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Gabrielle Stearns Named New Chief Development Officer For JF&CS

Stearns brings nonprofit passion and major gifts experience

ATLANTA, Ga., July 12, 2018, —Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) announces Gabrielle Stearns as its new Chief Development Officer. Stearns has dedicated her career to driving philanthropic dollars to organizations that improve the health and quality-of-life of those most in need.

I am proud to serve JF&CS and their vital work to empower and improve the lives of so many in the Atlanta community,” she said.  

Stearns brings 12 years of principal and major gift experience to JF&CS. She began her career as a major gift officer raising funds for pediatric oncology child life programs at the University of Chicago. She continued her efforts to address the needs of the most vulnerable at NYU Langone Medical Center, where she partnered with philanthropic leaders and members of the board to support child life programs. In 2013, Stearns served at the Emory Woodruff Health Sciences, raising crucial funds for JScreen and the Jane Fonda Center, among other notable programs.  

Stearns was attracted to Jewish Family & Career Services because of its compassionate care and service of individuals and families. She looks forward to helping JF&CS expand funding sources to reach more families and help them continue their journeys toward a better quality of life and increased self-sufficiency.  

Gabie brings to JF&CS experience in resource development, management, stewardship, annual giving, planned giving and endowments. Her expertise will enable JF&CS to generate the resources needed to support its mission and it’s continued growth and impact,” said JF&CS CEO, Rick Aranson. 

About JF&CS

Jewish Family & Career Services Atlanta is dedicated to making hope and opportunity happen for the metro Atlanta community. Established in 1891, Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) offers programs and resources to help improve the quality of life and build self-sufficiency for individuals and families in greater Atlanta. Our vision is a community of empowered lives; our mission, making hope and opportunity happen. JF&CS serves thousands of individuals annually regardless of age, race, religion, national origin or ability to pay. For more information about our entire array of services, please call 770.677.9300 or visit JFCSatl.org. The main office is located at 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Atlanta.                                                                 


Eric Robbins Group Home

JF&CS and Camp Twin Lakes Open Group Home For Disabled Adults

Eric Robbins Group Home Jewish Family & Career Services and Camp Twin Lakes Open Home for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

New group home will allow residents to live, work, play at camp

ATLANTA February 12, 2018 – Atlanta nonprofits Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) and Camp Twin Lakes announce the opening and full licensure of a new group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Eric M. Robbins Group Home at Camp Twin Lakes will provide support to individuals with the purpose of living as independently as possible and creating a year-round community where they can live, work, and play in an inclusive camp and community environment.

Bianca's Story

10 years ago, Bianca learned she had a tumor in her jaw. She was told for years nothing could be done to help her. Then she found the Ben Massell Dental Clinic. Thanks to volunteer dentists like Dr. Moore and Dr. Zelby, Bianca will get her smile and health restored.


Mimi's Story

"A Hand Was Given And I Took It"

The Atlanta Women's Foundation's Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award is a special $10,000 grant given to an organization that demonstrates AWF logo slider imageoutstanding ability to make significant change in the lives of women and girls. An additional award goes to one “shining example” of that organization. Congratulations to Mildred “Mimi” Mondesir, the shining example of JF&CS Career Services Program, who received a special $2,500 grant to continue her journey of success.

My Story
, by Mildred “MiMi” Mondesir (edited for length). 

“I can recall when I first met Ms. Donna Coles, (Career Coach & Program Coordinator at JF&CS Career Services). I was in dire need of help to find my way back to the workplace after losing my job as an administrative assistant. I had worked for almost eight years before I became very sick.

Despite beings prescribed 27 different medications, I couldn’t wear clothes, walk, or sit because of unbearable pain. I went to the hospital where an infectious disease doctor walked in and, with one look, said you have “Bullous Pemphigoid”. When another outbreak occurred, I had to be hospitalized for a week. Unfortunately, despite being a loyal, dedicated, hardworking employee who made a measurable impact, after leaving the hospital, my supervisor informed me that I was terminated.

As you can imagine, I was very depressed. All I could think about were my children. How could I take care of them? My health was gone. I lost my home, job, income, and insurance. My only choice was to apply for Social Security disability.

I had no idea where to go and who to turn to. In the course of one year, we moved four times — including a friend’s house where me and my 3 children stayed in one room.

JF&CS provided what many people need; compassion, understanding, respect, communication, and genuine help. A hand was given and I took it.

You will never understand what it means to have help like this available. I wish there were more organizations like JF&CS. They truly gave me a sense of hope!

I am working now with Georgia Department of Veteran Services. I love my job which comes with my own office. I am planning a move into a new home with my children with the intentions to buy my own home.”