As 2015 draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to say, very simply: thank you. We truly appreciate your support of the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services as we work to fulfill our mission of helping New Yorkers realize their potential and live as independently as possible.
We could not have predicted how 2015 turned out.
This past year has been one of the most exciting in our organization’s history. In January, we learned that one of our fellow UJA-Federation agencies, FEGS, was filing for bankruptcy. The City and State asked us to jump in and take over $75 million of services.
We were up for the challenge.
On June 1st, we absorbed these programs and grew from a $175 million agency with 34,000 clients to a $250 million agency with 43,000 clients — becoming the largest human services agency in the State of New York. These new programs extend and intensify the continuum of care we offer: our clients can now access more clinics, more supportive housing and more care management resources than ever before.
We have been busy on many other fronts as well. We are implementing a new vision for early childhood by bringing services that serve kids ages 0 to 5 directly into doctor’s offices, child care centers, homeless shelters, and people’s homes. We have continued to move forward with other innovative new programs, such as OnTrackNY, which targets young adults who have had their first psychotic break. And, we remain committed to strengthening existing programs.
Heading into 2016, we face many challenges: strategic, regulatory and operational. We continue to be energized by the steadfast support and leadership of our donors, volunteers, elected officials, and staff. And above all, we remain inspired by the people we work with every day.
We could not have done it without you. You have our sincere thanks and our best wishes for the year ahead.
Alice M. Tisch
President, Board of Trustees