JFCS Receives $50,000 Grant for Building Strong Families Program

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc received a $50,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its Building Strong Families (BSF) Program helping families in the North Port.

Sarasota, FL, November 09, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The Building Strong Families program, offered in Sarasota and Manatee counties, is a project geared towards keeping families safely housed in their present home by providing financial assistance and case management services because of a job loss or reduced earnings.

The grant will allow JFCS to continue serving those at risk in North Port for homelessness because of domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce/separation, medical crisis, employment loss and other life challenges facing families. Services include intensive case management, counseling, education, employment counseling and budgeting tools. Since 2008, the program has helped more than 410 North Port families remain in their homes and 800 children stay in place at school.

“Our BSF Program allows our families to focus on each other and achieve economic self-sufficiency,” said Rose Chapman, LCSW, president and CEO of JFCS. “We are very grateful to Gulf Coast Community Foundation for the opportunity to serve more families in the North Port area where services are limited and financial hardship is overwhelming.”

“JFCS’ BSF program has a success rate greater than 91% for the more than 7,600 families we have assisted since 2003,” reported Joe Mendels, Board Chair of JFCS. “We value our relationship with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and their ongoing support for our efforts to strengthen our community.”

For more information about the program, call The Building Strong Families Coordinator at 941-366-2224.

About JFCS
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. (JFCS) is a fully accredited, community-based social service organization delivering a broad range of services, including counseling to children, adolescents, adults, families, seniors, and veterans on a secular, non-denominational basis. JFCS promotes self-sufficiency, providing people with the resources not only to cope but to overcome life’s challenges.
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