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 […]
Caring for an Aging Richmond
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 […]
JFS’ 172nd Annual Meeting
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 […]
Partnership for Behavioral Health in the East End
Ever since JFS’ predecessor, the Ladies Hebrew Association, added “Benevolent” to their name and began serving the community beyond its own members, we have continued to expand our reach to more and more Richmonders in need. In 2019, JFS was particularly concerned with two intertwined problems facing residents of Richmond’s East End: elders with Medicaid […]
May is National Foster Care Month!
May is National Foster Care Month, and JFS Connecting Hearts is partnering again with CBS 6 on a multimedia awareness campaign! Keep an eye on JFS Connecting Hearts’ Facebook page and watch CBS 6 to see interviews with Richmond foster families! Right now, there are 729 children and youth in central Virginia’s foster care system. […]
Hands Held, Hearts Found
JFS Connecting Hearts had a busy fall! Between the Virtual Bowling Ball awareness- and fundraiser and November’s “A Hand to Hold” media campaign, we have been busy sharing the stories of children in foster care and recruiting potential foster and adoptive families! JFS Connecting Hearts is humbled by the work of our sponsors, volunteers, donors, […]
JFS Life & Legacy Committee Chair Scott Belleman on Life, Legacy, and JFS’ Future
Before Scott Belleman was the Life & Legacy Committee Chair, he was a financial planner in an office across the parking lot from JFS. “I didn’t even know what JFS did,” he joked. Now retired, Scott keeps busy with the classic hobbies – golf, tennis, bridge – and a more unusual one: “I love deferred […]
You’re Invited: JFS’ 2020 Annual Meeting!
The Board, Trustees, and Staff of Jewish Family Services Invite You to JFS’ 2020 Annual Meeting Living Our Legacy of Caring and Hope Monday, June 22 from 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM We will celebrate our 170-year history, share how JFS is serving Richmond today, and give you a chance to ask questions and chat […]
A Statement from JFS Richmond on Racial Justice
JFS Richmond mourns the intolerable death of George Floyd. We stand with our community and nation in commitment to racial justice. We work every day to fight injustice and inequality by bringing needed human services to individuals across Richmond regardless of race, faith, income, gender or sexuality. Our Richmond community can only be strengthened when […]
CEO Wendy Kreuter on JFS’ Response to Covid-19
CEO Wendy Kreuter gave a video update on JFS’ response to covid-19. We are here for you! JFS would appreciate your help getting members of our community the care and support they need. If you can, please click here to make a gift.