JFSC (Jewish Family Service Calgary)

For almost 60 years we have had the incredible opportunity to support those in need within Calgary. Our programs have become critical life-lines to so many and we pride ourselves in the ability to provide individualized support throughout our programs and services.

“JFSC has made so much difference in my life. I got support from the agency when I needed it.”

“Thanks to your agency our family will be all together this Passover and having a real Seder.”

“It can be humbling to be so transparent with one’s circumstances, but you made it relatively painless.”

“I know I always have a place to turn to for help and support.”

Individuals and families from all faiths and cultures coming to JFSC receive holistic care, meaning that the needs of all clients are addressed simultaneously to the best of the ability of the agency. JFSC functions as a broadly based social support and safety net for the clients we serve.

The Board of Directors, Staff and Members of JFSC believe that it is not who we provide service to but how we provide that service that matters most. Our services and programs are offered in the spirit of Jewish tradition and values: social justice, compassion, and a commitment to repairing the world.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES | Our Guiding Principles ground us in our practice and ensure that we have a clear focus on the programs and initiatives that truly fulfill the needs of our clients and our communities.
We are committed to doing what we do every day, with these principles at the forefront of our efforts.

  • We treat each individual with dignity and respect.
  • We are accessible to people of all faiths and cultures.
  • We work together to strengthen all communities recognizing the value of participation and collaboration.
  • We are accountable to our clients and stakeholders.
  • We empower individuals and families by promoting self-sufficiency.
  • We respond to new ideas and emerging needs.

OUR MISSION | JFSC enriches lives and strengthens communities by providing social services to individuals, children, youth and families based on the values of compassion, social justice and improving the world.


Our programs have become critical life-lines to so many and we pride ourselves in the ability to provide individualized support throughout our programs and services.

BASIC NEEDS – WYNNE’S PANTRY (MIRIAM’S WELL) | Our basic needs program is designed to address food security for vulnerable Calgarians through the provisions of our on-site food pantry.

CLAIMS CONFERENCE (Jewish Material Claims Against Germany) – POST WAR SURVIVOR SERVICES | A vital program that supports eligible Holocaust Survivors with assistance to apply for one-time compensation or pensions from the Claims Conference and/or German government. Along with support in applying for additional resources offered by government agencies, home support services, connection to cultural and social supports and advocacy.

SHALOM BAYIT (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) | Our program works towards establishing “peace in the home”, one of the highest values of Judaism. We do this by addressing issues related to healthy relationships and parenting, domestic violence, dating violence and child abuse.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION | Dedicated to the enhancement of personal growth, building of self-esteem, and strengthening the family unit, our programs offer information, education, support, and skill development related to all ages and stages of the life cycle.

ESL | JFSC has been offering English as a second language classes to older adult newcomers/immigrants for over fifteen years. The success that these people have during resettlement is directly related to their ability to speak English. This program serves 45 students per term for three sessions a year. This program creates a sense of belonging in the community. It empowers our clients to know that it’s never too late to learn.

HOME SUPPORT SERVICES | Providing personal care, medication assistance, housekeeping, companionship, meal preparation, accompaniment to medical appointments, shopping and community activities and respite for primary caregivers.

MEMORY CARE | Servicing clients throughout the city of Calgary with in-home services that provide brain boosting activities for Seniors with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and dementia and to provide respite for caregivers. This program is made possible through the generous funds of Len Shapiro.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT LINE | Providing short-term therapy with three no-cost counselling sessions via the phone or virtual conferencing. These therapeutic services are provided by a registered provisional psychologist.

OLDER ADULTS | Older Adults is a part of the Way In Collective, a partnership with 3 other non profits in the city of Calgary. Our program provides information, referral and access to community services to assist with food security, housing, transportation, and health care. As well as advocacy and emotional support, connection to community groups and activities, education and health promotion, and support to complete forms and applications for government benefits and income programs.

RESETTLEMENT | Providing community connections that strengthen cultural identity through advocacy, information and referrals, and support in navigating programs and services. Included in this program is initial and on-going assessment of needs, financial literacy and coaching, and connection to community resources.

SAFTA’S KITCHEN | Launching in October 2020. This program will focus on the creation and sharing of meals amongst neighbours. It is a part of the Igniting Neighbours for Kind Communities initiative that is a collective impact agreement with eight other non-profits in Calgary. The goal is to focus on decreasing social isolation to increase social connections through neighbours. We are calling it Safta’s Kitchen as Safta means grandmother in Hebrew. At the end of the year a cook-book will be given to all participants that highlights their recipes and stories.

SENIORS MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS RESPONSE TEAM | This was initially developed with the support of the City of Calgary grant called Change Can’t Wait. This is an interdisciplinary team consisting of a social worker and Licensed Practical Nurse that specialize in the areas of mental health and addictions to provide outreach services. These outreach services consist of: acting as advocates for the clients, completing assessments for the clients, connecting the clients to community resources, and focusing on early intervention and prevention.

To read more about our Programs and Services, please visit our website.


Volunteer  | JFSC has an on-going need for volunteers of all ages, stages and talents. Our volunteer area is always expanding its opportunities and training. As a JFSC volunteer, you can touch the lives of those most in need in our community by working together with our staff to provide innovative and vitally needed services to others.

Click here for current Volunteer Opportunities

If you’d like to help us out please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 403.287.3510 or e-mail [email protected]

Donate on-line | Your donation will make a difference in the lives of so many people; from providing individuals and families with food, to offering education to children and youth in our outreach education programs, to ensuring that older adults feel less lonely. These are just some of the ways you are making a difference. Thank you!—

Tribute Cards | Commemorate a life event or pay tribute to someone who has passed on, by sending a customized Tribute Card. To send a card please complete the Dedication Information on our Donation page or call 403.287.3510.


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