Mission, Vision & Values

Executive Director’s Message

Welcome to the Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte website. I hope whether you are visiting our site to access support, interested in helping out or are just looking to gain more information about JFS, that you are able to easily find the information you need.

JFS has been serving our community for 40 years. With the support of our community, JFS is providing critical services to members of our community. We are committed to raising awareness around social issues impacting our community as well as celebrating Jewish culture and traditions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are unaable to access the specific information you need or if you have further questions. JFS staff is here to help.

Thank you for your interest in JFS!

Howard Olshansky

Executive Director

Our Mission 

Jewish Family Services is dedicated to strengthening and empowering individuals and families through professional counseling, programs and services that are inspired by Jewish values. Our goal is to improve quality of life regardless of race, religion, ethnic background or sexual orientation.

Our Vision 

Jewish Family Services envisions a community where every member will have their physical, social and emotional needs fully met.

Our Values

  • Proactively respond to the evolving needs of our community.
  • Treat all people with dignity, respect and compassion in a warm, nurturing environment.
  • Foster independence by providing the resources to help others help themselves.
  • Maintain the highest levels of integrity and accountability by adhering to the ethical standards of our profession.
  • Value the contributions and ideas of volunteers, staff and donors.
  • Respect the privacy of all who turn to JFS in their time of need.

“JFS is warm and welcoming and I think embodies “it’s ok to not be ok”.  It feels like a safe place to get help”

Our History 

Founded in 1980, Jewish Family Services has evolved from an agency serving Jewish Russian immigrants, seniors, and the financially needy to one that provides a full range of programming, counseling and social service assistance to the entire Greater Charlotte community.

What We Do

Jewish Family Services assists those facing daily challenges, life’s transitions, new hardships and unexpected crises. 

Our programs provide education, engagement, counseling, food, care management, financial assistance, resources and referrals. 

Our services are available to all individuals – from children and adolescents to families and the elderly – regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity, race, culture, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. Our compassionate health care professionals administer comprehensive programs that offer comfort, counseling and connection to a broad network of support.

Growing steadily each year, JFS offers programs and services in a variety of settings from Charlotte to Lake Norman and as far south as Sun City. 

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