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Highlighting Hope: Supporting Mental Health Awareness In May

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Month emphasizes empathy and action, championed by Jewish Family Service.

May is a time to turn our attention to the subject of Mental Health Awareness Month. This period serves as an essential reminder of the significance of mental health, encouraging empathy towards those facing challenges and advocating for the elimination of stigma surrounding mental health issues. 

It’s a time for communities to rally together, emphasizing support for individuals navigating mental health conditions and promoting overall mental well-being.

The Vital Role of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ

At the heart of efforts to support mental health in New Jersey is the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS), a Holiday Fund partner agency dedicated to providing crucial assistance to those in need. 

JFS provides innovative, compassionate, and outstanding social services to enhance the independence and well-being of individuals and families throughout all stages of life. Their work spans from aiding seniors and families to supporting individuals with disabilities, illustrating their commitment to nurturing a healthy and resilient community.

One of the remarkable contributions of JFS in this domain is their facilitation of 24 Support Groups, encompassing over 300 participants. These groups offer a safe space for individuals to share their experiences, find solace, and gain strength from others facing similar challenges. Through these groups, JFS underscores the importance of community and mutual support in the journey toward mental health recovery.

More about JFS’s impact: Strengthening Communities With Support Groups

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Amplifying Impact

Supporting organizations like JFS in their mission to promote mental health awareness and provide essential services is crucial. One way to contribute is through the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, a long-time supporter of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ

By donating to the Holiday Fund, your contribution extends its reach, impacting ELEVEN top-tier agencies, including JFS, that make a tangible difference in northern New Jersey.

Your donation not only supports mental health awareness but also fuels the critical work being carried out to improve it. The Greater Newark Holiday Fund ensures that your generosity aids in providing the necessary resources and support for those navigating mental health challenges.

Join Us in Making a Difference

As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s come together to shine a light on the importance of mental health and the ongoing efforts to support those affected. Consider making a donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund today. Your support can transform lives, fostering a more compassionate and understanding community where mental well-being is prioritized.

This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s deepen our dedication to fostering kindness and nurturing a sense of community. Donate now and be part of the change you wish to see in the world. 

Boosting Senior Mental Health: The Shop & Drop Program By JFS MetroWest

Volunteers of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ impact senior mental health by delivering essential goods to homebound seniors.

May is a time to highlight the significance of mental health awareness, reminding us of the invisible battles many—regardless of age or background—face daily. It’s a month dedicated to breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues and emphasizing the power of community support.

In these times, when mental health support is more crucial than ever, the focus is on ensuring that individuals struggling with mental health challenges receive the compassion and assistance they deserve. Keep reading to discover one powerful way Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS) has been lending help to those who are most vulnerable. 

The Role of Shop & Drop Trips Impacting Senior Mental Health

With 224 Shop & Drop Trips to homebound seniors completed by 55 incredible volunteers, JFS has made significant strides in supporting our community here in New Jersey. 

Each Shop & Drop Trip involves volunteers carefully shopping for groceries and other requested items on behalf of a senior, then delivering these necessities directly to their doorstep. This not only ensures that homebound seniors have access to fresh and nutritious food but also provides them with a sense of connection and support from the community, reminding them that they are not forgotten. 

By stepping up to fill this vital need, JFS and its volunteers have not only made strides in supporting the physical well-being of homebound seniors but have also contributed to their emotional and psychological health, fostering a stronger, more caring community here in New Jersey.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund’s Support

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund plays a crucial role in supporting the work of organizations like JFS. By partnering with JFS, the Holiday Fund ensures that the vital services provided to those facing mental health challenges continue. 

Your donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund not only supports this important work but also makes you part of a larger movement aimed at uplifting and empowering individuals in need.

Read more: Elder Support: Ensuring Dignity and Independence for Our Seniors

Join the Movement: Make a Difference

In partnership with the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, we invite you to contribute to the ongoing efforts to support mental health awareness. By donating, you become a key player in a collective effort to make a real difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health issues.

Let’s come together to support this cause. Your support can transform lives and bring light to those in dark places. 

This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s reaffirm our commitment to kindness, support, and community.  Donate now and be part of the change we wish to see in the world. 

