Jewish Family Service of St. Paul

Mission Statement

Inspired by Jewish values, Jewish Family Service helps individuals and families build on their strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet life’s challenges with dignity.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In 2018, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul served over 1070 individuals throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. We serve everyone, regardless of nationality, faith, language, gender, and preference. We provided therapeutic counseling to 147 persons, couples and families to help them address areas of concern in their lives. Our Aging and Disability Services programs provided care management, case management, depression screening, art therapy and family consultation services to 1,420 individuals to help them remain healthy and vibrant and avoiding becoming isolated. We delivered over 7,000 hot, nutritious, Kosher meals on wheels and provided emergency financial assistance that helped 65 families avoid eviction, foreclosure and utility shut-off.
Current Goals Jewish Family Service of St. Paul intends to continue the high level of programming that we are known for in the areas of Counseling and Senior Services. In addition, in 2019 our LEAP (Life Enrichment Action Program) began an exciting program, funded by the State of Minnesota's LiveWell grant, that will help address and alleviate symptoms of depression in Seniors. The exciting aspect of this program is that the intervention will be done utilizing tele-counseling sessions. Seniors residing in remote areas are being given an iPad to use during their sessions and will learn to use video conferencing as a way to reduce feelings of isolation and depression. JFS has also expanded our LEAP program to focus on the health of Caregivers in our community. Through a grant from the Minnesota Area Agency on Aging (M.A.A.A.) JFS will identify and address emotional health issues affecting people caring for vulnerable, needy family members and friends. JFS also expanded our Community Chaplaincy program to include a full-time Chaplain to work with isolated and non-affiliated persons in need of spiritual services.
Community or Constituency Served JFS provides services throughout the Twin Cities Metro area, with a concentration on the East Metro and the counties of Ramsey and Dakota.
Geographic Area Served Greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area, though our concentration is the East Metro and the counties of Ramsey and Dakota.

Reports & Finances

If you have additional questions regarding a nonprofit's financials, visit their website, or call and ask to review their IRS Form 990, Annual Report, or Audit for a more complete picture of their financial story.
Major Program Expenses
Aging and Disability Services:
Community Programming:
Counseling and Early Intervention:
3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services
Unrestricted Net Assets
End of Year:
Beginning of Year:

Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 11/26/2019

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
Return to List of Reviewed Nonprofits


1633 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-698-0767

General Information

Alternative Name: JFS
EIN: 41-0694697
Principal Staff: Ruth Olkon
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 40
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 1740
Ruling Year: 1942


Board Chair: Tom Frishberg
Number of Board Members: 21
Board Meetings with Quorum: 7
Average Member Attendance: 15.4

Get our latest and greatest monthly!


Charities Review Council

Our mission is building donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant and just communities. We envision healthy communities for all, benefiting from effective and trustworthy nonprofits that are supported by a well-informed public’s generosity.

Let’s Connect

1915 Highway 36 W Ste 133 • Roseville, Minnesota 55113-2709
Phone: (651) 224–7030 • E-mail:

Privacy Policy (5/9/19) • Terms of Use (5/9/19)

Log In