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MRS BPO, LLC Employees Make Holiday Donation to Food Pantries

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MRS BPO, LLC employees generously donated many bags of food to our JFCS Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries this week!  The MRS BPO food drive, held since Thankgsiving, is part of an ongoing partnership with JFCS, which will include upcoming gift drives, fundraising initiatives, and volunteer events.  Pictured here: Brian Erazmus, Jordan Miller, Jennifer Pate, and Nina Rios.  (Not pictured: Kelly Feoli,  Rob Topolewski, Lisa Saidel.)

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Free BRCA Gene Webinar – December 20

Sharsheret will present a free national webinar, “BRCA Genetics In The News: What Do I Do Next?” on Wednesday, December 20th, at 8 p.m. EST.

The webinar features Sharsheret’s own Genetics Program Coordinator, Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, who will explore the latest critical genetics research, decode BRCA and other genetic  mutations, and help us understand what steps we need to take next. A Sharsheret peer supporter will share her personal story and a live question and answer session will follow the presentation.

To register for the webinar or to share the webinar with others in your network, click here.

JFCS 2017-2018 CALENDAR! (UPDATED WEEKLY)

DECEMBER 2017

Low Vision Support Group “Seeing it Through Together” – Workshop December 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, JFCS Main Offices, 1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150  Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map  – Low Vision Support Group  “Seeing it Through Together” –  Workshop with the Cherry Hill Library December 18th,  2017 at JFCS  1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ  1-2:30 PM Cost: $6 RSVP By November 30th to Hilary Gould at 856-424-1333, EXT 1016 or email Hgould@jfedsnj.org Funding Provided by Jewish Community Foundation  Find out more »

Dementia Caregivers Support Group December 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Arden Courts, 2700 Chapel Avenue West  Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map  – Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org     Find out more »

 

JANUARY 2018

Cafe’ Connection – a Memory Cafe January 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road  Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map –  Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges and their care partners.  Please join us on January 11 at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day.  Find out more »

Right In Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm,  Timber Creek High School, 501 Jarvis Rd  Sicklerville, NJ 08081 + Google Map  –  Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Gloucester Township Timber Creek Regional High School Sicklerville, NJ 7pm Sponsored by Gregg B. Wolfe in Memory of Son Justin and Camden County Board of Freeholders.  Find out more »

Project Rainbow – For LGBTQ Teens and Allies January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road  Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map –   Project Rainbow  January 18 Katz JCC – 7-9pm, Room 201 Free & Open to Teens in Grades 7th-12th A supportive and inviting environment for teens who identify as LGBTQ and allies! For information contact Beth Wynne at email bwynne@jfedsnj.org   A collaboration with Katz JCC. Funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Women’s Foundation,  Gesher Philanthropy Initiative/JCC Camps at Medford.   Find out more »

 APRIL 2018

Stepping Out with JFCS Annual Fundraiser 2018April 21, 2018 @ 8:45 pm – 11:30 pm,  Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street  Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map  – Back by popular demand, the evening features the excitement of the B Street Band!  For information on sponsorships or donating auction items, please call Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333 or email bwynne@jfedsnj.org.  Find out more »

 

Loss of Child Support Group Begins Oct 4

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Car Wash to Support JFCS SAIL Special Needs Program August 20

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New Additions and Exciting Events for JFCS Special Needs Programs

Zumba, Zinburger, and more!  That’s what the participants of the JFCS SAIL (Supports to Achieve Independent Living) Special Needs Program are up to this summer, and it is thanks in part to the newest addition to the JFCS family, SAIL Coordinator Kimberly Liebovitz, MSS, LSW.

Kimberly joined the JFCS team in June, and she brought along her enthusiasm and passion to share with the many SAIL members, who enjoy social and recreational offerings through the program.

“When I saw there was an opportunity for me to work at JFCS with the special needs population to support young adults in their social and community functioning,  I was beyond thrilled.   I knew that JFCS was one of the few local programs that helped support families in transition to adulthood and becoming independent. I then saw the opening for SAIL, and I thought it would be such a a blessing for me to be able to continue my work of supporting families and students after their graduation,” says Kimberly.

We are excited to have Kimberly, who will be responsible for developing and planning the monthly activities for SAIL,” says Barbara Abrams, Director of the JFCS Special Needs Program. “Kimberly has hit the ground running, coming up with many new and innovative program ideas to keep the SAIL participants engaged and interested. SAIL currently has 45 active members who are always eager to try new things, so this is a great match!”

Kim worked as a school social worker, school counselor and as a child study team coordinator, which has provided her with experience to understand the needs of SAIL clients.

“It is not only my goal to help create fun activities for the SAIL participants, but to help participants build new friendships. One of the major benefits of having friends is that they improve our lives. They help us develop a sense of sharing, be it tangible things or just inspirational or motivational words of wisdom,” says Kimberly.

In addition to Kimberly, the JFCS Special Needs Program also welcomed Robin Cohen as the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program Coordinator.  “I was drawn to the position because I was looking to incorporate my teaching skills with my passion for cooking and baking … and this is that job,” says Robin. “As a former special education teacher, Soups and Sweets allows me to see what happens to young adults with learning needs after their high school education is completed. It is rewarding to watch them obtain culinary skills and know that there is employment in their future.  The positive environment, the dedicated staff, and the volunteers inspire me to provide the best possible opportunities to our students.”

