History

1894

1920’s

Mid-Twentieth Century

1960’s

1970’s

  • JSSA helps form group home for emotionally disturbed teens and hires the agency’s first RN for senior homecare services. JSSA launches a Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister program and aging becomes JSSA’s largest department. A Jewish Family Life Education program is created and family, children, aging, volunteer, refugee depts. are formed.

1980’s

1990’s

2000 – 2010

2010 – Present

  • 2011: JSSA’s pro-bono dental program for Holocaust survivors launched.
  • 2011: New Suicide grief and hoarding support programs are launched.
  • 2011: The Silver Spring office renovations are completed.
  • 2012: JSSA launches Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn platforms. JSSA is featured on the Social History Welfare Project website. A new life coaching program is created, JSSA’s Holocaust Survivor fundraising campaign is launched.
  • 2013: JSSA celebrates its 120th birthday and receives the highest 4 star  Charity Navigator rating.
  • 2013: JSSA’s Center for Autism Through The Lifespan is launched and the Fallsgrove Shelley Kay Child and Family Center is dedicated. JSSA launches its YouTube account.
  • 2013: The Creation of the Holocaust Survivor Community Fund. In 2013, in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, JSSA created a joint community fund solely dedicated to supporting safety net services for this unique and deserving population.
  • In 2013, JSSA Hospice celebrates its 30th anniversary, and has provided care for more than 1,500 terminally ill  patients and support for their family members through a broad range of programs and services.
  • 2014: JSSA expanded its work to integrate refugees from Iraq, Iran,  Myanmar (Burma), Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Ethiopia and Eritrea and other countries where conflicts have displaced millions.
  • 2014: JSSA becomes an Autism Waiver Program participant offering  therapeutic integration, adult life planning and family training services.
  • In 2014, Vice President Biden announced that there would be a  partnership between agencies serving Holocaust survivors and the AmeriCorps VISTA program. JSSA is honored to be one of the 13 Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) nationwide whose Holocaust survivor programs are being helped by VISTAs.
  • 2014: JSSA earns 4 Star Charity Navigator rating for the 6th consecutive year
  • 2014: Todd Schenk, M.Ed., MBA assumes the position of Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2014.
  • 2015: JSSA Launches New Pro Bono Eye Care Program for Holocaust Survivors
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