Dear Friends and Supporters,
As I write this letter during the Days of Awe, our agency has been immediately called upon to assist those tragically affected by Hurricane Ian. There have
been numerous calls with many community partners from Palm Beach County Emergency Operations and local funding partners like the Jewish Federation,
HOT and Summer Faerman from TLC, to national partners through my participation in the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.
I am struck by how without all those relationships, we would not have been able to quickly assist in the relocation of 15 seniors forced to evacuate from Kings Point after the tornado devastated their homes. Of course, once again JFS staff have been invaluable in helping connect with agency clients and non-clients, providing assessments, comfort and support, while facilitating access to the myriad of programs and services available from JFS and other emergency sources.
While working to help the victims of Hurricane Ian, we are concurrently planning the return of our first in-person Thanksgiving celebration on the Federation campus, generously hosted by Etta and Raymond Zimmerman, and Edith Stein.
When I think about the many seniors isolated and alone the past few years, and our ability to be there for them during times of crisis and times of celebration, I am in awe of the power of this community and the impact we can all have through various acts of loving kindness.
As we look forward to our fundraising season and celebrating the contributions of our Gala and our Rales Humanitarian Award and Corporate Award recipients, I am highly aware of the increased demand for food and financial assistance due to the increased costs of everyday commodities such as gas, food, electricity and rent.
This will be a challenging year, but with our donors, volunteers and supporters, I know we will be successful.