Since March 15, 2020 Jewish Family Services has been adapting and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We started offering telehealth counseling sessions by secure video call. Our volunteers reached out to more than 250 older adults to offer free daily telephone reassurance. We’re delivering food and supplies to isolated seniors. We provided personal protective equipment, childcare stipends, and overtime pay to our care staff.
JFS has been here before. During the pandemics of the early 1900s, our volunteers supported the victims and their families. Zipporah Cohen was JFS’ President through it all, from 1904 – 1938, and her words ring true today:
“No matter what may come to us or how severe… we will be able to meet these demands, for in the hearts of our people dwell love and charity.”
JFS is still here to serve the Richmond community a century later. You can help us meet the demands of the COVID-19 crisis by making a gift to JFS. We are honored to share our mission of transforming lives and strengthening our community with you. Thank you.
Virtual Learning Event for Foster Parents The National Foster Parent Association announced their 50th Education Conference, FORWARD, will take place online from June 24-26, 2021. Registration opens on April 15 and costs $99 for the three day event. Videos of the entire conference will be available to watch for three months after it ends, so […]Click Here to Read More
The theme of this year’s Social Work Month is #SocialWorkersAreEssential, and JFS is spotlighting our own essential social workers from around the agency! You’ll get a peek into an average day, hear why they decided to become a social worker, and learn what it takes to do the job. Please join us in honoring and […]Click Here to Read More
During this Women’s History Month, JFS honors the woman who inspired us through the challenges of the last year: Zipporah Cohen, the President of JFS from 1904 to 1938. A Gifted Leader Zipporah Cohen was the daughter of Rabbi Michelbacher, Congregation Beth Ahabah’s first Rabbi and the inspiration for the all-female founders of the Ladies […]Click Here to Read More
As we arrive at the anniversary of the pandemic, JFS is humbled by the exceptional compassion, dedication, and care our In-Home Care Aides have given their clients over the last year, many of whom are elders living in poverty and have nowhere else to turn for help. The challenges the Aides face are significant: caring for their own children and aging parents; families wanting more care for […]Click Here to Read More
In the last few months of 2020, JFS Counseling was invited to host mental health “check-ins” for students involved with Hillel at Virginia Tech, staff at the Weinstein JCC, and community members through JCFR. Across the spectrum of age and experience, many concerns were the same: anxiety about the pandemic, difficulty adjusting to new routines, […]Click Here to Read More