Family Services

Formerly Jewish Family Services

A special thanks to Our York Media for covering this important partnership. View the article here

The York JCC’s Family Services department provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the greater York community in order to enhance their quality of life.

Have questions about Family Services?

Contact Family Services Director, Carol Miller | cmiller@yorkjcc.org | 717.843.0918

Programs & Services

Project Manna/Hunger

Project Manna food pantry helps individuals and families who cannot afford to buy sufficient food, either temporarily or long-term. If you or your family is in this situation, call us for an intake interview.

To learn more about the J Pantry and to view our J Pantry Shopping List, please click the button below.

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J Ride Staying Connected Transportation Program

We’re here to help seniors stay independent! Maintaining our independence, and being able to remain in our own homes, are often major concerns as we grow older. The things we need to do —  finding transportation to a medical appointment — are no longer so easy if we don’t drive any more. That’s where Staying Connected comes in. We can help you, or your aging parents, continue to accomplish the everyday tasks of life.

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Social Groups & Enrichment Programs

Men’s Think Tank

If you enjoy stimulating discussion of contemporary issues, this group is for you. Come meet the guys for lunch – from deli to Chinese to a local diner.
Meets: The third Thursday of each month

For information or to join a group, call 717-843-0918 or email cmiller@yorkjcc.org.

Stitches of Love

Knit with us — for a good cause. Our volunteers have made thousands of hats, mittens, scarves and sweaters and donated them to needy children and adults here in York and around the world. Beginners welcome! We also meet with a similar group from Luther Memorial Lutheran Church.
Meets: Second Thursday of each month

For information or to join a group, call 717-843-0918 or email cmiller@yorkjcc.org.

Community Resources & Referral Services

Community Resources & Referral Services

Our Family Services Department offers a wide range of comprehensive resources and referral services, click below to learn more.
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Stock the J Pantry Food Drive

Stock the J Pantry

High Holy Days Food Drive

September 1 – 30

Proceeds benefit the J Pantry, a program of the JCC Family Services Department (formerly JFS), which serves food-insecure individuals and families in the York community.

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History

The history of the JCC’s Family Services, formerly Jewish Family Services (JFS)

1988—Founded as a social service agency for York’s Jewish community. Its part-time executive director, Joan Krechmer, works out of a small office in the JCC basement in downtown York.

1989—Moves to the new JCC near Queensgate and provides core services of case management and outreach. Other initial programs reach out to the growing number of interfaith families, and to B’nai Mitzvot and their families in an effort to return the lifecycle event to its spiritual foundation.

1990—Brings together the York Jewish community to resettle the Milners, the first of five Jewish families resettled to York after fleeing the disintegrating Soviet Bloc.

1990s—Involves teens in mitzvah projects on topics as diverse as AIDS, aging and animal welfare using grants from the Freas Foundation and the York Foundation. This begins a tradition of intergenerational programming.

1993—Joins a regional Jewish Connections program for singles.

1993—Begins coordinating the Jewish community’s monthly volunteersupport for Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

1994—Parenting educator Jessica Brein offers classes and several years later launches The Parenting Place to improve communication skills.

1995—Wins the first of 14 Kovod Awards from the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, recognizing excellence in programs and publications. The first award recognizes JFS’s quarterly newsletter.

1999—Receives first grant from Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger.

2000—The Project Manna food pantry begins operation.

2000—Renown Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein speaks in York to celebrate JFS’s anniversary.

2002—Staying Connected, an escorted senior transportation program, begins with a $25,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. Linda Love coordinates the program that brings together six congregations.

2002—The first Hunger Walk-A-Thon is held on the Rail Trail.

2003—Begins offering guardianship services throughout the York community; in 2008, Joan Krechmer becomes one of the area’s two National Certified Guardians.

2003—The High Holy Day Food Drive is launched.

2004—The Lunch Bunch for women coalesces, fostering and reigniting friendships. Two years later, the Men’s Think Tank follows suit.

2004—Betty Hoke helps JFS launch Stitches of Love.

2007—Working with Jewish War Veterans President Jerry Cohen and his wife Toby, JFS launches an interfaith, intergenerational Veterans Memorial Day project, bringing together York Catholic High School students, and Jewish teens and adults to place flags on graves.

2008—Executive Director Joan Krechmer becomes a certified geriatric care manager, launches the Wise Options program.

2008—A 20th anniversary gala at the Out Door Country Club honors JFS founding father Allan Dameshek.

2009—Staying Connected joins with the Area Agency on Aging to recruit Medicare counseling volunteers, expanding the APPRISE counseling program.

2009—More than five years after its website debut, JFS joins Facebook and promotes its first Band Together for a Cause fundraiser.

2010—Partnering with York College Gerontology Professor Mary Ligon, JFS launches an oral history project involving students and seniors.

2010—Assumes oversight of Veterans Memorial Project and annual community Memorial Weekend Service at South Hill Hebrew Cemetery.

2011—Joins the Embracing Aging Initiative Committee of the York County Community Foundation. The next year, JFS produces video profiles of three active area seniors, funded by a foundation grant.

2013—With a grant from the state justice institute, consults with the York County Court System to develop a model guardianship education and training program.

2021—JFS is officially acquired by the York Jewish Community Center.

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