Monday Message from JFCS Executive Director

Congrats to our VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) Joyce Ofori who has been accepted into the UPenn School of Social Policy and Practice as well as NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.  Joyce has done an outstanding job at JFCS this year and we have been very fortunate to have had her on board.  In addition, it is wonderful to note that JFCS continues to be a training ground for students, inspiring them to devote their careers to the social services!  We look forward to sharing Joyce’s destination with you.

Highlights to Share

  • STEPPING OUT COUNTDOWNOnly 12 days left – to buy your tickets and invite your friends! Hi Ho Silver Away!
  • Our annual Purim Food Collection and Sort will be held on Sunday March 8th.  The activities will take place at the 1721 JFED Annex at 11:00am.  Our local synagogues will be asked to collect items during Purim time in order to allow for a robust collection of goods which are sorely needed to refill the shelves of our food pantries.  Adults and kids, 12 and older, are encouraged to join us on the 8th.
  • Women’s Tea Time at the Saltzman House brought 40 women together!  Ellen Gartzman and Rebecca Rosenau are hosting conversations on subjects that are relevant to our seniors.  Recently, the topic included changes associated with aging and those conditions that deviate from the norm such as bullying, mobility and incontinence.  Future Tea Times will be organized at the Dubin and Gesher Houses.
  • A new Special Needs Coalition of Southern New Jersey has formed that is bringing local staff members and lay leaders from the area’s Jewish community together for conversation and camaraderie.  The group which includes members of the JFCS Special Needs Department will be sharing resources, information about services and will be working toward common goals.
  • The Tri-County Ethics Committee that many of our Senior Department staff members sit on will offer a new book club that will focus on ‘ethically based’ issues.  The first book will be Still Alice, which is currently in theaters and speaks to the decline of those who have Alzheimer’s disease. The group will meet at the Jewish Community Campus with JFCS as the hosting organization.

JFCS is so pleased to invite you to a special showing of HULU’s ‘Behind the Mask’ which will feature our very own client, Chris Hall.  HULU is a streaming TV destination that seeks to captivate and connect viewers with the stories they love by creating amazing experiences that celebrate the best of entertainment and technology.  HULU offers an online video service that features a selection of hit TV shows, clips, movies and more and is widely used by media enthusiasts.

Over the past months, HULU has taken a special interest in JFCS’s Chris Hall for their ‘Behind the Mask’ series which tells the stories of individuals who work or play as mascots, revealing who is really behind the costume.  Chris is a young man who took to ‘mascoting’ as a way to allow him to deal with issues of autism.  He has worked as Wally the Goose for Wawa and as the Chick-fil-a Cow, to name a few, and is a beloved client of the agency.


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