2016 Annual Report
Message From The Board Chair and The President & CEO
Dear Board Members, Friends, Supporters, Volunteers, Partners and Neighbors:
We are pleased to present you with the 2015-2016 Annual Report on the activities of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS). Our fiscal year runs from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016.
For the second straight year JFS received a 4-Star Charity Navigator rating. This prestigious designation is only awarded to 10% of all Charity Navigator rated agencies and is reserved for those agencies found to have the highest level of sound business practices. We also were honored to be recognized for a second year by the Sun Sentinel as a “Top Workplace” rating 10th in the small business category. This award is particularly special because it is based on responses to an anonymous employee survey and is a testament to our positive and supportive work environment.
We continue to see positive growth in all areas of the agency, particularly in the Center for Families and Children programs with the continued expansion of our outreach initiatives and the addition of our Special Needs Department. We also saw significant growth in our Financial Assistance Program for Summer Camp Scholarships as more families took advantage of the program. Most notably is the confirmed recommitment for an additional two years to fund the program by the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation.
In April 2016 JFS spun off our Senior Companion Program to JFS at Home, Inc. a separate homecare agency established to help meet the growing needs of seniors in our community. The creation of JFS at Home, as a separate 501(c)(3) came as a result of the JFS Strategic Plan which accomplishes several goals including creating a diversified revenue stream for JFS and planning for the future needs of the exploding senior population in Palm Beach County. JFS at Home and JFS, while separate entities, maintain a close relationship as we share many clients, including providing services to several Holocaust Survivors, requiring coordination of services between our Senior Services Department and JFS at Home staff.
Our Counseling and Mental Health programs also saw tremendous increases in demand for services, particularly psychological testing and psychiatry requests. This is an area we expect to enhance in the coming year so that we can offer even more assistance to our community.
Finally, our fundraising efforts showed positive return as we welcomed many new donors to JFS and continued to have record breaking fundraising events. Our endowments held at the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation grew as several new legacy gifts were received this year.
None of these accomplishments could ever be achieved without the efforts of our dedicated staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and YOU, our generous supporters. Thank you for your generosity in support of our work.