Recognizing Compassion And Service: An Evening Of Appreciation With JFS

In May 2024, An Evening of Appreciation will honor supporters of the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ in Florham Park.

On the evening of May 29, 2024, the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, will be sparkling with the spirit of gratitude and community as the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey (JFS) hosts its much-anticipated, annual gala: An Evening of Appreciation. 

This event is not just a gala; it’s a heartfelt acknowledgment of those who have significantly contributed to the mission of JFS—a place of unwavering support for individuals and families across all stages of life.

The Mission of JFS

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ has carved its niche as a leading provider of innovative, compassionate, and outstanding social services. With a focus on enhancing the independence and well-being of its clients, JFS stands out for its approach to addressing the social services and mental health needs of the greater community. The organization operates with an unparalleled level of professionalism, humanity, and respect, ensuring that everyone who seeks its support is treated with dignity and care.

Throughout its history, JFS has been at the forefront of responding to life’s emergencies, adapting to meet the evolving needs of the community it serves. The upcoming gala is not just a celebration but a call to action—garnering support to ensure that JFS can continue its critical work now and in the future.

Read more: How the Jewish Family Service Helped A Mom of Three Reclaim Her Life

Honoring the Pillars of the Community

The gala’s 2024 award recipients will be recognized, and are a testament to the power of community and dedication. This year, JFS is proud to honor:

  • Sunrise ShopRite, recognized as the JFS Community Partner for their unwavering support and partnership.
  • Carol & Robert Marcus, awarded the JFS Lifetime Philanthropy honor for their generous and continuous contributions.
  • Stephen Weinstein, named the JFS Rising Star for his emerging leadership and commitment.
  • Jocelyn Thompson, celebrated with the JFS Maxine Myers Volunteer Award for her exceptional volunteer service.

These distinguished individuals and entities exemplify the spirit of giving, dedication, and support that fuels the mission of JFS. Their contributions enable quick and effective responses to the community’s needs, especially in times of emergency.

The Role of the Greater Newark Holiday Fund

Supporting the efforts of organizations like JFS, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund plays a crucial role in amplifying the impact of social services within the community. Through its support of targeted initiatives and programs, the Holiday Fund bolsters critical New Jersey organizations like JFS with additional resources that enhance their ability to effect meaningful change in the community.

There are two impactful ways you can support the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ in their mission to make a difference in the community:

  1. Join us at the gala! It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, learn more about JFS’s invaluable work, and show your support in person. For ticket information, please visit the JFS website.
  2. 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, whether it be through attendance at the gala or through a donation, 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.

Championing Mental Health With Jewish Family Service

Advocating for mental health requires empathy and action against hidden mental health issues.

May marks a significant time of the year dedicated to shedding light on an issue that touches many lives, yet often remains shrouded in silence. Mental Health Awareness Month encourages us all to break that silence, and co-create a culture of understanding, empathy, and support for those among us facing mental health challenges.

The Critical Need for Community Support

Mental health issues are more common than many might think, with 1 in 5 people facing such challenges. Despite its prevalence, the stigma surrounding mental health persists, making it difficult for many to seek the help they need. 

This month serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of community support, highlighting the need for open conversations and actions that can make a real difference in the lives of individuals struggling with mental health issues.

JFS MetroWest NJ: On the Front Lines

At the forefront of addressing these challenges is Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS). As a key player in the mental health field, JFS provides a range of services including counseling, consultation, and support to over 3,600 individuals. Their work is pivotal in bridging the gap for those who require assistance, offering a lifeline to many and promoting mental well-being within the community.

JFS’s commitment to serving the community extends beyond just mental health services. The organization is dedicated to providing for the social services and mental health needs of the greater community with unparalleled professionalism, humanity, and respect for all who seek its support. This holistic approach ensures that every individual has access to the resources they need to lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Amplifying Impact

Supporting the efforts of organizations like JFS is the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, a partner that plays a vital role in bolstering mental health services in New Jersey. Through its support, the Holiday Fund enhances JFS’s ability to reach and assist more individuals, amplifying the impact of their work.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund collaborates with eleven top-tier agencies, including Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, to address the pressing needs of northern New Jersey’s communities.


