It was only after the birth of their first child that Dina and Shaul began to realise just how inadequate their home accommodation was for a family.

Suffering from undiagnosed post-natal depression, Dina found herself walking the streets just to keep her baby calm and escape from the unacceptable housing situation. On one of her walks, she found herself outside the JFC, and seeing other parents with young children going in, decided to join them. 

Four years later the JFC has played a pivotal role in Dina and Shaul’s life. Not only did they need urgent help with housing, but their financial situation was highly precarious, as they were living on credit with little understanding of how their accounts worked or how to repay what they owed.

We arranged for them to meet with an accountant on our Family Centre Support team, who devised a financial plan for them – their debts have been steadily decreasing and now, for the first time, they will shortly be debt-free. The JFC team also works closely with Dina and Shaul’s son’s school to ensure that he gets proper educational provision despite his significant learning difficulties. Dina and Shaul still have significant challenges to overcome, but the JFC will be there to support and guide them at every stage. 

JFC arranged for them to meet with an accountant on our Family Centre Support team, who devised a financial plan for them

About the JFC

The Jewish Family Centre (JFC) is the Jewish community’s one-stop family support hub.  We offer a wide range of services for families, parents and children navigating the challenges of everyday life – both ordinary and extraordinary. 

Established in 2002, the JFC initially launched to offer activities for families during weekends and school holidays. But we quickly realised there were gaps in communal provision that needed filling.