This letter is from the newly published 2013-2014 Annual Report
It isn’t often that one has the opportunity to see one’s passions embodied in the work of an agency. By caring for those who are hurting and letting the community know that the Jewish people care for all people, JFCS has given me the opportunity to put my values into practice. I am truly honored to be part of this remarkable and enduring behavioral health organization and community services provider.
This has been an incredible two years for JFCS. The Affordable Care Act forced us to evaluate our position in the community. Our change in leadership gave us the opportunity to determine the qualities we needed in a CEO who could ensure that JFCS was positioned correctly in the new environment. Finally, our healthy financial position––obtained through your contributions, other gifts and grants, earned income from fees for services, and a partnership with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona––provided us with the opportunity to move forward.
And we have progressed. In October 2014, the Board of Directors named Carlos Hernández, MA, LCSW, CPHQ, President and CEO of JFCS. His expertise includes clinical quality assurance; services for children, adolescents and families; and community collaborations that bring psychotherapeutic counseling to children and caregivers. He is providing the guidance JFCS needs to embrace the future. Carlos has built a leadership team that understands the mission of JFCS. They are dedicated to our Jewish values of healing the world (tikkun olam) with loving kindness (chesed) through just and charitable deeds (tzedakah). They daily put into practice the JFCS goal of serving people of all ethnicities and religions with respect for beliefs, choices, values and differences.
To this end, we also have begun making the kinds of strategic changes needed to ensure that JFCS is an agile behavioral health organization. We are continuing to meet the changing needs of our collaborative partners, our funders, and most importantly, our clients. We repeatedly fine-tune the ways in which we create new and renewed behavioral health partnerships and contracts, grow the number and size of charitable gifts we receive, and increase the number of people taking advantage of tax credits on behalf of our agency. The leadership team and staff are doing a fantastic job. They are certainly to be commended for their efforts and patience during this time of transition.
And we thank you for your charitable gifts and tax credits that are so important. They allow JFCS, among other things, to offer asliding fee scale for clinical services to people with low incomes and/or no health insurance, and to provide a wide variety of community services to vulnerable people.
As I stated earlier, I feel privileged to be part of this outstanding organization. We have been part of the fabric of our community for 74 years, and with your support, and our exceptional leadership and staff, we will make the kind of changes that will ensure that we continue to meet the evolving needs of the people who live here for a long time to come.