History of Jewish Family & Children’s Service
80+ Years of Quality Family Counseling in Maricopa County
Jewish Family & Children’s Service was founded in 1935 by a group
of courageous Jewish women looking to help people of the community during
the Great Depression. The aid and support they provided their friends
and neighbors grew overtime to become a comprehensive social services
agency in Phoenix that continues to heal lives every day.
EXCERPT FROM THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE BOOK:
The Year 1935 represented a frightening, uncertain time -- six years into
the Great Depression....
But it was at this precise, uncertain moment, that a courageous group of
Jewish women in Phoenix decided to reach outward - to create a social
service agency to help those in need. These dedicated women pledged themselves
to share what little they had to help other families survive.
They laid the bedrock for Jewish Family & Children's Service in
Phoenix, a social service agency that over the years, would change the
face of child welfare in Arizona; lead the fight against child sexual
abuse; distinguish itself in adoptions, including the adoption of Native
American children; create the first nursing home for elderly Jews in Arizona;
be a major force in the resettlement of Russian Jews; create the award-winning
Helping Hands program for temporary financial assistance to families in
trouble; and receive national recognition for its outstanding record of
JFCS: 75 YEARS HELPING AND HEALING
Written by Stephanie McBride-Schreiner
Introduction and Editing by Jana Bommersbach
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