On Tuesday, December 1st you can join the national #GivingTuesday campaign and help JFCS expand its services to at-risk elementary school children in our community!

We are asking all of our friends, donors and volunteers to support JFCS and its Emma's Dream Team Program offered at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, a Title I school in Sarasota. Emma's Dream Team is unique in its delivery of services: focusing on prevention and intervention of behavioral issues and a special sensory approach of redirecting students physically and emotionally that helps them maintain self-control in the classroom. The goal of Emma's Dream Team is to improve coping and social skills, reduce disruptive behavior and out-of-school suspension for at-risk elementary school students. With a full-time JFCS therapist providing counseling and sensory services to the students and trained volunteers serving as mentors and tutors, last year 57 children were helped. This year JFCS will be able to serve 80 children with the addition of a part-time counselor.

Click on this link to DONATE NOW and select the Donate Online Button to make your gift. And please invite your friends and family to join you by supporting JFCS and its Emma’s Dream Team Program.

With your support, JFCS will help make dreams come true for the children of our Emma's Dream Team. We Can't Do It Without You!


Fall Newsletter

The newsletter is published three times a year by JFCS and features stories about our programs and services, upcoming events, volunteer spotlights, ways to give, and much more.

To join our mailing list, please use the Contact Us form, send us an email at or call (941) 366-2224.

You can also read the newsletter online right here on our website! Fall Newsletter Online

JFCS Receives $50,000 Grant for Building Strong Families Program

JFCS received a $50,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its Building Strong Families (BSF) Program helping families in the North Port area seeking homelessness-prevention services. The Building Strong Families program, offered in Sarasota and Manatee counties, is a project geared towards keeping families safely housed in their present home by providing financial assistance and case management services because of a job loss or reduced earnings.

The grant will allow JFCS to continue serving those at risk in North Port for homelessness because of domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce/separation, medical crisis, employment loss and other life challenges facing families. Services include intensive case management, counseling, education, employment counseling and budgeting tools. Since 2008, the program has helped more than 410 North Port families remain in their homes and 800 children stay in place at school.

For more information about the program, call The Building Strong Families Coordinator at 941-366-2224