JFS Recognizes Older Americans Month

Posted on May 12, 2021

Jack Greenberg, JFS volunteer

For the past 45 years, the month of May has been designated as Older Americans Month. The theme for this year’s nationwide program is ‘Communities of Strength’ – a mantra that Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) takes pride in developing every day.

“As an agency, JFS was founded on caring for the elderly, which continues today as we strive to help older adults age gracefully and independently,” said Andrea Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service. “This is achieved through JFS’ dedicated staff and volunteers who firmly believe in ‘Strength in Community.’”

At JFS, one of the concepts is Village by the Shore, an innovative model that provides services, programs and socialization for adults 50+. From assessments to care management to unique events, the Village works to enhance the quality of life for more than 200 members, including 33 Holocaust Survivors, in our region. Each month, Village members socialize by participating in a multitude of virtual programs including Coffee Klatch, Memoir Writing, Bingo, Trivia Game Day and more all from the comfort and safety of their own home.

In addition, the JFS’ staff relies on dedicated volunteers who are committed to the concept of neighbors helping neighbors. From delivering meals to weekly check-in phone calls and even stocking food pantry shelves, volunteers are vital to the agency’s success. The benefits are two-fold – valuable assistance for JFS and safely engaging community members while providing positive health and mental benefits by keeping volunteers active.

Jordan Kleinman, JFS volunteer

JFS received a grant from AmeriCorps to support the agency’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The funds assure JFS staff and volunteers (age 55+) can continue to seamlessly provide essential services and programs for the region’s older adults. As JFS volunteer Gigi Marino shared, “The feeling you get inside yourself from helping someone, and the good vibes, come back ten-fold.”

For more information on Village by the Shore, contact Tina Serota at tserota@jfsatlantic.org or 609.822.1108 x105. For more information on Volunteer opportunities, contact Vanessa Smith at vsmith@jfsatlantic.org or 609.822.1108 x249 or Mary DeMarco at mdemarco@jfsatlantic.org or 609.822.1108 x512.