• ABOUT US

WELCOME TO JCS

We are a non-profit, Jewish welfare organisation offering a full range of services to people across all age groups within our community.

As we are non-profit, we rely financially on an annual allocation from UJC (United Jewish Campaign), as well as a small government subsidy. These combined make up a small percentage of the annual budget we need, meaning we rely largely on private donations to support our infrastructure, clients and various initiatives.

Our ability to help community members is directly in line with the budget we have to work with. This means the larger the donations, the more people’s lives we can change.

All our services are provided by a team of six social workers, a social work assistant and a small administrative team.

Together they provide:

– A full range of preventative, educational and supportive counselling
– Statutory services
– Material relief
– Help for families dealing with domestic violence and/or child abuse
– Family conflict mediation – including parental skill development & statutory child protection matters
– Support for the elderly
– Help for community members suffering from substance dependence, psychiatric illness and criminal offenders

GENERAL SERVICES

We are proud of the work we do for our community, and we do our best to provide the best assistance we can for each and every client from the moment we meet them.

So how does it all work?

1. When a client calls in or is referred to us, the first step is to schedule them an appointment with our intake social worker who conducts a full assessment, which we then pass on to our social work manager.

2. All cases that we take on are discussed and assessed on a weekly basis.

3. A carefully selected social worker will be allocated to each case that we take on.

4. In the case of material assistance being required the case will also be allocated to our financial relief coordinator.

5. The client’s financial circumstances will be assessed, necessary sources of collateral will be contacted, then, in liaison with the case managing social worker and the social work manager, a recommendation regarding financial assistance will be presented to our relief committee.

6. The client will be provided with intervention services as indicated by the social worker.

7. Furthermore, the case managing social worker will represent the client at the relief meetings in order to motivate any appropriate material assistance for that client.

8. The relief committee will make the final decision regarding what assistance will be provided for each client presented.

9. The resources available include financial assistance towards basic needs, social work counselling as well as facilitation of access to multi-disciplinary professional services and access to all JCS initiatives that we have on offer.

10. For more information click the link below or read more about each initiative mapped out on this website.

OUR HISTORY

JCS, as it is known today, has been in existence for over 155 years. It was established in 1859 by a group of concerned community members who provided material assistance and sometimes the tools to make a living to Jewish immigrants. JCS is the oldest of the seven Jewish welfare organizations which fall under the umbrella body of the JCC (Jewish Care Cape).