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Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc. is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.


                       Jewish Family Services of WNC is a social service agency for the

                      people of Western North Carolina. Our comprehensive services

                      include mental health counseling, case management, an elder group,

                     caregiver support, a food pantry and much more.   Hope starts here.

Jewish Family Services of WNC

2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801    828.253.2900




Dear Friend,                                                                                                                February 2016

As a result of your generosity last year we were able to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people. We would like to introduce you to “Harry”, one of those people whose life has changed over the past year resulting from the help provided by JFS.

Harry is an older gentleman who recently lost his wife after 55 years of marriage. He was suffering from feelings of grief and depression, and having difficulty finding meaning without her. The JFS social worker assessed Harry’s situation and suggested that he would benefit from participating in the Elder Club and from JFS counseling services. Harry joined the Elder Club and quickly found a sense of community and friends with whom he could share common experiences and life stories. He now looks forward to Elder Club days and enjoys the activities, exercise, lunch and new friendships. Harry also meets regularly with the JFS therapist and has expressed his gratitude for the insights, support and new coping skills that are helping him deal with his loss and sadness. After just three months with JFS services, Harry reports feeling improved energy, mood, and quality of life!

Please support our work with Harry and so many other people who come to JFS for help and hope.


If you have already directed your 2016 WNC Jewish Federation pledge to JFS, thank you!


JFS Mental Health Counseling

JFS provides unique and integrated services that will engage you in identifying your needs, strengths, and goals. Regardless of your situation, we will help empower you to attain a better quality of life. 

While we are uniquely able to address issues and challenges specific to the Jewish experience, our services are open to people of all faiths, races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, nationalities, and ages.  JFS is a small and intimate agency, offering a comfortable and safe experience for every person engaged in therapy with us.

Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker is also able to arrange to meet with clients in the home and in residential facilities for those who are unable to come to our offices. 

We specialize in treating depression, anxiety, parenting challenges, grief, trauma, adjustment disorders, relationship problems, stress management, healthy aging, and LGBT support.  Our approach is strengths-based and tailored to each unique individual we serve.  Our therapy sessions are safe, private, and confidential.  We will always meet you where you are.

JFS accepts Medicare & BCBSNC…please inquire about other insurance. Sliding scale fees are available based on income to those who are uninsured.

For more information about Mental Health services call (828)253-2900 or email Deborah Wood, LCSW:


Implementation of this program was made possible through generous grant support from: Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, and Perry N. Rudnick Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County.




Corporate Support

Please note the side bar on the left with our Corporate Supporters for JFS Spring Fest 2015 and throughout the year. We thank them for their support!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 2015 Friends of JFS campaign. Thanks also to everyone who directed their 2015 Federation pledge to JFS.    Additional donations are always welcome throughout the year!



Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF)

Next Application Available March 1 - April 30, 2016 for fall semester 2016.

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) will have applications available on line beginning March 1, 2016 to Jewish college students.  Applications are for funding for the 2016 Fall Semester 

JELF grants interest-free loans to Jewish students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for post-secondary study at accredited institutions.  JELF's loans are "last dollar"- they supply the final funds that a student needs to attend school.  These loans can be used for study at a college or university, graduate school or professional/vocational school that leads to a degree or certificate.

Jewish Family Services of WNC is the Local Administrator for JELF in Western North Carolina.  For applications and more information, go to .




Be a JFS Volunteer!

Contact or call 253-2900

 ext. 12 to learn more about volunteering at JFS!

Elder Club Volunteers Needed for all program days!

JFS offers volunteers an opportunity to assist in our rapidly growing Elder Club! Volunteers have a lot of fun while providing a wonderful service to Elder Club participants. Due to growing enrollment in the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we may be adding an additional program day to accommodate more older adults. But we can only do that if we have enough volunteers to assist our staff. If you would like to help out in the Club from 10:30am-2pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays, (or Wednesdays in the future), please contact .