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JFS Senior Services Coordinator Meets with Houston Mayor

Leah Mueller, LBSW, Senior Services Coordinator at Jewish Family Service of Houston, was recently part of a meeting w...

Leah Mueller, LBSW, Senior Services Coordinator at Jewish Family Service of Houston, was recently part of a meeting with Mayor Parker regarding the System Benefits Fund, known as Lite Up Texas. Also attending the meeting was Debra Danburg, Former State Representative Harris County, Carol Biedrzycki, Executive Director Texas Rose (Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy), Laurie Glaze, Executive Director Texas One Voice and Joshua Reynolds, Director Care for Elders. The Lite Up Texas Fund provides discounts over the summer to help low-income households with electric bills to free up funds for other necessities (i.e. medicine) for our clients.

Leah requested that the Mayor's Office contact the various electric companies serving the Houston area to ask them to join a coalition to recreate the System Benefit Fund outside of the state treasury and to host a working group to draft a new System Benefit Fund statue which would ask other city's mayors and the Houston Delegation (House and State Senate) to sponsor and support this fund. Carol and Debra will go to the mayors of Dallas and Corpus Christi to request their support as these cities represent the other large deregulated markets. Mayor Parker agreed to host a meeting with the electrical companies to begin the process and she also plans to contact Representative Turner's office since he is the lead on this issue.

Philanthropist James Klinghoffer Donates $50,000 to JFS Atlantic & Cape May Counties

James Klinghoffer, a well-known philanthropist recent made a $50,000 donation to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic &a...

James Klinghoffer, a well-known philanthropist recent made a $50,000 donation to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties' nursing and nutrition program that bears his name. A staunch supporter of JFS since the 1970s, he is responsible for initiating the James Klinghoffer Nursing & Nutrition Program, a vital, four-year-old program that provides older adults with support for maintaining a healthy and balance diet. This support includes much-needed dietary assessments as well as help with obtaining groceries.

One important piece of the Klinghoffer Nursing & Nutrition Program involves helping seniors with grocery shopping. Many seniors cannot get to a supermarket, have strained financial resources, and/or have a limited capacity to shop for themselves. Thanks to the program, many such seniors get the assistance they need with grocery shopping and delivery. The program also helps support three nurses on the JFS staff who specialize in diabetes care, heart disease, illness education and nutrition planning. These nurses act as medical advocates, providing seniors with in-home health assessments, ongoing coordination of care, and general assistance with dietary needs. Continue reading here.

Nurturing & Nutrition at the JFCS Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry

On July 20th, Jewish Family & Children's Services of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SH...

On July 20th, Jewish Family & Children's Services of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SHCFP) revealed their dazzling new Tribute Wall, created by internationally known local artist James Simon. The Tribute Wall recognizes the donors who have helped SHCFP fulfill its mission through their generous financial support and aims to nurture hope in the hearts of those who rely on them for assistance. Visit the SHCFP Facebook page to view photos from the reveal at the community Open House! Click here to browse photos.

In cooperation with Repair the World: Pittsburgh and NCJW Pittsburgh Section, SHCFP recently launched a new volunteer garden in Squirrel Hill.
The Squirrel Hill Produce to Pantry Volunteer Garden, broke ground in early spring and provides fresh, locally-grown produce for clients at SHCFP. Volunteers from Repair the World: Pittsburgh have assisted SHCFP staff members in all areas of garden operations, from breaking ground and planting produce to community outreach and volunteer coordination and preparing for the garden's first harvests. To date, volunteers have planted and cultivated produce including green beans, tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables, which will all be distributed to clients at SHCFP along with their regular groceries. Read more here.