About The Tasting  

The Tasting benefits the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP) of JF&CS, which is a highly individualized, person-centered supportive living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. The Z-H ILP staff takes the time to get to know each of the individuals we support in order to evaluate his or her needs and abilities. Clients receive training in money management, cooking, cleaning, household management, laundry, social skills and other areas. Transportation is included as part of this service. The Z-H ILP is a nonsectarian program of JF&CS.

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.

Providing Choices

The Z-H ILP of JF&CS offers a range of support, from a few hours a week of direct support in the individual's or family's home to full support and supervision in the individual's home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The individual may choose from a variety of supported living and residential options. JF&CS will assist with identifying roommates and housing as needed.

Making Connections

A community integration specialist plans individualized and group community, social, recreational and volunteer opportunities to foster the development of social skills and promote community inclusion.

A Safe Transition to Independent Living

Through the Z-H ILP, young adults and their families can reach their transition goals in a nurturing environment. The Tools for Independence team will help the individual and his or her family explore and navigate the transition from living at the family home to living independently with supports.  The IndependenceWORKS team has prevocational assessment and experience available to help the young adult prepare for the world of work.  The Z-H ILP designs services around the person, rather than fitting individuals into an already existing structure.

When transition-age individuals are ready to move from their families' homes, JF&CS links them with like-minded and compatible roommates through the Moving Out Club. As roommates are identified, JF&CS provides supportive services to help achieve this milestone. Our families may also participate in ongoing Caregiver Support Groups and become more educated consumers of services.


Services are available throughout metro Atlanta and are based on the need and locations of the clients.  We accept Medicaid and private pay. To be eligible, an individual must have what meets the federal definition of a developmental disability.  While services are provided primarily to those ages 18 and above, community living supports are available to children who have the Medicaid waiver.

Support the Z-H ILP of JF&CS

Please help us ensure the successful independence of adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities.You can support the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program by attending The Tasting and/or by making a donation. Your donation is valued deeply and will directly touch the lives of so many exceptional individuals in our programs and in your community.