JFS Orlando's mission is to provide vital, high-quality and innovative social services to people in need. Services are provided to the community regardless of religion, race/ethnicity, age, gender or disability.
We achieve our mission by providing services in the following key areas:
JFS Orlando relies on the generosity of the Central Florida community to help us care for struggling individuals and families in need. In order to sustain and enhance our current services and facilitate long-term organizational growth, JFS Orlando looks to agency supporters and caring investors to help us meet the following needs:
Since 1978, JFS Orlando has been changing lives in Central Florida by helping our community’s most vulnerable residents. JFS Orlando responds to community needs and develops our programs and services accordingly. Over the past 39 years, we have evolved into a full-scale family support organization committed to positively impacting our community by fulfilling our mission to provide vital, high-quality and innovative social services to people in need. Our programs help individuals and families regardless of religion, race/ethnicity, age, gender or disability.
In 2016, JFS Orlando distributed food for nearly 67,000 meals to hungry individuals and families in our community and provided nearly $215,000 in financial assistance to more than 280 at-risk families to help maintain critical basic needs, including rent, mortgage or utilities.
The Counseling, Growth and Development Program provided more than 1,130 mental health counseling sessions to 141 clients in 2016.
JFS Orlando's Counseling, Growth and Development Program aims to help individuals, couples, and families overcome obstacles, resolve conflicts, accomplish personal goals and improve their overall well-being and functioning. According to self-report outcome evaluation surveys collected in 2016, 80% of counseling clients reported improvement in their quality of life, 90% of clients reported reduction in symptoms or problems, 80% of clients reported satisfaction with the services they received and 80% of clients reported that they would refer others to JFS Orlando for counseling services.
Henry is a sixty-year-old gentleman who turned to JFS Orlando's Counseling Growth and Development Program to help him cope with his life struggles. Since Henry was unable to afford counseling services, JFS Orlando provided him assistance at a significantly reduced cost. When Henry began counseling at JFS, he had previously suffered multiple heart attacks, struggled with severe depression, battled suicidal thoughts and felt incapacitated in his daily life. Henry had ten counseling sessions with our Counseling, Growth and Development Program where he worked with his therapist to address his depression, resolve his strained relationship with his daughter and improve his feelings of isolation. After completing his counseling, Henry reported that he was no longer suicidal, that his depression had subsided, his relationship with his daughter was greatly improved and that new connections he had made in the community allowed him to no longer feel isolated and alone.
JFS Orlando provides a variety of community services in an effort to address all of our clients’ needs. These community services include the following:
In 2016, JFS Orlando provided 618 roundtrip rides to medical appointments and other life-sustaining servicse for elderly or disabled adults through our RIDE Program, offered Chaplaincy services to more than 600 families, and delivered more than 200 hot meals to homebound seniors. 179 volunteers also contributed more than 3,600 hours of community service to JFS Orlando in 2016.
JFS Orlando offers community services that impact each client’s or participant’s life in a unique way. For instance, our RIDE Program helps vulnerable older and disabled adults remain healthy and independent while also meeting their critical transportation needs, our Chaplaincy program offers support to unaffiliated community members in times of sickness, trouble or end of life and our Holiday Meal Delivery program ensures that no homebound senior is hungry or alone on the holidays. Collectively, these community services help improve independence, well-being and community support for those who partake.
Eric Geboff joined JFS Orlando as Executive Director in August 2011, bringing with him twenty-five years of experience in non-profit development, fundraising and financial management. Prior to coming to JFS, Eric served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and as the Assistant Director of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and is a graduate of the Roy E. Crummer Management Program at Rollins College.
Gwen Granet, CPA, earned a Bachelor's in Accounting from Florida State University. After graduating, she worked for a large tax firm in Jacksonville as a staff accountant and received her license as a Certified Public Accountant. After relocating to Central Florida in 2001, Gwen continued her career in public accounting until she transitioned to the private business sector in 2007. Currently, Gwen works for a local accounting firm managing their small business clients, one of which is JFS Orlando. Gwen serves as JFS Orlando’s Finance Manager and is responsible for fiscal management and reporting for the agency.
Mary Lee Walker joined JFS Orlando as Development Director in May 2015. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and brings years of fundraising experience with her to JFS Orlando. Mary Lee is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Florida Chapter, and has prior fundraising experience with several other local nonprofits, including Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Christian Service Center of Central Florida, Lighthouse Central Florida, and Heart of Florida United Way. Mary Lee holds a Master of Science in Communications from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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