We are excited to announce that JF&CS has been accepted as a One Family Scholars Community Partner. Through this partnership, JF&CS will be working to help break the cycle of poverty and family homelessness for low-income single parents in Massachusetts by promoting pathways to economic independence.

JF&CS has a long history of helping families with low income. Our Center for Basic Needs Assistance (CBNA) is a comprehensive response to issues most commonly facing people with low income in our community and is integrated with all JF&CS programs. CBNA programs include emergency financial assistance, a food pantry, pro bono legal services and benefits advocacy.

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Established in 2004, One Family envisions, and is currently helping to build, a commonwealth where all families have secure housing, access to education leading to employment and the ability to build assets to create a brighter future. The One Family Scholars Program values higher education as the surest pathway out of poverty for families.

JF&CS CEO Rimma Zelfand shared: “The One Family Scholars program is an extraordinary resource that will be invaluable for our eligible JF&CS clients. We are proud to have been chosen as an official partner. Both of our agencies are continuously working to help our clients move from crisis to stability and independence, and in working together, we can be that much more impactful.”

One Family Director of Programs Matthew Miller echoed this, saying, “We are delighted to be working with such a wonderful organization that shares our vision and aspirations for assisting low-income single parents to obtain college degrees that will enable them to achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

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