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.
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.
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.