsburgh region.
The Counseling department of JF&CS launches its new name – Squirrel Hill Psychological Services. The new name better represents the population served, as well as the range of services offered to the community through JF&CS. JF&CS recognized by Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the 50 best places to work in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Established new entity, Legal Services for Immigrants and Internationals, to provide legal services to low income and indigent immigrants. JF&CS refocused on refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to meet the needs of refugees by providing case management services. Making Hope Happen Exhibit celebrates JF&CS’s 70 years of service to the community. Eight artists were commissioned to create works that interpret and respond to stories of individuals served by JF&CS in each of the agency’s eight services areas. JF&CS recognized by the Non-profit Sector of Southwestern Pennsylvania for quality and consistency of services and excellence in communications on Community Trends: Acceleration of the Contributions of the Nonprofit Sector in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Established Care Coordination Program, launched with foundation funding and sustained through fees for service, providing a new model of support to the elderly living in the community. Establishment of Career Program for Adults with Special Needs, funded by foundations and established to provide career/employment services to adults suffering from mental health disorders.
JF&CS licensed to operate Home Care Registry Facility by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which establishes guidelines for home care registries. JF&CS Refugee Services expands and JF&CS is appointed the lead contractor for refugee resettlement service in Allegheny County by the Department of Welfare. JF&CS begins using monthly financial snapshot, an annual fiscal wellness report comparing JF&CS performance to regional and national benchmarks, and annual outcome reporting to Board. The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is renamed “Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry” and moves to new location at 828 Hazelwood Avenue. Aging Up Not Out (AUNO) established in collaboration with YouthWorks, funded by the United Way. AUNO helps young adults aging out of the foster care system transition successfully to independent living. The program assists with educational, employment and daily living needs. Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry endowment launches. The campaign aims to raise a 3 million dollar endowment to support the ongoing work of the expanded SHCFP.
Launched collaboration with Quest Therapeutic Camps to offer summer behavioral management learning experiences to all school grade children with moderate to mild behavioral, emotional or social difficulties. An after school program is also offered. Language Link (fee for service), a collaboration with JF&CS, Northern Area Multi-Service Center (NAMS) and the Center for Hearing and Deaf Services (HDS), provides trained interpreters for immigrants and refugees who will assist them in obtaining the specialized services needed to help them become self-sufficient community members in our region. WorkAble, funded by the United Way, expands Career Development Center services to additional sites in North and South Hills through collaborations with South Hills Interfaith Ministry and North Hills Community Outreach. JF&CS 75th Anniversary is celebrated with a year of special events that culminated with the Lifecycles & Laughtracks fundraiser, a gala to celebrate 75 years of JF&CS with five-time Emmy Award winner Alan Zweibel, renowned writer of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the original “Saturday Night Live.”
JF&CS launches AgeWell Rides, a volunteer transportation program connecting volunteer drivers with seniors who need a lift to medical appointments, classes, grocery shopping, religious services or lunch with a friend. The service is offered to eligible seniors at no cost. Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC), a collaboration with JF&CS, AIU, Casa San Jose, GPLC, NAMS and South Hills Interfaith is established to provide information, referrals and connections to services for immigrants or refugees in Allegheny County. The SHCFP Tribute Wall unveiled July 20, 2014: a glass and ceramic mural created by James Simon to honor all the donors to the Food Pantry. The new EmployAble program provides a range of services to help career-oriented individuals with mental illness or autism spectrum disorders to choose, obtain, and keep a job.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service changed the Vision/Mission statement and developed a new 5-year Strategic Plan. JF&CS launches AgeWell Visits, a volunteer program that connects a volunteer visitor with a senior citizen in his/her home for a friendly visit, to talk and listen, help with reading or writing, play easy games, share oral histories – anything that helps promote communication between people in our community. This service is offered to seniors at no cost.