Mission & History
CJFS enhances quality of life and strengthens independence for individuals and families, with a primary focus on older adults, by providing exceptional support services in accordance with Jewish values.
History of CJFS
First incorporated as a non-profit agency in 1989, Jewish Family Services Birmingham became Collat Jewish Family Services in 2001 in recognition of a flagship gift from the Charles & Patsy Collat family. Today, CJFS has a special focus on supporting independence and enriched quality of life for older adults, while continuing to provide professional counseling and social services for individuals and families of all ages. In keeping with Jewish values, CJFS serves people of all races, religions, and socio-economic levels, providing comprehensive assessments, care management, transportation, financial assistance, mental health services, in-home personal care, respite care, and supplemental volunteer support. As the aging population continues its rapid growth, CJFS will continue to adapt to the changing needs of this vulnerable cohort.
CJFS is a partner agency of United Way of Central Alabama and a member of the Alabama Association of Non-Profits and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.