Special Needs Services

JFS offers innovative, inclusive services to clients of all ages with special needs, including:

Case Management Services

The JFS Special Needs Case Manager provides assessment, evaluation, and monitoring of your family member with special needs to ensure maximum safety, inclusion, and independence. If needed, adult guardianship services are available through the JFS Personal Affairs Management program.


Currently, JFS runs two social groups for Jewish developmentally disabled adults. The Chaverim and Simcha groups provide unique socialization for these adults, and for some, it provides the only interaction they have with Judaism or the Jewish community! Group members meet monthly for social events and occasionally, Jewish themed events.
These events are made possible through the generous support of the following JFS endowment funds:
  • Ralph and Mollie Bartel Fund for Services to the Developmentally Disabled
  • Janis Lynn Kaplan Memorial Fund for Services to the Developmentally Disabled
  • The Socialization (SIMCHA) Group Fund
  • Dianne Epplein & John Patton Fund for Children with Special Needs
In addition, we are always accepting in-kind donations of funds, tickets, event sponsors, and inclusion with Jewish community events or activities. We welcome volunteers to transport disabled clients and attend social group events to interact with and assist our clients.

Yachad Special Needs Summer Camp

and After School Program at the Simon Family JCC
JFS staff members facilitate coordination with the Simon Family JCC’s Day Camp and After-School Programs for children with special needs. Staff members are active consultants/participants in this effort to mainstream children with special needs into routine day camp and after-school activities.

JFS Special Needs Services Contact

Call: (757) 459-4640
Ask for: Special Needs Case Manager
Email: counseling@jfshamptonroads.org
If you are interested in attending any JFS program/support group, and will require assistive aids or accessible facilities, please contact the Quality Assurance Coordinator at 321-2222 or TTY 1-800-828-1120 to request such aids. Please call in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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