JFS Perspectives

Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-by World Class a Success

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-by World Class a Success

Ten people recently completed the 12-week course, "Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World," which is an innovative workshop series that helps individuals and families at-risk for homelessness identify the underlying causes of poverty, increase financial literacy, and design a personalized action plan for escaping poverty and achieving long-term self-sufficiency. 

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Dealing with Job Loss

Friday, May 11, 2018

Losing a job can be traumatic. It’s more than a loss of income, but a tremendous hit to an individual’s pride and sense of self-worth. For most Americans, our identity and self-worth are tightly linked to “what we do” and “where we work.” Our job often defines “who we are.” When that changes unexpectedly, it’s a shock to our very core. 

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Earl Pettet: Maintaining Hope Through Crisis

Thursday, May 03, 2018
Earl Pettet: Maintaining Hope Through Crisis

Many of us are one crisis away from financial instability. It could be job loss, a medical emergency, or a death in the family. Without significant savings, it’s easy to go from self-sufficiency to facing homelessness in a matter of months. 

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JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Thursday, May 03, 2018
JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Dawn CollinsDawn Collins
Senior Solutions
   

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Local Organizations Donate 10,000 Pounds of Food to Jewish Family Service

Monday, April 30, 2018
Local Organizations Donate 10,000 Pounds of Food to Jewish Family Service

Because food donations to Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Weinberg Food Pantry drop significantly in the springtime, the agency recently held a Spring Community Food Drive. Ten local businesses, churches, schools, JFS staff, and other organizations participated and collectively donated nearly 10,000 pounds of food. This food will supply the Weinberg Food Pantry for one month and can feed 550 people for five days. 

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Our Volunteers Make It Possible

Friday, April 13, 2018
Our Volunteers Make It Possible

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, we celebrate and thank our volunteers. Their impact is immeasurable, not only for the agency, but for the community as a whole. Volunteers truly are at the heart of everything we do.  

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Family Safety Net: A Path to Stability and Self-Sufficiency

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Picture this: you have a steady income, always pay your rent on time, and are self-sufficient. Then at nearly 60 years old, your source of income slips away and you can no longer perform the physical labor necessary to find another job in your line of work. The rent is past due, you don’t have money for food, and you can’t find employment.  

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Whole Foods: A Whole Lot More than Our Neighborhood Grocery Store

Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Whole Foods: A Whole Lot More than Our Neighborhood Grocery Store

Whole Foods Tamarac recently raised nearly $20,000 for Jewish Family Service (JFS) through two of its community donation programs: Feed 4 More and bag credits. Through Feed 4 More, cashiers ask customers to help fill the cupboards for a family of four by donating $5, $10, or any other amount when they check out. The store chose JFS as this program’s recipient organization for the 2017 holiday season. 

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Lunchbox Express Volunteers Helped Us Fight Hunger Throughout the Summer

Monday, August 21, 2017
Lunchbox Express Volunteers Helped Us Fight Hunger Throughout the Summer

How many people does it take to distribute more than 30,000 lunches to low-income children in the summer? It turns out it takes a village … a village of dedicated individual and group volunteers. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Keith: How one volunteer’s efforts are helping JFS nourish kids’ bodies and minds

Monday, August 21, 2017
Volunteer Spotlight: John Keith: How one volunteer’s efforts are helping JFS nourish kids’ bodies and minds

In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 book for every 300 kids. In fact, 81 percent of low-income families have no books at all in the home for children. Along with a committed group of volunteers, JFS board member and volunteer John Keith is trying to change these startling statistics.  

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