Highlights From Our Agencies

Holocaust Survivors Enjoy an Afternoon of Friendship

Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati's Friendship Club enjoyed their trip to the symphony on March 1st . The Frien...

Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati's Friendship Club enjoyed their trip to the symphony on March 1st . The Friendship Club is a program of Jewish Family Service's Center for Holocaust Survivors and provides monthly social-therapeutic activities.
 
The survivors were accompanied by Lilly Wolter (second from the left), who is a JFS volunteer from Germany. Lilly joins JFS through Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP), an international program which hosts young German volunteers who work with our Holocaust survivor community for one year. ARSP is committed to combating racism and antisemitism, and to supporting peace. Learn more about the Center for Holocaust Survivors here.

 

In Richmond, JFS Gay Foundation Promote LGBT Adoption

Since the late 1990's, Jewish Family Services of Richmond has facilitated dozens of adoptions to LGBT couples acr...

Since the late 1990's, Jewish Family Services of Richmond has facilitated dozens of adoptions to LGBT couples across Virginia. The history was unknown to the Richmond Gay Community Foundation, which was in the process of distributing $15,000 in grants, until it recieved a proposal from JFS in December to promote and encourage adoption among the LGBT community in metro Richmond through workshops and other resources. Continue reading here.

JFS Colorado Works with MAZON to Kick Off Solutions to Senior Hungerâ„¢ Initiative

In response to the escalating number of seniors struggling to put food on the table, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hung...

In response to the escalating number of seniors struggling to put food on the table, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger has launched a new initiative, in partnership with the Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies (AJFCA), designed to help low income, food-insecure seniors get the nutrition assistance they need. Solutions to Senior Hunger™, which is generously funded by the Walmart Foundation, is designed to reduce the barriers that keep vulnerable seniors from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Jewish Family Service of Colorado is one of 13 participating Jewish Family Service agencies nationwide that have signed on to participate in this new initiative. With support from MAZON and the AJFCA, JFS is conducting SNAP outreach and education to senior populations, administering SNAP application assistance for eligible clients, and acting as a liaison between the client and their local government agency managing SNAP.
 
"We are proud to be part of this important initiative that will educate and serve an isolated population that needs food assistance," says Shelly Hines, JFS Family Safety Net director.  "It's a great opportunity to collaborate with many other local agencies to provide important resources for seniors." The program serves low-income adults, age 50 and older of any faith, who do not currently receive SNAP benefits. Trish VanDusseldorp from JFS will lead outreach efforts at community fairs and festivals, senior lunch facilities, and other events throughout the year to educate seniors and help them enroll for SNAP benefits. She is also available to visit homebound seniors' residences to get them enrolled.