Being President of Jewish Family Service this year is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my volunteer career. I never cease to be amazed by so many things. I never cease to be amazed by the incredible programs that are helping so many people in our community and I am constantly in awe of the new programming that gets pulled together whenever there is a need to be addressed. From the Kosher Food Box Program which provides food resources, to the Hanukkah Gift Program for children who otherwise would not be able to receive gifts, to all the support we
provide to the Seniors. This includes a program called Jacob’s Ladder where our volunteers go to Seniors’ homes to literally get on a ladder to help put in new light bulbs or put new batteries in fire and smoke detectors – tasks that are all too dangerous for these seniors. All of these programs are so important and special to those individuals being served.
The counseling done by our incredible social workers are life savers for many and I am especially proud of our new Mental Health Matters initiative due to the times we are in right now. Even when nature surprises us and there are suddenly catastrophic floods or tornadoes, we pull together to reach out to those we know are in unfortunate need. These are just a few of the many
things JFS is capable of doing and hopefully with our newly updated and user-friendly website more and more people will be able to navigate and find out all the programming we have to offer.
I am also grateful every day for all the members of our community who support JFS with their generosity and their time as volunteers. With all of the incredible generosity we can fund our programs and add new ones to address the ever-changing needs of the community. With your time commitments you make our committees strong, so we remain a healthy and growing agency. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the members of The Board of Trustees and to Pam, Toni, Ashley, Anna, Janet, and Kevin because without them none of this would happen. ❤
In this Issue:
- Pandemic Pen Pals Help Each Other Cope
- 2020-2021 Service Highlights & Program Highlights
- 2021 Honorees
- Program Growth Since 2010
- Bringing Shabbat To Seniors
- Life & Legacy Letter of Intent Participants
- Keeping Connections Strong During a Pandemic
- Mental Health Matters