Emergency Financial and Food Assistance
Jewish Family Service is committed to providing financial and food support and other needed services to those individuals and families who are struggling physically, mentally, and financially.
Back on Track, offers emergency financial support to individuals and families who run the risk of “falling through the cracks,” due to short term financial problems. These emergency problems can often be eliminated by a “lift” in the form of a minimal one-time offer of financial support. Back on Track can make the difference between a family keeping their house or becoming homeless; getting to work with a reliable car or losing a job; or paying for childcare rather than missing critical doctors’ appointments. Back on Track was conceived with and has been sustained through the generosity of Ellen and Michael (z”l) Geduldig.
Project Lift, connects individuals and families with JFS services as well as with those provided by other social service organizations. These services can benefit those who may already be in the JFS system as mental health therapy clients, but could also benefit from a “lift” of additional social services. These programs target initiatives such as domestic abuse, legal issues, and substance abuse. Project Lift, does just what the name implies. It gives individuals the additional lift they may need to live a fulfilled life as a productive member of society.
Libby Urie Food Pantry
The Libby Urie Food Pantry provides food assistance to all who are in need, regardless of race, income, gender, age or religion. On an annual basis, we distribute close to 10,000 lbs. of food to local community members who struggle to put food on their tables. We are the only food pantry that stocks Kosher items, and we also have non-kosher food items and a selection of personal care items. Most of the products are donated by our local religious schools, families celebrating simchas and community food drives. JFS works closely with Chef Lee Casher of Lee’s Good Eats, and her project “Save the Bananas,” to provide supplemental food to families throughout the community.