2018 ANNUAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS
LETTER FROM THE BOARD CHAIR AND CEO
2018 has ushered in exciting changes and new opportunities for an agency already brimming with activity. After many years of searching for the perfect home, JFSA purchased a new headquarters in Pepper Pike. Our new building will accommodate staff who had previously been operating from three locations. The opportunity to work together in one location for the first time in nearly 30 years will improve the ways in which we work on behalf of those we serve and improve the experience of individuals seeking service.
This summer, we welcomed a new agency to our family—Jewish Family Service of Akron. JFS Akron sits on the beautiful Schultz Campus for Jewish Life and is surrounded by the Shaw JCC of Akron, the Lippman School, Beth El Congregation and the Jewish Community Board of Akron. JFSA Cleveland acquired the agency in August and will be helping to grow its service offerings and assisting with its infrastructure needs.
Finally, in response to the community’s efforts to manage the complexity of serving Alzheimer’s and dementia-related disorders, JFSA was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living. The program focuses upon developing dementia capability in communities by implementing best practices, providing dementia education, and offering support to caregivers.
It is thanks to our many donors, friends, volunteers, and partners that we have the opportunity to continually re-imagine our future!
Susan Bichsel, PhD
President & CEO