Highlights From Our Agencies

Quest Camp Provides Summer Camp Experience for Children with Emotional and Social Challenges

Every year on April 2nd, organizations around the world aim to raise awareness of autism and how the diagnosis affect...

Every year on April 2nd, organizations around the world aim to raise awareness of autism and how the diagnosis affects individuals and families. Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh provides many resources for families and individuals who are managing an autism diagnosis, and we also offer a multitude of programs and services that assist with other special needs and disabilities.
  
Most notably, JF&CS's Squirrel Hill Psychological Services (SHPS) partners with Quest Therapeutic Camps, a 2014 AJFCA Annual Conference sponsor in offering the Quest Therapeutic Summer and Afterschool Programs. Quest Camp was launched in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2012 and is a unique summer therapeutic day camp program for children ages 6 - 18 who experience mild to moderate emotional and/or social challenges. Quest Camp is designed for children with diagnoses including attention deficit disorder, chronic anxiety, chronic depression and high-functioning Autism (previously called Asperger's Syndrome).

"Quest Camp is a first-of-its-kind camp in Pittsburgh. The program is different from the typical summer camp experience; it is a therapeutic program designed to address children's emotional and social challenges while setting them up for future success throughout the school year, which typical summer camps are not equipped to do," said Dr. Jordan Golin, director of SHPS. "Additionally, Quest Camp provides a middle-ground for children who might slip through the cracks or have occasional struggles in a typical summer camp but who do not have the level of need that warrants a strictly special needs program." 

JFCS Suncoast to Honor Four Veterans at Tribute to Veterans Awards Luncheon

Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast  will honor and recognize four veterans at a Tribute ...

Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast  will honor and recognize four veterans at a Tribute to Veterans Service to Community Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 27th. Award Recipients include Richard R. Alvarez, SSG, US Army; Christopher L.  Davis, MSG, US Army; Andy Hooker, SPC 5th Class, US Army; and John C. O'Brien, COL (Ret.), US Army.

The awardees were selected from the community for their ability to inspire patriotism, provide service to others and offer hope to veterans while demonstrating collaboration, leadership, and integrity.

 

Holocaust Survivors Enjoy an Afternoon of Friendship

Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati's Friendship Club enjoyed their trip to the symphony on March 1st . The Frien...

Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati's Friendship Club enjoyed their trip to the symphony on March 1st . The Friendship Club is a program of Jewish Family Service's Center for Holocaust Survivors and provides monthly social-therapeutic activities.
 
The survivors were accompanied by Lilly Wolter (second from the left), who is a JFS volunteer from Germany. Lilly joins JFS through Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP), an international program which hosts young German volunteers who work with our Holocaust survivor community for one year. ARSP is committed to combating racism and antisemitism, and to supporting peace. Learn more about the Center for Holocaust Survivors here.