Family and Children Services
JFS is committed to serving the needs of children and families and offers an array of programs and services to help promote and strengthen those in need.
We have programs geared to address a wide range of challenges encountered across the life cycle of families including the Arthur and Betty Roswell Counseling Center, the Family Mentor Program, the Special Needs Program, and the Refugee Assistance Program.
Senior Support Services
JFS has a long history of serving seniors and helping to reduce loneliness, isolation and the stress of aging.
We offer an array of services including Geriatric Assessment, Mental Health Counseling, Case Management, Caregiver Support, our Good Deeds Corps, and the Holocaust SurvivorAssistance Program to address the needs of older adults.
Ohr Tikvah / Jewish Healing Services
Ohr Tikvah (Light of Hope) Jewish Healing Program provides outreach, support and pastoral care to Jewish community members, particularly individuals who are not affiliated with a specific congregation.
The program also provides programs and services for individuals in psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities, senior residences, and special needs facilities to offer them a connection to the Jewish community.
Ohr Tikvah provides several lists of books and other information sources on aspects of illness, disease, death, coping with death and Jewish healing.
L'Chaim: Nourishing the Mind and Soul of our Elderly is a collaborative volunteer visiting program that matches volunteers with isolated older persons living in the community, in an assisted living or nursing home. The purpose is to provide emotional and spiritual connection to enhance their quality of life. All of the older persons receive a geriatric assessment by a licensed clinical social worker from JFS. Appropriate referrals are made.
This program is available in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties at no charge.
Emergency food vouchers are available to individuals in our community who are financially eligible. Please contact us for more information and a confidential, private conversation.
Hebrew Free Loan Program
As of January, 2014 the very successful Hebrew Free Loan Program of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties has merged into Jewish Family Service. Hebrew Free Loans are made to help individuals become financially self-supporting, i.e. to purchase a car, make car repairs, medical needs, housing costs, educational expenses or business start-up costs.
Hebrew Free Loans are not available for living expenses or to pay other obligations. The maximum loan is $1,500.00 and the minimum loan is $250.00, although other amounts may be available under special circumstances. All loans must be repaid in monthly installments and there is no interest on the loan or fees associated with the loan.
To qualify for a Hebrew Free Loan contact Jewish Family Service to complete an application and be interviewed. Grants from the Jewish Family Service Emergency Assistance Fund are also available by contacting JFS at 908 725-7799.
Family Life Education
The agency makes speakers available to the entire community on a variety of mental health related topics. Articles on mental health issues are also often written by our staff and appear in local newspapers.
Information and Referral
Information and referral is offered in response to daily inquires and requests for services in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties. Individuals contact Jewish Family Service with a problem or need and are referred to the appropriate agency or service provider.
We've received many nice comments from client and participants in our various programs. To read a sampling, please see this page.