Read more: A Special Event by Jewish Family Service

Support Mental Health Awareness

As we honor Mental Health Awareness Month, let us remember the importance of empathy and support in making a difference. By contributing to organizations like the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you are not only acknowledging the significance of this month but also actively participating in improving mental health services and support systems in New Jersey.

Your donation can change lives, offering hope and assistance to those in need.

Let’s come together to support those making a difference in the realm of mental health. Donate today and take a step toward a more compassionate and understanding community.

Elder Support: Ensuring Dignity and Independence for Our Seniors

As February nears, we value the elder support given to 184 seniors through initiatives by Jewish Family Services.

As February draws near, we prepare not only to spread love on Valentine’s Day, but also to pay homage to our older community members during National Senior Independence Month. This is a time when we focus on the challenges faced by our elderly community and the importance of supporting their independence.

The Need for Community Support

Independence in senior years is crucial to maintaining dignity, improving quality of life, and encouraging a sense of purpose. However, many seniors struggle with physical health issues and social isolation, making independent living a challenge. That’s where we, as a community, need to be aware of this struggle and do what we can to provide solutions. By providing support, we can help our elders overcome these hurdles and lead dignified, independent lives.

The Role of Jewish Family Services of MetroWest

Making a difference in the lives of the elderly, one house call at a time, is Jewish Family Services of MetroWest New Jersey. During the period from 2020-2021, they served 184 vulnerable seniors through their dedicated House Calls program.

This essential service provides in-home social work services and medical support, ensuring that our elders receive the care they need right at their doorstep. Such programs are instrumental in promoting senior independence, allowing older adults to continue living in familiar environments while receiving the necessary support.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting Essential Services

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund has been a staunch supporter of Jewish Family Services. By funding essential programs like House Calls, the Holiday Fund ensures that these vital services continue to reach our community’s elderly.

Your Role in Promoting Senior Independence

This February, during National Senior Independence Month, let’s salute the efforts of organizations like Jewish Family Services of MetroWest and the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. But let’s not stop at applause.

You can join us in supporting this vital work! Your donation to the Holiday Fund can help the 11 partner agencies, including Jewish Family Services of MetroWest, continue to make a positive impact on our community’s older adults. Every contribution counts.

Donate today and help us champion the cause of senior independence. Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of our elders, ensuring they enjoy the independence and dignity they deserve.

Strengthening Communities With Support Groups: JFS MetroWest NJ

JFS MetroWest NJ is a bridge to support groups, making a difference in the lives of individuals and families.

In the heart of New Jersey, an organization is making a significant difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community. Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey (JFS) serves as a crucial bridge to various support groups that address a wide range of needs. By providing counseling and support services, they empower individuals and families to overcome challenges and thrive. Let’s dive deeper into the remarkable work of JFS MetroWest NJ and how it is shaping the community.

How JFS Serves NJ: Feeding Hope by Delivering Meals to Those in Need

A Bridge to Support

At JFS MetroWest NJ, the focus is on creating opportunities for growth and healing. One such group is the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Family Support Group, which offers valuable information about additional programs for individuals, families, and caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This support group equips participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of these conditions.

Another vital support group provided by JFS MetroWest NJ is tailored for parents and caregivers of adult children with disabilities. This group offers a safe space for individuals to connect with others facing similar situations, discuss advocacy strategies, and access resources. By fostering a sense of community and providing support, JFS MetroWest NJ empowers parents and caregivers to navigate the unique challenges they encounter.

But that’s not all—they also host groups for siblings with disabilities, Playgroups with a Purpose, and more. 

The Power of Connection

One of the most remarkable aspects of JFS MetroWest NJ’s support groups is that they are entirely free. This ensures that financial barriers do not hinder individuals and families from accessing the help they need. By removing this obstacle, JFS MetroWest NJ creates an inclusive environment where everyone can participate and benefit from the support provided.

Supporting JFS MetroWest NJ

JFS MetroWest NJ’s meaningful work is further amplified by the support of organizations like the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. As a vital partner, the Holiday Fund recognizes and celebrates the impact of JFS MetroWest NJ in strengthening individuals, families, and the community through their support services and counseling.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund understands the importance of supporting organizations like JFS MetroWest NJ that uplift and empower those in need. By partnering with the Holiday Fund, JFS MetroWest NJ can expand its reach and continue to provide essential resources and support to even more individuals and families facing various challenges.

