Join us on Tuesday, June 4th for the JFCS 76th Annual Meeting. We are Building Something Great Together!
We will be celebrating the installation of a new board president, officers, and board members, as well as recognizing outstanding volunteer and staff contributions. View the invitation for more details.
Jewish Family & Children's Service ("JFCS") of Greater Mercer County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service agency that strengthens individuals and families by empowering people to care for themselves and others. This is accomplished through a wide range of high quality social services and programs including therapy, information and referral, support, education and advocacy. By combining contemporary clinical skills with values of charity, righteousness and compassion, Jewish Family & Children's Service seeks to assist families with many of life's toughest challenges.
For over 75 years, our agency has served those in need in Greater Mercer County. We are headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey with an additional location in Ewing.
Who We Are
Our dedicated board and staff are led by Joyce Kalstein, Board President and Linda Meisel, LCSW, Executive Director. Our
counseling and executive staff are all professionals with Master's degrees and New Jersey State licensed social workers
continually trained in current techniques and issues. In addition, scores of volunteers ranging from octogenarians to
young children give their time and energy every day to help JFCS make a difference for people in our community. Jewish
Family & Children’s Service is certified by the Council on Accreditation for Agencies Serving Children and Families and
licensed by the State of New Jersey.
Who We Serve
In the past year, we assisted more than 3,000 individuals in our community. Families in need, seniors and their adult children, couples and individuals, and victims of trauma and violence all turned to Jewish Family & Children’s Service for
competent, confidential and caring support. We are a non-discriminatory agency providing social services to a diverse
population. All members of our community are served. JFCS provides an affordable sliding scale fee structure to ensure
that everyone who seeks our services can receive them.
How We Are Funded
Jewish Family & Children’s Service receives funding from individuals, foundations, local businesses and government grants.
We are a proud beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and a recipient of
funding from the United Way of Greater Mercer County. Our donors account for over half of the funds needed to support
our $1.7 MM budget. Our overhead is low – a remarkable 84 cents of every donated dollar goes to providing client
Our Programs and Services
In 2011-2012, Jewish Family & Children's Service provided:
Counseling and Medication Monitoring that assisted more than 260 people through one-on-one and group counseling, medication monitoring, youth and teen counseling.
Case Management and Financial Assistance that assisted more than 850 people through holiday financial assistance, Hebrew Free Loan Society, food vouchers, summer camp assistance, and the LIGHTS program.
Secure@Home and Senior Programming that assisted more than 880 people through counseling, referrals and resources for older adults, services to Holocaust survivors, aging in place programs, the Kosher Café serving more than 4,700 meals, Golden Agers (in association with the Jewish Community Center) and Kosher Meals on Wheels.
Prevention and Support Services that assisted more than 1,000 people with developing the skills and resources to cope with all types of life cycle transitions or crises. Family learning and education, domestic violence support, peer education for teens, childhood social skills programs, and grief and bereavement groups are just some of the ways we helped those in need.