Robin was a member of the JFCS special needs job coaching team for the past year, prior to assuming her new role. “Robin came to JFCS after spending her 39-year career as a special education teacher, mostly for the Mt. Laurel School District. Upon her retirement, she knew that she wanted to stay working with individuals with special needs,” said Barbara.  “Robin brings a great deal of spirit, wisdom, and experience baking to her new position and we look forward to having her in our Soups and Sweets kitchen.”

JFCS is excited to see the strides the programs will make with Kimberly and Robin as part of the team.  Stay tuned!

**We invite you to learn more about information about SAIL Program, by visiting here!

For the brand new, delicious High Holiday catering menu brought to you by the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program, visit here, and place your order!

 

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation In Summer…

Food insecurity is a family’s inability to deliver enough food to live a nourishing lifestyle. 1 in 8 people in the United States battle with hunger and the ability to provide nutritious foods at the dinner table.  Thousands in Southern New Jersey rely on the JFCS Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries each year to do just that.

Six out of seven low-income children who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get that free meal during the summer. The absence of a meal in the middle of the day can be more detrimental to a growing child than one might believe. Children who lack proper eating habits often have low blood sugar, have trouble focusing, and do not have nutrients that children require to retain good health. With help from the good Samaritans of Southern New Jersey, JFCS can help make sure that no child has to go hungry this summer.

Summer food insecurity facts are quite staggering. Here are just some that resonate*:

  • New Jersey ranks 12th in the nation in the percentage of eligible children who received a free lunch last summer, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • 57,000 children in Southern New Jersey are food-insecure.
  • Families no longer visit “emergency food” sources for temporary relief; they rely on food pantries as a supplemental food source
  • 53% of households report having to choose between food and paying for medicine in the past 12 months; 29% face this choice every month
  • 68% of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities in the past 12 months; 24% face this choice every month.
  • One out of every 3 people who are hungry in New Jersey is a child.
  • About 1 of every 5 children in New Jersey is hungry.

Food insecurity can happen so quickly, due to unexpected events or accidents. Many families find it is an ongoing battle to choose between paying bills and buying healthy food.  Most of the time the family has to choose to pay bills.  In addition to regular pantry items, JFCS is asking farmers and gardeners to share their surplus with our clients during these summer months, via the JFCS Gardens For Good produce donation program. The importance of fruits and vegetables is essential, as they contain vital vitamins, minerals and contain fiber.

JFCS wants your help to make a difference for these families by donating items to our pantry.

Pantry Items Most Needed 

Cereal

Oatmeal

Rice

Juice

Snacks (pretzels, granola bars, crackers)

Tomato Sauce

For more information on our needs for our food pantry, please contact Andi Loew aloew@jfedsnj.org.

*Map the Meal Feeding America Study, 2014

 

 

JFCS SAIL Special Needs Program Car Wash Fundraiser – August 20!

JFCS SAIL Car Wash

Sunday, August 20th @ 10:00am – 12:00pm

The car wash will take place on August 20th, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:00pm! It will be held in the parking lot of JCFS 1721 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. All donations will support JCFS Special Education SAIL program!

Spaghetti Under the Stars Fundraiser by Catelli Duo for JFCS

 Former Soviet Union Holocaust Survivors Receive Support and Socialization Programs

Serving Holocaust Survivors is not only our honor at JFCS, it is a passion and commitment that we have held steadfastly to for decades.  It is our mission to make sure that no one affected by the atrocities of the Nazi regime is left without proper services and care to which they are entitled.

A segment of the Survivor population, from the Former Soviet Union (FSU), are helped by JFCS through various services and social programs, and are invited each month to Café Europa, which is a luncheon open to Holocaust Survivors.  Recently, a grant was given to JFCS through the Jewish Community Foundation to specifically support the FSU Survivors further, and bring them a special event that honors their traditions.

In response to significant outreach efforts, JFCS has had an increase in the numbers of FSU Survivors in the past few years.  JFCS senior services staff, always striving to educate themselves more deeply in the unique traditions of clients, reached out to other JFCS organizations nationwide who service this population, to learn even more about cultural norms of those from the FSU.  They also attended webinars and researched local venues that celebrate Russian culture.  It is of the utmost importance for the staff to seek guidance on continuing to build the trust of the FSU population, and understand the significant dates of history related to the FSU Survivors, as they are different than those of the Eastern European Survivors.

“We have served this population starting with their resettlement, but this grant has helped us to gain even more education to better understand Russian culture, which helps to deepen the bonds developed between clients and staff,” says Wendy Cohen-Klier, MSW, LSW, CDP, a Geriatric Social Worker at JFCS says. “Additionally, culturally-specific invitations were specially sent out to FSU Survivors, inviting them to a luncheon at the Palace Royal restaurant. At this event, they will have lunch and be entertained in Russian style, to celebrate the heritage of their homeland.”

“JFCS’ support for the FSU Survivor population has allowed many of the Survivors to continue to live in their homes with help, instead of moving into a nursing facility. It is the goal of JFCS to service them with dignity and cultural appropriateness,” says Wendy.

JFCS currently assists over two dozen FSU clients by providing homecare services, case management, counseling, transportation, food programs, adult day care, and home response systems, funded by the The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

For those receiving support from JFCS, the impact goes further than tangible services.  For many, it provides socialization, more independence, and comfort in their golden years.

JFCS encourages the community to help identify those who may benefit from the funds allocated for Holocaust Survivors.  JFCS is committed to assisting all Holocaust Survivors, as much as possible.  Please call our offices at 856-424-1333 to find out more about our support services.

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