In a community as young as Dallas, 1950 seems like a long time ago. That’s when Northwest Highway was “north.” Belt Line Road was a simple pathway through the miles and miles of cotton. Plano was a tiny town between Dallas and Oklahoma.
And Jewish Family Service was brand new.
Since the 1920s, the Jewish Social Service Bureau of the Jewish Welfare Federation (now the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas) had been providing social services to the community. But it was in 1950 that the Bureau became Jewish Family Service, a separate agency.
What was the agency addressing in the slower, seemingly simpler times of the ‘50s?
“What kinds of problems does Jewish Family Service try to resolve? They include temporary unemployment with loss of income, medical emergencies and consequent overwhelming medical bills, difficulties attendant on planning for an aged and enfeebled parent, family discord which may raise the question of divorce or separation. Jewish Family Service, through its staff of trained professional case workers, and with the assistance of many volunteers, is prepared to help families meet these problems.”
—Federation News, December 1951
Jewish Family Service addresses those same issues today in our departments of Career and Employment Services, Emergency Assistance, Services for the Elderly, and Clinical Services for Adults. In addition, in response to community needs, we have added Services for Children and Adolescents, Parenting Education, Family Violence Intervention, Support Groups, Healing Support, and Volunteer Services.
And now, looking forward to our next half century . . .