Personal Reflections from the President & CEO
President & CEO
Week 8 In the Trenches
Another week as come and gone, and yet things keep getting worse, not better. Families and individuals struggling due to job loss are still waiting for their unemployment checks to arrive. Difficult questions about what bills to pay and what bills to skip are being made every day. There is so much coverage about this issue all over the media, yet no one seems to be able to make it better. Those same individuals are now relying on non-profits like JFS to fill the void and ensure food is there for their families, rent and utilities are being paid, cable and internet so their children can finish school remotely and we are all still on a stay at home order.
People are scared, people are stressed, people are worried. This stress often comes out in anger, short tempers, in tears, in frustration. How do I know? Because we hear it on the phone when we speak to people. Because we see it in their faces when we video chat or zoom. Because, how can it not take a toll on our psyche after so many weeks? Every one of us has been impacted by this pandemic. If not you personally, then a friend, family member, neighbor, someone you know, is struggling.
Thank you to all the angels who are helping JFS be there to help these families. We are distributing emergency funds at a clip of over $12K per week! Since this all started, that totals over $63K! Thank you to the angels who are coordinating food drives, toiletry drives, and sending money to help us keep the shelves of the Jacobson Family Food Pantry stocked. Our volunteers are more important than ever. We have always said that without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to touch as many people as we do. Everyone, our donors, our volunteers, our staff, and our clients and members are struggling, but we keep plugging forward. We have no other choice.