JFS Perspectives

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

From the CEO: Lobby and Atrium Remodel

From the CEO: Lobby and Atrium Remodel

I have some exciting news to share about a new project at JFS that will enhance the quality of our services and provide a better experience for those we are fortunate to serve. We are remodeling the lobby and atrium at the JFS Tamarac building to provide a more welcoming and comfortable environment for visitors of the Weinberg Food Pantry and others who come to JFS for help. Thanks to the support of generous donors and volunteers, work is already underway and should be completed later this fall.

While attractive with its lush tropical plants, the current space offers limited comfortable seating, forcing many pantry guests to either sit on a brick wall or stand while they wait to be served. Many of our guests are older and need comfortable seating. Adding to the discomfort, most people wait on the first floor so they can keep an eye on the number system, creating a cramped and crowded environment, especially on busy days.

The reinvented lobby and atrium were designed with people in mind. Gone are the planters, making room for adequate and comfortable seating for children and adults. The second floor atrium will offer additional seating, as well as tables for impromptu staff meetings. The number system will be visible upstairs so pantry clients can use the space and not lose their turn.

To add ambience and interest, the upper lobby will include a calming water fountain. Other highlights include a hydration station with water, tea, and coffee, and a big-screen monitor to promote upcoming activities, recognize JFS supporters, and educate guests about the many programs and services offered by the agency. The popular book station will remain, giving children access to books that they can read and take home. The outdoor space will also be modified with seating and an awning to protect pantry clients from the elements as they shop.

These much-needed upgrades will vastly improve the experience of our guests when they come to JFS for services. Our new lobby will reflect the quality of our services and our commitment to treat all people with dignity and respect. It will also create a more inviting and useful space for our staff.

This project would not be possible without the generous support and hard work of loyal JFS supporters and volunteers. Special thanks to John Keith, Elaine and Max Appel, Mindy Levy Peckar and Steve Peckar, Mendel & Company Construction, and Ellis Design Studio.

Watch for the unveiling in the coming months and be sure to stop by for a visit and a cup of coffee.

With warm regards,

Linda Foster

Linda P. Foster
President and CEO