A community resource and a neighborhood fixture

“As … social services have evolved and changed over the years to accommodate changing needs and greater numbers of the population, their audiences have widened and shifted, too. But ultimately their focuses have remained the same: to improve the quality of life of children, families and adults of all ages.”

In this month’s Squirrel Hill Magazine, JF&CS PR Associate Emily Leone wrote a feature article, “Serving One and All: A History of Social Services in Squirrel Hill.” In keeping with the issue’s theme of “history,” the article highlights several social service agencies for their long-standing support and commitment to Squirrel Hill, including The Children’s Institute, the Jewish Community Center and JF&CS. We are a unique community, fortunate to have such valuable services right here in our neighborhood.

JF&CS takes pride in our ability to serve our neighbors despite heavy cuts in local, state and federal funding. While economic uncertainty remains for many non-profits, families simultaneously are feeling the pinch. Located in the Squirrel Hill community, we serve not only the Squirrel Hill and East End communities, but all of Allegheny County and beyond. In our last fiscal year, we helped a record 8,475 people.

JF&CS is committed to serving not only the Jewish community, but the community at large. Like the other wonderful social service agencies highlighted, we are a lifeline for those seeking help and an advocate for the underserved.

After the holidays have come and gone, please continue to remember those who are less fortunate. Need knows no season, and although we know that holiday time is often a time for sharing our good fortune, 365 days a year there are individuals and families in crises or weathering difficult transitions. Your partnership is critical to our ability to be there for them.

You can support JF&CS’s good work through your annual donations and through tribute card donations, which serve as a lovely gesture in honor of or memory of someone. The cards feature beautiful artwork by local artists. For more information on purchasing these tribute cards, please visit the Donate page of our website, or contact Lara Daly at 412-586-3777 or ldaly@jfcspgh.org.

We thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness and for helping to ensure that JF&CS will persist as a neighborhood resource for decades to come.

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