About Us

Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Greater Kansas City is the place to turn when dealing with both crises and life’s everyday challenges.  With a highly-skilled and compassionate staff, JFS is available to help you make life more manageable. We were founded upon the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, one person – one family, at a time. This means preserving the well-being, comfort, and dignity of others, and always respecting the confidentiality of our clients.

We have stood the test of time. Founded in 1901 as United Jewish Charities, JFS was one of the founding agencies of United Way of Greater Kansas City. From crisis to chronic challenge, mental to spiritual struggle, physical to psychic pain, birth to end of life, JFS provides a breadth of services: Food, Shelter and Employment, Older Adult Programs, Mental Health Services, Family Life Education, and Chaplaincy. Throughout its over 112-year history, JFS has responded to the needs of all Kansas Citians, regardless of religion, race or economic status; over half of the 5,000 individuals we serve each year are not Jewish.