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.
May is National Foster Care Month, and every year JFS Connecting Hearts takes this opportunity to raise awareness about the nearly 1,000 children in central Virginia’s foster care system. Local youth spend more than two years in foster care on average; most wait almost three years to be adopted. In the last year, almost as […]Click Here to Read More
March is National Social Work Month, and we’re celebrating by highlighting two of our social work interns, Rachel and J’Keyah! Both serve as Resource Coordinators for the Senior Engagement program, helping connect homebound elders to resources they need and ensuring they have a great experience with the volunteers who call or visit them. We recently […]Click Here to Read More
We are thrilled to announce that Lights of Love is returning for a third year! The program is designed to help bring holiday warmth and joy to our neighbors who need it, and every year Lights of Love has grown. Last winter, generous friends and donors helped us brighten the season for more than 100 […]Click Here to Read More
An Aging Richmond 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day in the U.S. When Boomers get together, conversations often turn to caring for their aging parents, their own health, and then the puzzling question: “Who will care for us?” A UVA study suggests that in Greater Richmond alone, the population of elders between ages 80 […]Click Here to Read More
Jewish Family Services celebrated our 172nd Annual Meeting this year on June 15th. A year’s experience with Zoom showed: the brisk meeting zoomed by, with fabulous emceeing from former JFS Board Member and Trustee Larry Salzman – and no technical difficulties to speak of. Rabbi Dovid Asher delivered a touching D’Var Torah with an adoption […]Click Here to Read More