MISSION & HISTORY

Mission

JASA honors older New Yorkers as vital members of society, providing services that support aging with purpose and partnering to build strong communities.

Founded in 1968, JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. We provide life sustaining programs for seniors and peace of mind for their families and friends.

We fulfill the Jewish value of honoring the aging while serving adults of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds.

History

  •   1968

    JASA was founded

  •   1972

    First Senior Center opens

  •   1973

    First Affordable Housing Complex built in Coney Island

  •   1974

    Supreme Court appoints JASA as the first social service agency in the State of New York to be a conservator for mentally impaired older adults

  •   1976

    Home Delivered Meals program established

  •   1977

    Joint Public Affairs Committee (JPAC) founded to give older adults a voice in community change and policy

  •   1981

    Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens (LSEQ) established

  •   1982

    Sundays at JASA established

  •   1983

    (JASACare) Home Care program established

  •   1984

    First Mental Health Clinic opens

  •   1989

    Adult Protective Services established

  •   1990

    Community Guardian program established

  •   1990

    First Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) established

  •   1994

    Institute for Senior Action (IFSA) advocacy training program established by JPAC

  •   1995

    Legal/Social Work Elder Abuse Prevention Program (LEAP) opens

  •   1997

    Help Center established

  •   2000

    First Friendship House opens

  •   2002

    Caregivers Respite program established

  •   2005

    JASA is lead sponsor of the first NYC Elder Abuse Conference

  •   2013

    2013 One Stop Senior Services joins JASA, renamed One Stop at JASA

  •   2016

    Partners in Dignity Program joins JASA
    Community Health Navigator Program launched
    Care Transitions Programs established