In 1993 Joining Forces for Families (JFF) opened their doors for the first time in 2 communities, Broadway-Simpson and Vera Court. The charge was simple, create an easily accessible community office located in a neighborhood close to people needing better access to support. From these embedded offices, JFF social workers maintained an open door to provide voluntary services informed by the people who know best, community members themselves.
From this starting point, JFF has evolved into a broader community focused initiative that engages local partners to create decentralized, collaborative, and community-informed service platforms. At the heart of this initiative, fifteen community social workers are situated in neighborhoods throughout Dane County. Each social worker manages at least one JFF office that is uniquely responsive to its neighborhood context, allowing direct access to services in the community.
In conducting this work, JFF has three primary areas of focus:
By tapping into the unique talents and resources present in any neighborhood, JFF has been able to form local team networks who come together in responding to community needs and opportunities in real time. In various capacities, these groups are working together to ensure the success of children, youth, and families in their schools, homes, and community by working toward:
Each JFF site has one community social worker that:
These local connections and knowledge allow JFF workers to offer direct and task-centered, client-driven assistance that includes:
Reasons to connect with your area JFF may include:
Click on a pin within the map to display the address, contact information, and driving directions to a JFF office.