200 Channing Avenue
Palo Alto, CA. 94301
Phone: (650) 688-3040
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday (excluding holidays), 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
1. PARENTS PLACE
Parent Coaching, Consultation, and Classes
Parents Place is the Bay Area's leading family resource center offering parent coaching, consultation, and classes year-round.
Parent coaching/consultation: Our expert staff will spend quality time with you to assess, plan, and recommend the best options for your situation. We can also observe your child and his/her school if you have concerns about his/her development.
Parenting classes: Parent educators and clinicians, in a small group setting, guide and support parents through all the developmental phases of childhood, from the ages and stages of birth through high school. The practical tips you gain and the interaction with other parents ensure that each parenting class is time well spent.
Parent/child activity groups: One of our most popular services is our Drop-in center, staffed by a parent educator, that promotes social interaction among children, their parents, and caregivers.
Learn more about Parents Place’s many services here, call 650-688-3040, or drop by to tour our facility.
2. CENTER FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Assessment/Diagnosis, Advocacy and Speech/language and Occupational Therapy
The Center for Special Needs (CSN) in Palo Alto and San Mateo provides comprehensive care for children with learning, behavioral, physical, developmental, neurological, and emotional disabilities.
Services include assessment and diagnosis, planning and coordination of services, mental health counseling, advocacy with schools and health professionals, and speech/language and occupational therapy. Contact Mimi Ezray, Coordinator, CSN, at 650-688-3028 or MimiE@jfcs.org.
3. PARENTS PLACE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
In addition to parent coaching, consultation, and classes offered in-house, Parents Place conducts workshops on location.
Parent Education: At Your School, Library, or Business
Parents Place offers more than 150 seminars annually for parents at libraries, schools, PTAs, synagogues, churches, and businesses. Our presenters and consultants are professional child and adolescent development experts who have extensive experience in working with parents, children, teachers, and school administrators. Contact Sandra Stein at SandraSt@jfcs.org, call 650-330-3021, or go here.
Drawing upon the latest research on bullying prevention and the development of social and emotional skills in school-age children, from preschool through high school, our Bullying Prevention Program provides in-services and training throughout the Bay Area to administrators, teachers, parents, and other concerned community members. Contact Holly Pedersen, MFT, PhD, Community Education Director/Family Violence Coordinator, at 415-359-2442 or HollyP@jfcs.org.
4. COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
Nonsectarian Mental Health Services
Our licensed professional therapists and psychologists assist individuals and families through life's transitions and difficulties, help people overcome fears or stumbling blocks, and provide expert listening. We offer sessions for individuals, couples, families, and children. We accept some Medi-Cal, as well as most other insurance plans. Call our confidential intake line at 650-688-3034 to schedule an appointment. Get more information here.
5. SENIORS AT HOME
Seniors At Home helps older adults live safe, healthy, independent lives in their own homes. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including award-winning home care and care management, palliative care, senior care consultations, money management, conservatorships, Holocaust survivor services, and more. Contact Seniors•At•Home at 650-931-1860 or Info@SeniorsAtHome.org, or click here.
6. EMIGRE DEPARTMENT
JFCS’ Emigre’ Program is a national leader in providing comprehensive, innovative services for people who are new to our community. Our bilingual social workers, doctors, nurses, attorneys, and citizenship specialists help people to build successful lives in a new culture and to overcome individual and family transitions and crises.Contact Elena Tverskoy at 650-688-3050 or ElenaT@jfcs.org, or Marina Marcos, Resettlement Counselor, at 650-688-3052 or MarinaM@jfcs.org.
Each of our locations features a donation drop-off center. Your donations will benefit families in need throughout the Bay Area. To make a donation, simply bring it to our center. You will receive a form that you can complete for tax purposes. We do not offer pick-up or delivery services for your donations.
REFERRAL AND SUPPORT
For individuals and families in need, JFCS provides direct assistance or makes referrals to our partner agencies. Our services include an onsite Food Pantry with canned and dried goods and assistance with other emergency needs. To learn more, contact John Bisenius, Adult Clinical Services, at JohnB@jfcs.org or 650-688-3097.
