Highlights From Our Agencies

An Iraqi Who Served the US Military Gets a New Life, and Gender Identity, in America

Salma is intersex. She was born with sexual anatomy that is both male and female. Salma identifies as a woman. She lo...

Salma is intersex. She was born with sexual anatomy that is both male and female. Salma identifies as a woman. She looks and sounds like a woman, and was considered female by the US military. But she was classified by Iraqi officials as male and felt ostracized.
 
In December, Salma arrived in San Francisco, where she now lives with roommates: Reuben Zellman and Erika Katske, a couple.

Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay, the resettlement agency handling Salma's case, had just gotten notice that she would arrive soon. The agency put out a public request for housing assistance. Continue reading here.

JFS Metrowest Kicks Off Solutions to Senior Hunger Initiative

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey is one of 13 Jewish Family Service agencies in seven states to have sig...

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey is one of 13 Jewish Family Service agencies in seven states to have signed on to participate in an initiative that responds to the escalating number of seniors struggling to put food on the table. The initiative, Solutions to Senior Hunger TM is sponsored by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger in partnership with the Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies (AJFCA). The program is designed to help low-income, food-insecure seniors to get the nutrition assistance they need. The program, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation, will reduce the barriers that keep vulnerable seniors from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP).
 
With support from MAZON and AJFCA, JFS MetroWest will conduct SNAP outreach and education to senior populations, administer SNAP application assistance for eligible clients, and act as a liaison between the client and their local government agency managing SNAP.Required Bidder's Conference for Agencies Providing Emergency Food & Shelter Services. Continue reading here.

The Big Idea in 4 Minutes - Coming of Age In Aging America

Jewish Family Service of San Diego's Brenda Bothel, Meredith Morgenroth, and Marilyn Greenblatt presented on tran...

Jewish Family Service of San Diego's Brenda Bothel, Meredith Morgenroth, and Marilyn Greenblatt presented on transportation solutions for older adults at last week's Aging in America Conference in San Diego.
 
When asked to reflect on what they learned among 2,500 like-minded professionals, they sent this great video. What's the BIG IDEA? "The Baby Boomers are an introduction to what will be a permanent shift" in American society.