Join the Cause: Donate Today

You too can join the cause and make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community by supporting JFS MetroWest NJ. Your contribution will enable them to continue providing invaluable counseling and support services, as well as expand their reach to serve even more individuals in need.

To make a donation and support the incredible work of JFS MetroWest NJ, visit the Holiday Fund website today. Together, we can strengthen communities and create a brighter future for all.

A Special Event by Jewish Family Service

A Jewish Family Service special summer event celebrates the esteemed 1861 Society.

In the summer of 2023, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS) hosted an extraordinary appreciation event for the esteemed 1861 Society. 

Held at the stunning home of Eve & David Sorkin, the event served as a platform for laughter, learning, and heartfelt stories from the JFS President and other leaders. As they shared their reasons for contributing to this 150-year-old social service agency, the event became a testament to the transformative power of giving.

A Memorable Gathering

The event organized by JFS brought together members of the 1861 Society and showcased the profound impact of their contributions. Against the backdrop of the beautiful Sorkin residence, attendees enjoyed an evening filled with camaraderie, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of the vital role JFS plays in the community.

Messages of Support and Inspiration

As influential leaders took the stage, they used their voices to amplify the importance of giving back. Through personal anecdotes and heartfelt stories, they shed light on the remarkable work carried out by JFS and articulated the reasons behind their unwavering support for this respected organization.

Illuminating the Path: The Holiday Fund

In a world where compassion and support can make all the difference, we invite you to join us in creating a meaningful impact through your generous contribution to the Holiday Fund. 

By supporting this vital initiative, not only do you directly benefit JFS, but you also lend a helping hand to ten other agencies that play crucial roles in illuminating the path for those in need within communities across New Jersey.

Together, let’s make a difference in the lives of those in need and foster a stronger, more inclusive society. Join us in this journey by donating at www.holidayfund.org/donate

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ: Feeding Hope by Delivering Meals to Those in Need

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey makes an impact by delivering meals to thousands.

Amazing news from Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey! A team of 46 dedicated volunteers have made a significant impact in our community by delivering an incredible 4,729 meals to over 180 clients.

Delivering Meals And Support

Each meal delivered is a message of care, support, and community solidarity. These volunteers are not just delivering meals, they’re delivering hope and comfort to those who need it the most.

This initiative exemplifies the spirit of giving and shows how every act of kindness can create a ripple effect of positive change. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the hard work and dedication of these volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service.

To each of the 46 volunteers – thank you for your selfless service. Your efforts are truly making a difference!

Donate To Provide Essential Help

Did you know that a gift to the Holiday Fund directly benefits critical organizations like Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey? Each donation you make has a profound impact, providing essential aid to those in New Jersey who are most in need. Your contribution to the Holiday Fund isn’t merely a monetary gift; it’s a lifeline for those seeking hope. Spread hope by donating online today.

Impact by the Numbers: Jewish Family Services’ caregiver consultations

Jewish Family Services provides practical information, emotional support, and connects caregivers to local resources and services. Care Consultation, an evidenced based program recognized by the National Council on Aging, is a free telephone-based program designed to serve family caregivers and care recipients. It provides ongoing support, solutions, and referrals to meet unique family needs, and the program’s licensed clinicians can help caregivers understand the physical and emotional needs of the care recipient, share community resources, and learn to manage challenging behaviors.

Your donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund will make a meaningful impact on the lives of those served by the JFS.

How the Jewish Family Service Helped A Mom of Three Reclaim Her Life

Meet F.T. – a mother of three who endured threats and abuse from her husband for over two decades.

She turned to the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest for help to leave her husband and attended weekly individual and group counseling. With their support, F.T. and her children were able to move to a safer location with better schools and obtain a final restraining order. The Safety Net Fund provided financial support for basic supplies for their new home. With continued emotional support, F.T. is now a strong parent, and her children are thriving.

Support others like F.T. by making a donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund!

Original story taken from NJ.com