Programs & Services

Jewish Community Care

Our Jewish Community Care program offers individuals and families connections to a multitude of support systems. We work with Jewish organizations such as synagogues, JCC, day schools, and the Buffalo Jewish Federation to ensure that we know what our community members need and how best to develop services to fulfill those needs.

Whether the need is mental health wellness counseling, vocational and training career services, Jewish care coordination for those on Medicaid, or Holocaust care coordination, we are prepared to support the Jewish community. New programs, workshops, and opportunities for social engagement are periodically added to our programming, so check back often.

For additional information or to learn about new programs, workshops, and opportunities for social engagement, please contact Jewish Community Care Manager, Matt Stewart at mstewart@jfswny.org or call 716.883.1914 x 314.

Funding for the Jewish Community Care program is graciously provided by the Buffalo Jewish Federation.

Holocaust Survivors

Care Coordination

JFS’ Care Coordination Program is a free service that helps streamline care and improve the health and well-being of individuals and families. Working with you, a dedicated care coordinator will also work with your provides and your entire support system.

Eligibility requirements do apply, including active enrollment in Medicaid and having two or more chronic health conditions such as, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, mental health condition, or substance use disorder. Alternatively, those with a diagnosed mental health illness or who are living with HIV/AIDS qualify for the program.

JFS may still be able to help. If you are unsure of your eligibility or if you need assistance with a Medicaid application.

Please contact our Outreach & Enrollment Specialist, Stephanie Saia at ssaia@jfswny.org or call 716.883.1914 x342 today for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion about your needs. We are here to help.

Mental & Behavioral Health Services

JFS provides evidence-based, culturally responsive treatment and support to clients facing a wide range mental and behavioral health concerns. Our clinic is licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health and serves clients starting at the age of 5. Our licensed clinicians utilize their expertise and ongoing, specialized training to address trauma, eating disorders, problem gambling, depression, anxiety, grief, and other issues related to emotional well-being.

Appointments are available in-person at our Barker Street location and via tele-mental health.

All major insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, are accepted.

Don’t wait – social distance doesn’t mean you are alone.

Contact us today at intake@jfswny.org or by calling 716.883.1914.

Refugee Services

JFS has a long history of supporting refugees and asylees as they begin their new lives in the United States. The primary goal in resettlement is to ensure that every new arrival can become economically, socially, and civically integrated into our community.

Specifically, we support housing identification and move-in, initial food and basic-necessity supply, securing their first job, parenting guidance, and securing health care and social support services.

For additional information, please contact us at generalinfo@jfswny.org or call 716.883.1914.

Refugee & Immigrant Center for Healing (R.I.C.H.)

R.I.C.H. is one of JFS’ signature resources that includes the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Systems Therapy programs. Each are designed to support those who have experienced or been exposed to refugee trauma or political and state-sponsored torture.

The Survivors of Torture program is based upon an intensive, strength-based, client-centered, care coordination model. It is conducted in partnership with Journey’s end Refugee Services, University at Buffalo Family Medicine, and the student-led Human Rights Clinic at the University at Buffalo School of medication. Clients are provided with the care coordination, legal, medical, forensic, and other therapeutic services need to promote individual and family healing.

The Trauma Systems Therapy program is a multi-phased initiative to address the complex mental health needs of young refugees from elementary school through high school. Following significant periods in refugee camps, families approved for resettlement to the United States experience compounded emotional stress and anxiety related to the shock of a new culture, lack of language skills, bullying, and much more. Youth, with even more limited and underdeveloped coping skills, are often unable to cope with their new environments and unprepared to adapt to the US academic environment. This program includes partnerships with Boston Children’s Hospital for Trauma and Community Resilience Center, who will serve as consultant and provider of the evidence-based model, BestSelf Behavioral Health, International Institute of Buffalo, Lafayette High School, and Journey’s End Refugee Services.

If you or someone you know has experienced torture or trauma, please contact us for additional information by calling 716.883.1914 or emailing generalinfo@jfswny.org.

Career Services

JFS’ Career Services program supports job seekers of all ages and at all stages of their careers, from entry-level to more advanced. Services include assessment and career counseling, job search assistance, employment for individuals with disabilities, and newly resettled refugee employment placement.

The program has developed an extensive employer network to support identifying opportunities based on the job seekers’ interests and skillset. In addition, counseling support is available for those who have experienced a period of unemployment or other unforeseen job loss, which can often impact the job seeker’s self-worth.

For additional information, please contact us at 716.883.1914 or email us at generalinfo@jfswny.org.