JFS Friends Campaign, Support Individuals in Our Community

Posted on April 20, 2016

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties provides support to more than 8,500 of our neighbors, friends, colleagues and family members each year. Of those JFS helps each year, hundreds are older adults. With the Boomer generation now aging into older adults, Village by the Shore provides essential community services and socialization for those age 50+.  The Village programs (care coordination, transportation, meal delivery, etc.) are more important than ever.

Esther must choose between buying medication or paying rent. Esther, a Holocaust Survivor, was living on a fixed income.  A sudden illness left her feeling alone and needing expensive medication.  JFS was able to assure she had proper care, medicine and maintain current payments through financial support.  Once a month, Esther now attends the Holocaust Survivor luncheons where she connects with people that have similar life experiences.  The luncheons bring her much needed socialization and support. 
A donation of $120 allows Esther to attend a year of Holocaust Survivor luncheons.

 Philip is isolated and worries how he will get to his doctor’s appointments. Philip, 85, lives alone and can no longer drive due to his arthritis. JFS now provides monthly rides to his doctor’s appointments, errands and activities through the agency’s transportation services. Philip also gets weekly friendly visits from Mike, a volunteer through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. They watch television, discuss current events and walk outside to help with Philip’s mobility. Having had a very active lifestyle, Philip is enjoying his new found freedom and meeting new friends.
A donation of $18 provides Philip a ride to his medical appointment. 

Millie worries when she will receive her next meal. At 86 years old, Millie suffers from Parkinson’s-like tremors leaving her homebound and unable to prepare her own food. She was connected with the JFS Kosher Meals on Wheels program and receives hearty meals each Thursday.  Having grown up going to the Kosher butcher, Kosher bakery and grocery store with her parents, Millie explains that having the prepared Kosher meals “keeps my tradition alive.”
A donation of $50 provides a week of Kosher meals to a homebound senior.

 These are just a few examples of how JFS helps local older adults. With continually expanding services across more than 30 program areas, JFS is the go-to agency in times of need.  From Village by the Shore, to a food pantry to counseling, JFS relies on donations from our Friends to meet the growing needs of the community.

Please support JFS by making a donation to the Annual Friends Campaign. Your gift, in any amount, will make a difference for community members like Esther, Philip and Millie. Please send your tax-deductible gift to Jewish Family Service at 607 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate, or donate online.