Since 1979, Rales JFS has provided financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis. These services are available to low-income families/individuals living in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach who qualify. Examples of the kind of funding we assist with includes:
- Car payments
- Car insurance
- Hearing aids
- Homeless prevention services for seniors
- Homeowners insurance
- In-home care
- Maintenance/Homeowners Association fees
- Medical supplies
- Summer camp scholarships (Click for Camp Scholarship Application)
- Utilities (such as FPL, Water, etc.)
- Food Pantry / Meals On Wheels
If you reside in Boca Raton, Delray Beach or Highland Beach, click below to request the Financial Assistance application form.
Financial Assistance Application
Bernard Sherman Program to Enhance Jewish Identity
JFS helps children and young adults, including those with varying needs and abilities, connect with their Jewish identity by providing the financial assistance needed to participate in Jewish life-enrichment experiences such as Israeli Experiences, Jewish Advocacy Conferences, Jewish Youth Group Conventions, Maccabi Games, March of the Living and more for those that are low-income families.
Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS)
HFLS helps provide interest-free loans to assist individuals and families unable to secure a bank loan. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes including the repair or purchase of a car, home repairs, dental care, prostheses, fertility treatments, surrogacy, and education. To qualify, a local guarantor is required.
Senior Homeless Prevention for Older Adults (SHP)
SHP is available to seniors 60 years of age and older who reside in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach. The program allows access to short-term financial assistance. The financial assistance component provides help for expenses, including rent (application fees, security deposits, and first/last month’s rent), utilities, and emergencies such as car repairs, medical emergencies, moving expenses and disability/mobility accommodations. These services are for low income seniors.
Indigent Burial Assistance
JFS provides help for those faced with the loss of a loved one and are without the means to pay for their funeral. JFS works with local funeral homes and cemeteries to assist families at their most vulnerable time. These services are for low income families.
Jewish Education Loan Fund (JELF)
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services is proud to work in partnership with JELF to help local Jewish students reach their academic goals. Higher education costs are rising and JELF is meeting the need through providing 0% interest loans to Jewish students.
All qualifying applicants must be:
- A permanent resident of FL, GA, SC, NC, and VA (excluding metro DC) (they can, however, attend any U.S. accredited school)
- Enrolled full-time in a program leading to a degree or certificate
- In good academic standing
- A U.S. citizen, or have lawful immigration status
- Able to provide a designated co-signer that lives in the U.S.
- Planning to accept federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans (FAFSA application required)
JELF loans are intentionally designed to help cover costs associated with the educational and living expenses that other financial aid often does not cover, such as travel, rent, food, and books. JELF’s 0% interest loans help save borrowers thousands of dollars in high interest-bearing debt each year.
The JELF application is open each year from January-April for students seeking assistance for the next full academic year and again in August-September for students that need assistance for spring and/or summer semesters.
To apply, or for more information please visit: www.jelf.org
JFS Roommate Matching Program
Roommate matching is a service that pairs older single adults with other pre-screened and qualified single adults to share a home. The program is available to residents of Palm Beach County who are age 50 and older.
Short Term In-Home Subsidized Care Assistance
JFS provides help to seniors that require short term in-home care services due to a recent hospitalization, rehabilitation center stay, and any other situation that would require short term in-home assistance to those that qualify.