JFS Historical Highlights
- The Jewish Social Service Bureau is incorporated to promote “family welfare and welfare of children among the Jewish people of Detroit and environs.”
- The first Homemaker Service Program in Michigan is started to serve children in homes with an ill or absent mother.
- The agency’s focus with children shifted to foster care and residential treatment of children, services to unmarried parents and adoptive couples.
- Department of Services for the Aged is created; group home for teens started.
- Beginning of group therapy
In response to the Detroit riots, the Housing Relocation Program is created to move Jewish families from the inner city to subsidized housing near Jewish facilities.
- Volunteer services formally organized as an entity within the agency.
- Kosher Meals on Wheels is initiated with the NCJW and the Jewish Federation apartments.
- JFS defines poverty as a continuing issue in the Jewish population and expands financial assistance services.
Staff undertakes training in family treatment and offers services that combine marital therapy, child-parent therapy and treatment of the complete family unit.
- Group apartments for the elderly are established; the program offers congregate housing and support services.
- In-home respite care started.
- JFS establishes the Skillman Project to work with issues of neglect and physical and sexual abuse of children.
- Endowment campaign to fund WINDOWS, the agency’s domestic violence prevention and treatment program (formerly Skillman); opening of kosher shelter called “Safe Place” in conjunction with NCJW; Reva Stocker lecture series begins.
- Transportation starts with one vehicle and three drivers.
- Resettlement of 7,000 Jews from the former Soviet Union.
- Creation of Project Chessed, providing access to medical care for uninsured Jewish adults.
- Emergency financial assistance in the face of the economic downturn.
- Gave group apartments for the elderly (Coville Apartments) to JSL.
- Emergency assistance during the flood of 2014.
- Focus on teen mental health; introduction of suicide prevention trainings.
- Health care navigation.
Wellness offerings such as walking group, book club, guest speakers, diabetes management.
- Serving Holocaust survivors; in 2016, JFS received a grant that marked the first time in history that the U.S. federal
government provided direct funding for survivor services.
- Responsiveness to community needs.
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