More than 1,000 families have benefited this past year from the generous donations to our Food Pantry in our Palo Alto and San Mateo locations. We are currently seeking volunteers to help maintain the pantry and ensure that the food is not expired and is readily accessible for families in need. Contact Bobbi Bornstein at 650-688-3020 or BobbiB@jfcs.org to volunteer.
YouthFirst's Kavod Crew is a volunteer program for teens who would like to become more active in the Jewish community. Monthly service learning events address the needs of diverse communities in San Francisco and Marin County and on the Peninsula. Activities include holiday outreach, visiting seniors, delivering meals to JFCS clients, and much more! To receive a calendar of all Kavod Crew volunteer events, contact Pauline Shulman at PaulineS@jfcs.org or 650-931-1858.
Programs for Holocaust Survivors
Café by the Bay
Café by the Bay offers monthly programs of interest for Holocaust survivors. To receive more information about the next program or to arrange for a ride, contact Bobbi Bornstein at 650-688-3090 or BobbiB@jfcs.org.
Reparations Claims Assistance
Jewish Family and Children’s Services continues to provide assistance to survivors with Holocaust reparations claims. Click here for details.
Free! Seminars and Support Groups
1. Free! Jewish Single Parents Support Group
Open to single fathers and mothers seeking support during and after their separation or divorce, the group includes open discussions, presentations, and social opportunities. It meets the first and third Thursdays of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at our JFCS San Mateo office, Eleanor Haas Koshland Center, 2001 Winward Way, Suite 200, San Mateo. Contact Diana Blank, LCSW, at 650-931-1855 or DianaB@jfcs.org to sign up or to receive more information.
2. Free! Support Group for Families Dealing with Serious Mental Illness
In partnership with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, JFCS offers a support group the fourth Tuesday of every month. Contact Laurel Woodard at 650-688-3073 to sign up or to receive more information.
3. Free! Meal Delivery Program for Adults and Children with Disabilities
“Chicken Soupers” is a program primarily for members of the Jewish community with disabilities or a chronic illness who would benefit from home-delivered meals and healthful snacks that nourish the body and uplift the spirit. Family members caring for an adult or child with an illness or disability are also ligible. Contact John Bisenius, Adult Clinical Services, at JohnB@jfcs.org or 650-688-3097 for more information.
To volunteer for one or more of our many programs or services, contact Bobbi Bornstein, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 650-688-3020 or BobbiB@jfcs.org. Following are just a few examples of volunteer opportunities for you:
1. Volunteer for the JFCS RIDES Program
For many isolated seniors and adults with disabilities, getting around in their communities is a huge challenge. You can help! Seniors•At•Home, a division of JFCS, is seeking volunteer drivers for our JFCS RIDES program. You can make a big difference in seniors’ lives by driving them to medical appointments or helping with grocery shopping—it only takes a few hours a month! We offer a flexible schedule, monthly training, and, if desired, reimbursement for mileage.
2. Volunteer for Senior Companion
Bring a smile into a senior's life. Seniors•At•Home is seeking volunteers to provide companionship and support to seniors through weekly visits. In just four hours a month—taking a walk together, having coffee, or listening during difficult times— volunteers can brighten a Peninsula senior’s day. We provide training and support.
3. Volunteer for Parents Place
Join our parent educators, parents, and children in our state-of-the-art playroom. Interact with children and families in a variety of activities offered throughout the week. With a minimum of a two-hour commitment per week, our volunteers gain valuable work experience and essential skills in child/family and parent education.
4. Volunteer for Administrative Office Unpaid Internships
Throughout the year, office administrative interns or volunteers provide invaluable support to our various programs. Your schedule is based on your availability and areas of expertise. Join us in a fun and stimulating environment.
5. Volunteer for Canine Corps
Are you a dog lover who wants to share your fabulous pet with others? Canine Corps matches human/canine teams to visit with seniors in their homes on a weekly basis. For seniors who are dog lovers but may not be able to have their own dog, this program provides them with an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful furry companion on a regular basis. Volunteers must have their own well-socialized dog. We will soon begin five-week training sessions for new volunteers in our San Francisco and San Mateo offices. For more information, contact Masha Perelman-Tikhman at 415-359-2477 or MashaP@jfcs.org.
Sandra Stein, Office Manager; 650-688-3021; SandraSt@jfcs.org