A Powerful Collaboration For Families With Disabled Individuals: JFS & Coordinated Care Of MetroWest

Two effective organizations collaborate to offer crucial support for families with disabled individuals in MetroWest.

In the heart of the Greater MetroWest community, a pressing concern has brought families together in search of a solution for one of life’s most challenging questions: who will care for our loved ones with special needs when we are no longer able to? 

Michael, a dedicated father and board member of the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey (JFS), faced this very dilemma. His story is not unique but represents a common fear among parents of children with developmental disabilities.

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ: A Mainstay of Support

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS) stands as a community mainstay of support and advocacy for individuals facing various challenges, including those with disabilities and their families. JFS’s mission is deeply rooted in the values of compassion, dignity, and respect, striving to provide comprehensive social services that improve the quality of life for all community members. As an organization, JFS embodies the principle of tikkun olam, or repairing the world, through its dedicated efforts to offer guidance, support, and resources to those in need.

The Birth of Coordinated Care of MetroWest

In response to the community’s call for specialized support for families with children who have developmental or acquired disabilities, Coordinated Care of MetroWest (CCM) was founded. Initially partnering with JFS and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest (JCF), CCM has since merged with JFS, reinforcing its commitment to the community and ensuring the sustainability of its vital services. This collaboration has led to the creation of a comprehensive suite of services designed to address the immediate and long-term needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Services and Support Offered by CCM

CCM works closely with families and guardians to provide personalized care, connecting them to local resources, offering support for daily challenges, and assisting with future planning. Case managers act as “boots on the ground,” ensuring families make informed decisions about housing, finances, medical care, and crafting a life plan that aligns with their loved one’s needs and the family’s priorities.

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Planning for the Future

One of the most significant challenges CCM faces is helping families come to terms with the necessity of planning for the future—a future many prefer not to think about. These considerations are difficult but crucial for ensuring the well-being of their loved ones with disabilities. By enrolling in CCM, families gain a safety net of support, knowing there is a dedicated team ready to step in when they can no longer provide care themselves.

The Role of the Greater Newark Holiday Fund

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund plays a pivotal role in bolstering organizations like JFS by providing funding that enhances their ability to effect meaningful change. Through financial support, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund helps organizations extend their reach and deepen their impact, ensuring that families like Michael’s have access to the support and services they need.

A Lasting Commitment

Michael’s journey with CCM highlights the essential role that organizations like Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ play in the lives of families facing the complexities of caring for loved ones with disabilities. With the steadfast support of CCM and the backing of the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, families can find peace of mind and the assurance that their loved ones will receive compassionate, personalized care, now and in the future.

Partnering With JFS

Consider making a donation to the Holiday Fund. Your contribution will supplement the vital support provided by the Holiday Fund to organizations like JFS, enabling them to continue their crucial work.

Every act of support plays a significant role in empowering JFS and similar organizations to serve our community effectively. 

Discover the transformative efforts of JFS by exploring how they’ve been supporting families and individuals across all ages and backgrounds to navigate life’s challenges since 1861.

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