2015 Annual Report
Message From The Board Chair and The President & CEO
Dear Board Members, Friends, Supporters, Volunteers, Partners and Neighbors:
We are privileged to present you with the 2014-15 Annual Report for Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS). Our fiscal year ending August 31, 2015 was another milestone year for the agency.
Two of the major highlights of the 2014-2015 year were receiving a prestigious four-star Charity Navigator rating in December 2014 followed by being named a 2015 Sun Sentinel “Top Workplace” in April of 2015. JFS finished 10th in the small business category. Being recognized as a Top Workplace was all the more special because it is based upon an employee driven rating, where responses are compared to other similar sized agencies in our industry. We couldn’t be more proud than to have received both recognitions in the same fiscal year and view this as a testament to the work and health of our organization.
Our budget continued to grow with additional funding from the Claims Conference for our Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program. This increase required the JFS Board to approve a revised budget for the fiscal year of $9M in November 2014. In addition, we were able to start a new program to help family members caring for their loved ones called the “Caregiver Resources and Respite” program through a demonstration grant provided by the Palm Healthcare Foundation. Our Meals on Wheels Program successfully completed a second year of operations with the support of funds from the Jewish Federation and continues to grow providing more volunteer opportunities delivering food to home-bound seniors. The Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center purchased two buses to transport seniors to the Center with funds provided by the Federal Government’s “New Freedoms Act” with matching funds from Hands on Tzedakah. Rales Rides provides hundreds of seniors, who do not have their own transportation, access to the wealth of programs that take place at the Weisman Center.
The JFS Board of Directors spent the entire fiscal year working on updating the Strategic Plan which was formally presented and approved at the Annual Meeting in April 2015. The Strategic Plan included a new section on planning for the future needs of seniors living in our community. To that end, with Board approval, JFS began the process of creating a separate 501c3 to be known as “JFS at Home” which will provide home healthcare services to the community.
All of these accomplishments and efforts enhance our ability to provide innovative programs and services to the community. None of this could ever be accomplished without the efforts of our dedicated board, staff, volunteers and YOU, our supporters. We express heartfelt gratitude to all of you whose generosity helps us provide hope to those living in our community.