Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
President & CEO

Week 7 in the Trenches

I have been trying to blog each Friday to keep our community updated with the activities and happenings going on at JFS. Last week slipped away from me and I just couldn’t get it done before Shabbat rolled around. So here I am, a few days late, but wanting to make sure I keep you updated on what’s happening in our community.

We are extremely busy assisting individuals and families with emergency financial assistance, primarily rent assistance, with funds donated specifically for Coronavirus Relief efforts. We also have been adding new meals on wheels clients – adding 40 new Holocaust survivors just last week! We now deliver 1300 kosher meals each week with the help of 25 dedicated volunteers. We also recently kicked off our “Shop and Share” home delivered shopping service for older adults afraid to leave their home and with no family or friends to help them with this basic need. Our tele-therapy continues to help those in need of affordable mental health counseling and support groups providing both individual group counseling via a HIPAA compliant software program. Our weekly zoom support groups for all ages cover topics including dealing with isolation, bereavement, and the challenges of parenting through these challenging times.

Tomorrow, May 5th, is Giving Tuesday and I am thankful for all those who value our work in the community and want to help us make a difference in changing the lives of those less fortunate. Last week we received a call from someone who had received her stimulus payment and wanted to donate the full amount to JFS in order to help us continue our work. What a beautiful act of loving kindness was that?! If you are thinking about making a gift on Giving Tuesday, I encourage you to support JFS with a gift of any amount by visiting our website www.ralesjfs.org/donate. You can specify which department you want your gift to go to, or leave it completely unrestricted so we can apply it to where it’s needed most.

Finally, thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who help us deliver food and make telephone reassurance calls to our isolated clients. Until next week, stay safe, healthy and connected.

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