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Our Community is Everyone

JFS services reach far beyond the Jewish community to touch the lives of individuals and families from urban Milwaukee to the suburbs of Ozaukee County and many communities in between. Members of our Board of Directors, executives and staff actively seek out opportunities for collaboration.

Mercy Housing helps women in transition with limited financial income overcome hardship and achieve their potential. JFS care managers perform mental health assessments and referrals, evaluate daily living skills, advocate on clients’ behalf, serve as representative payee/conservator, find more permanent affordable housing and health care, and facilitate socialization.

Students in the Brown Deer School District and Central City Cyberschool benefit from a change in state regulations that allows JFS to provide counseling services in non-traditional locations. The program evolved to give at-risk students easy access to counseling. Parents do not need to find a way to get to a clinic; students just step out of class for their sessions.

The Milwaukee County Court System regularly refers families involved in the divorce process to JFS for a range of services, including the Court-Mandated Divorce Class for each divorcing parent with a minor child. JFS is one of the few agencies that offer the program, which is paid for by the parents. The JFS Family Center offers several additional programs for parents and children dealing with the conflicts of divorce. The P.E.A.C.E. (Processing Emotions And Communication Effectively) program offers insurance-eligible individual and family counseling for highly conflicted couples. The courts also refer to our H.O.P.E. (Helping Offenders Process Emotions) program to assist domestic violence offenders that have mental health issues.

Bringing Multiple Partners to the Table

JFS has also taken the lead in bringing multiple partners to the table at the same time. JFS leadership identified a need for young adults with developmental disabilities to have appropriate, independent and transitional housing options. As a result, JFS has collaborated with Movin’ Out, Inc., a non-profit located in Madison and Milwaukee, to insure safe, affordable, community-integrated housing for people with disabilities.

In addition, the Community Mental Health Education Project, a program of Jewish Family Services, has collaborated with many community organizations to help carry out its mission to raise awareness about mental health issues. Collaborators include Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA), Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), UMOS, Dry Hootch, Grand Avenue Club, UWM Norris Health Center and more.

The Future of Social Services

Social services are becoming more of a shared enterprise, maximizing talents and expertise and minimizing costs. JFS, through the outreach of its executives, directors and staff, will continue to grow through collaborative partnerships locally and beyond.