Services during COVID-19 pandemic

While the pandemic required JFS to suspend home visits with seniors and nonessential transportation services, we continue to work in the following ways:

  • JFS helps clients strategize about logistical matters related to the crisis and points them to both long-standing and new, emerging resources.
  • JFS reaches out directly to clients with immediate needs, as well as community members who may benefit from moral support and empathetic listening.
  • JFS continues to operate its food bank, dropping off food at clients’ front doors and accepting donations via pickup at donors’ homes or drop-offs just outside Temple Beth Shalom.
  • JFS continues to provide direct financial assistance to clients who require help paying rent or utility bills or meeting other essential needs.
  • JFS provides transportation assistance, limited to essential medical appointments only
  • JFS operates its medical lending closet (see below), with proper sanitizing of items before they are borrowed and after they are returned
  • JFS offers virtual programs aimed at seniors via Zoom. Programs thus far have included talks by interesting subject matter experts; film screenings and discussions; and live musical performances.

Family Services

Under ordinary circumstances, we provide the following services to senior citizens, adults, and families:

  • Ongoing reassurance telephone calls
  • Home and hospital visits
  • Transportation arrangements
  • Client advocacy
  • Emergency food pantry
  • Medical lending closet (borrow canes, walkers, wheelchairs, or shower chairs free of charge)
  • Caregiver support group, for adult children providing care for one or both aging parents
  • Information and education
  • Financial assistance to low-income clients
  • Referrals to outside agencies and resources

Seniors benefit from our services and programs, whether that means socializing and learning at the monthly JFS Luncheon; borrowing a walker from our medical lending closet; getting a ride from JFS to a medical appointment or Jewish community event; or simply knowing they have an unbreakable link to a community that cares.

SAJFS Major Service Statistics, 2015-20
  Senior visits Senior phone or Zoom “visits” Senior contacts Senior service incidents Non-senior service incidents Total service incidents Lbs. food Luncheon attendance Virtual program attendance
2015 248 N/A 301 622 461 1083 678 258 N/A
2016 311 N/A 460 969 418 1387 981 284 N/A
2017 350 N/A 608 1179 370 1549 537 333 N/A
2018 404 N/A 517 1225 430 1655 797 363 N/A
2019 516 N/A 799 1730 635 2365 779 380 N/A
2020 169 195 1009 1697 1378 3075 1736 84 130

Many of our senior clients do not live near family members who can provide support and care. SAJFS can be the connection between older adults and their distant families. We keep relatives informed about the health and well-being of their families and recommend plans for the future. Please contact us if you need help caring for someone you love.

Jewish Community Classifieds

Have a couch (or other household item) in good condition you’re looking to donate? Need a household item but low on funds? Jewish Family Services now provides a Jewish Community Classifieds page that will let you share what you have to offer and enable community members to find needed items.

If you have an item to donate, email with a clear picture of the item, a brief description, your (approximate) location, and preferred contact information.  

If you are looking for an item, click here to browse the classifieds.