Alpert Family Generational Philanthropy Benefits Families of Southern Florida

​​​​Robert Alpert, son of Ferd and Gladys Alpert, continues the generational focus on community philanthropy with the initial gift which caused the formation of the “Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service of Palm Beach County, Inc. (AJFCS).”  Established in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to provide non-denominational counseling, crisis intervention, family life education and social service assistance to individuals and families living in the Palm Beach County area, the foundation has grown to 200 professional and administrative personnel today, providing services to the community across 12 silos of community service and welfare. AJFCS has grown significantly since formation and manages an annual budget in excess of $12 million to serve the community.

Most notably the AJFCS opened a group home for developmentally disabled adults in the fall of 1999 and another one in the fall of 2000. Among the many services the agency provides are information and referral, counseling and support groups, geriatric and child psychiatry, guardianship, case management and companions for the elderly, a domestic abuse program, children’s services, a mentoring program, and residential services for adults with special needs. The agency’s mission incorporates specialized services for the Jewish community, including a project that addresses the unique needs of Holocaust survivors.

My mission for the AJFCS is to continue the commitment of community service and care that my father Ferd was known for and which my mother Gladys is passionate about, a legacy of service inspired by my father.

Robert Alpert, Founder

Mr. Alpert recognizes the importance of community service and this commitment is evidenced in the approach of the AJFCS to what matters most: the men, women, and children who come to us for assistance during challenging times in their lives.


Among its many accomplishments, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service is one of only five nationally accredited human service organizations.  The agency has been recognized for many of its innovative programs.

·       Certification by Nonprofits First

·       Award for the Best Nonprofit of the Year

·       Awards for the AmeriCorps peer-to peer program (University of Maryland)

·       Award for teen-to-teen abuse prevention program

·       One of three national sites selected for peer-to-peer research (University of Wisconsin)

·       Best practices for person-centered trauma informed support and care of Holocaust survivors

·       Initiated coalition for Mental Health First Aid (modeled after CPR for mental illness) for the community, law enforcement and clergy, to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness

·       Initiated coalition to co-create blueprint for services to families who have relatives with a disability   

About Robert Alpert

Mr. Alpert has executed more than fifty industrial start-ups and has completed a variety of successful business acquisitions, including numerous special situations involving the acquisition of undervalued assets. He has developed a unique expertise in project development, project finance, and consolidation. Mr. Alpert founded Tubular Corporation of America, Interlock Technologies Corporation, and acquired the assets of the Diamond Shamrock tubular steel processing division among other industrial transactions. His acquisitions included the tubular steel division assets of Babcock & Wilcox located in five states, including 6 million square feet of manufacturing facilities, the purchase of the largest inventory of aviation spare parts ever sold from the Bankruptcy Estate of Eastern Air Lines, Inc., oil service equipment, raw materials and manufacturing equipment. In 1997, Mr. Alpert acquired Land 'N' Sea and subsequently through internal growth and acquisitions became a national seller of marine parts and accessories. It was sold to Brunswick in 2004. He was an original founder of Republic Waste Services, Inc., which became Republic Systems and Auto Nation. He has been a principal and founder of other diverse, publicly-owned enterprises, including Aviation Sales Corporation (an aviation parts distributor and maintenance, repair and overhaul company), PalEx (which became IFCO Systems), and Mainstreet Capital Partners.

He currently is a founding principal of NuOrder Technologies, an online food ordering technology company, CollegiateParent, which partners with universities and alumni to create essential parent guides and digital products, and AroundCampus Group which  over the past 40 years has developed a media portfolio as a valuable advertising vehicle for local, regional, and national businesses to engage the campus community

For more information:

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service of Palm Beach County, Inc.
5841 Corporate Way #200
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Source: Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service of Palm Beach County, Inc. (AJFCS)