Jewish Family Service employs professional, licensed social workers in its counseling program. They provide individual, couples, child, family and group therapy.
Some of the issues addressed include depression, anxiety, marital issues, parent/child issues, coping with divorce, loss and grief, aging and various other types of problems related to life’s transitions.
JFS accepts Medicare and Medicaid and most other managed care insurance providers. A sliding fee scale is available for those unable to pay the full fee. This program receives support from the County of Somerset, Department of Human Services.
One of the top priorities of Jewish Family Service is serving the needs of the elderly. This population however presents a unique problem for mental health professionals as it is hindered by a lack of both mobility and adequate public transportation. Our licensed social workers, therefore, make home visits to seniors who live alone and have difficulty traveling. Our Senior Support Services include: Geriatric Assessment, Mental Health Counseling, Case Management, Caregiver Support, Volunteer Visitation, Senior Shopper Program and Information and Referral Service. This program receives support from the Susan and Steve Darien Fund for Senior Services, The Betty and Joe Harris Memorial Fund, The Somerset County Office on Aging and other funders.
In the Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren County area, Jewish Family Service is one of the very few agencies that offer comprehensive and individualized services on a sliding scale basis to individuals seeking employment who do not have a specific barrier to employment. Even though they may not have a barrier such as a disability, many such individuals have difficulty finding employment on their own due to the emotional impact of job loss and the tight job market. The sliding fee scale ranges from $25-$75 and accommodations are made for those unable to pay. The program offers many services to individuals who are unemployed, underemployed and those seeking a career change.
The Family Mentor Program is designed to provide in-home support, information and advocacy. It addresses the needs of families that are feeling overwhelmed by matching a trained community volunteer with them and promoting the individual strengths and capacities within each family unit. The program supports the family’s ability to successfully address challenges, rather than focusing on problems. The Family Mentor Program’s major outcome is the promotion of the emotional health of children and adults.
The Ohr Tikvah (Light of Hope) Jewish Outreach Program provides outreach and support to Jewish community members, particularly to individuals who are isolated and living in institutional or group settings such as senior residences, group homes and special needs facilities to offer them a connection to the Jewish community.
Special Needs Programs are offered to the children and families of those with a developmental disability. Included are individuals on the autism spectrum. Programs being offered include: Social Skills Learning Group, Sibling Support Group and Parent Support Group and a Social Club for adults with special needs. There is a nominal fee for most programs and accommodations are made for those unable to pay. Expanding Horizons receives financial support from the Nancy L. and Arthur E. Lee Family Fund for Special Needs.
Emergency Assistance for food and other necessities is available to JFS clients and others in the community who are financially in need. JFS also takes applications for NJ SHARES, a program for people in need of assistance paying their utility bills.