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Jewish Family & Community Services Launches a New Inclusion in Education Program

February 20th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Founded in 1917, Jewish Family & Community Services helps about 15,000 people a year with our $7.2 million annual budget – yet remains one of the area’s best-kept philanthropic secrets.

In a typical year, JFCS facilitates more than 100 adoptions; provides thousands of residents with crisis financial aid and food; supports struggling middle-schoolers; counsels families; helps young people transition out of foster care into adulthood; aids Holocaust survivors that live in Northeast Florida and provides a safety net in other ways for those struggling– whatever their faith.

All is done without much fanfare, and normally we don’t mind, until time comes when we need extra help to support our missions – such as our new effort to advocate for special needs children in schools.

February is National Inclusive Education Month, and JFCS recently launched a program to support children, their families and educators who want to see special needs children receive the learning they deserve – and that the law requires. As part of the effort, JFCS met already this year with parents and teachers to assess needs in the community.

So please take a minute to visit our website at www.jfcsjax.org, and help us if you can.

Colleen Rodriguez is CEO of Jewish Family & Community Services in Jacksonville and a guest blogger for WhatsUpJacksonville.com. Professionals interested in guest blogging can write to [email protected]

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