Human Services


Rooted in community since 1911

Saint Paul, MN


Inspired by Jewish values, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul helps individuals and families build on their strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet life’s challenges with dignity. The values that define our programming include Chesed (kindness), Tzedaka (justice) and Tikun Olam (repairing the world).

Ruling Year


Chief Executive Officer

Ted Flaum

Main Address

1633 7th St W

Saint Paul, MN 55102 USA


counseling, therapy, employment, aging, disability, isolated





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Programs + Results

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Jewish Family Service of St. Paul serves approximately 1,800 individuals annually within the greater east Metro area. We meet the needs of our clients regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age or gender. We serve:

*Men, women, children, couples and families seeking counseling
*Seniors wishing to maintain their independence
*Unemployed and Underemployed persons
*Caregivers who need support
*Individuals and families facing difficult transitions
*People planning a hospital stay
*Individuals who are isolated and need emotional and spiritual support
*People facing economic emergencies
*Individuals needing referrals to appropriate resources
*Immigrants and refugees
*Individuals who want/need Kosher meals-on-wheels

Our programs

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Counseling and Early Intervention

Employment and Training

Community Chaplaincy

Aging and Disability Services

Community Case Management & Emergency Financial Assistance

Life Enriching Activities Program (LEAP)

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The mission of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul is to help individuals and families to build on their strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet life's challenges with dignity. To accomplish this, we focus on improving the lives of individuals and families. All our programs meet our clients where they currently are, instead of where we think they should be. Our services are person-based and our work with clients is based solely on their perceived needs and wishes. We recognize that life is full of expected and unforeseen transitions. Jewish Family Service provides the resources and programs to assist families and individuals to successfully navigate these transitions, thereby achieving results that allows them to lead lives in confidence and with dignity.

Our work is inspired by traditional Jewish values and our focus is on the values of:

* Chesed (kindness)

* Tzedaka (justice)

* Tikun Olam (repairing the world)

In order to meet the ever-changing needs of the people we serve and our community, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul:

* Continually assesses the needs of the community and our ability to address those needs either on our own or through collaborations with other agencies. We work hard to stay on top of the changing needs of our service population, and the outside resources that may exist to help people meet their needs. JFS is an active collaborator with agencies within and outside of the Jewish community.

* Maintain positive relationships with our stake holders. JFS continually and actively works to maintain good working relations with our funding entities, referral sources, collaborating partners and our supporters. We believe good communication is a key to maintaining positive relationships

* Regularly evaluate the impact and effectiveness of our programming. JFS has developed the capacity in-house to review and objectively measure how effective and efficient our programs are in meeting their goals and the needs of our client population. We utilize data collected and maintained about our population, our inputs, our goals and our results. Staff recommend changes to procedures as needed to address our findings.

* Work to ensure our staff accurately reflects our client population. JFS works to ensure that each of our individual service providers is culturally adept to provide services to the diverse population we serve.

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul is considered a leader in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area regarding the services we provide. All our programs are collaborative in nature, always looking for new partners to strengthen the services offered. The three core areas of our programming are Senior Services, Counseling and Early Intervention and Employment and Training.

JFS is led by a diverse and dedicated Board of Directors who are active working within our seven Board committees. All our Board and staff are dedicated to the mission of the agency.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
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