Social Services

Agewell Pittsburgh is dedicated to helping older adults continue to live independently in their own homes. We seek to identify seniors at risk of losing their independence and help them connect to services that will allow them to remain safely at home, for as long as possible.

 

Jewish Assistance Fund (JAF) distributes over $130,000 annually to more than 350 Jewish individuals/families who are in desperate financial circumstances.

 

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of children, families and adults of all ages throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area by providing psychological, employment and social services.

 

Jewish Residential Services (JRS) supports individuals with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities, helping them to live, learn, work and socialize as valued members of the community.

 

JGenes Pittsburgh, formerly known as the Pittsburgh Victor Center, creates awareness materials, provides education seminars and conducts screenings for young Jewish men and women between 18 and 40 years of age in order to assess their risk of being carriers of a growing number of Jewish genetic diseases. Since 2010, over 600 people were screened, and at least one  “Jewish” genetic mutation, was found in 1 out of 3.6 people screened. These mutations manifest themselves in the babies when both parents are carriers of the same mutation.

The Jewish community has the opportunity to improve the odds of having healthy children and avoid family heartbreak by understanding these devastating, often fatal diseases in babies. The rapid expansion of genetic knowledge, especially with genomic sequencing, offers life saving possibilities. Understanding one’s own genetic makeup is the first step toward those possibilities.

 

South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) is a human services organization dedicated to providing the resources necessary for struggling families to achieve self-sufficiency. SHIM provides direct assistance (such as food, clothing, and utility assistance) as well as offering a variety of family support programs (including financial literacy classes, an early childhood program, a summer day camp, and a family support center).

 

Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry provides emergency and supplemental food to all those who qualify for food assistance in the 15217 zip code area.