2019 Annual Report
Message From The Board Chair and The President & CEO
Dear Board Members, Supporters, Volunteers, and Friends,
We are pleased to present you with the 2018-2019 Annual Report on the activities of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS). Our fiscal year runs from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.
The first few months of the fiscal year were used for planning our 40th Anniversary Celebration which kicked off with an announcement at the 2018 JFS Annual Gala that throughout 2019 we would be celebrating our 40 years of serving the community. It was also announced that JFS had established a “40th Anniversary Fund” with a challenge grant from the Estate of Madeleine (z’l) and Eugene Pargh (z’l) who made a generous $400K gift and asked the community to match them. Gifts made to the 40th Anniversary Fund will be used to support current and future programs at the agency. Donations to the 40th Anniversary Fund were collected throughout the 2019 calendar year. In total over $1M was contributed to the fund!
Our participation in the “Leave a Legacy” program continued and during this fiscal year. JFS was able to secure five new expectancies totaling $770K, bringing total expectancies to $14.4M. Of this, $100K was realized during the fiscal year, bringing our total endowment funds to $12.5M, as of the August 31, 2019.
Recognizing the continued needs of our Holocaust Survivor clients, JFS received additional funding from the Claims Conference for our Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program. In addition, as a result of grass roots efforts by many of our donors and supporters, we were able to successfully maintain the current State of Florida funding for this program during the budgeting cycle, including an allocation for “Rales Rides Senior Transportation” to bring older adults to the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center.
JFS at Home, Inc. completed its repayment of their loan from JFS which was utilized for start-up and operating costs, and was able to make an additional contribution of $250K to JFS during the 2019 fiscal year. JFS continues to be a great partner of JFS at Home, Inc. as we strive to continue as the premiere human service agency serving our community.
The programs under the Center for Families and Children continue to have a great impact on the community, including an expansion of the Domestic Abuse Education & Action program and $212,000 in summer camp scholarships provided for the summer of 2019.
In recognition of their parents’ long standing commitment to JFS and the Jacobson Family Food Pantry, the grocery area in the pantry was renamed the “Pargh Family Grocery.” This same year, the Meals on Wheels Program was renamed the “Adele Loeb and Les Nackman Meals on Wheels Program” providing over 39,000 meals to homebound seniors in partnership with the Jewish Association of Residential Care (JARC).
JFS continues to maintain a 4-Star Charity Rating from Charity Navigator, as well as the coveted “Top Workplace” recognition from the Sun Sentinel.
None of these accomplishments could ever have been 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.