2. JFS launched new or expanded programs in the areas of domestic violence, elderly outreach, themed support groups, emergency food assistance, services for adults with developmental disabilities, family reunification services, pastoral care, and homelessness prevention.
3. JFS received over $400,000 in grant funding from a combination of 17 separate Foundation and Government Grants this past year. This funding primarily helps the most vulnerable, at-risk, and disadvantaged individuals and families in our local community, including the food insecure, the frail elderly, the disabled, the unemployed, children living in poverty, and families in danger of losing their homes, to name a few.
4. JFS provided services to over 9,500 individuals and families this past year, a 12% increase over the previous year.
1. Continue to develop new and innovative programming that serves the ever changing needs of our community’s most vulnerable individuals and families.
2. Increase outreach and core program offerings to a wider geographical area within Greater New Haven, including the Shoreline.
3. Grow unrestricted endowments and effectively launch a planned giving program
4. Reduce the agency’s dependence on the vicissitudes of state funding and achieve greater financial health and independence through income diversification.
5. Develop a new five-year Strategic Plan that will guide the agency and lay out a path toward our future.
1. Emergency Assistance Fund for families and individuals in crisis – to provide help with essential needs, such as food, housing, utilities, etc. - $15,000 2. Funds to hire a part-time geriatric social worker to help meet the ever increasing needs of Greater New Haven’s aging population - $20,000 3. IT upgrade – JFS sorely needs data management software and a new website design - $20,000 4. Increased capacity to offer social services on the Shoreline, including a satellite office space in the Guilford area - $10,000 5. The development of a new comprehensive Strategic Plan that will help the agency to produce decisions and actions that will guide and shape what we do over the next five years - $10,000
In my present role as Board President of Jewish Family Service of New Haven, I am reminded daily of the impact of or agency upon those who rely upon our many services. But past circumstances also plays a part in my personal JFS narrative.
Growing up in Brooklyn as the oldest of three children, the threads of our family life came apart at the seams on the day our father unexpectedly died at the age of 44. My young mom was suddenly an unemployed widow---without any siblings to turn to for support. Shorty afterwards, her father (my grandfather) suffered a stroke. Overwhelmed by the weight of mounting financial and emotional pressures, she could not provide food, clothing, or shelter for her family.
Thankfully, the local Jewish Family Service was there to help. They set up emergency assistance, offered counseling, employment leads, and carefully navigated her through the tangle of social service forms. JFS became her friend.
Here in New Haven, JFS works tirelessly to improve lives. Chances are, you already know someone who has greatly benefitted by the wide range of quality social and human services provided by our “agency without walls”.
Perhaps your neighbor has attended one of our Bereavement or Unemployment Support Groups? Has a relative obtained counseling, adopted or fostered a child, requested emergency fuel assistance or inquired about our Social Work Outreach Services? Is a co-worker dealing with a developmentally disabled adult, domestic violence, substance abuse, or seeking services for an aging parent, grandparent or Holocaust survivor? Way too many in our midst include families who depend upon the resources of our newly expanded Food Pantry.
Our agency strives to meet the needs of those who have come to depend upon our counseling, outreach, educational and human services. But day after day,
throughout Greater New Haven, the list of those who need us grows longer. The statistics say it all: More than 31,000 children in Greater New Haven under age 18 are living below the federal poverty level. Their families are struggling to make ends meet without food, heat or electricity in their homes or clothes to keep them warm. Also at risk are community members who are dealing with depression, stress, sudden loss, broken families or unemployment.
Our newer programs, such as Food4Kids (in partnership with the Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven), have had enormous impact within a very short time frame. We are fortunately providing many more backpacks loaded with food/snacks to young children who are at risk of going hungry on weekends. Yet so much more can be done.
As we continue to launch new programs within our community, I am fully confident that our agency will work even harder to provide good, services and cheer to those who need it the most.
Foster families will gain a better understanding of trauma and neglect and how it relates to youth and their behaviors.
Youth will gain a better understanding of their history and how it applies to their current functioning.
In 2014, 14 youth successfully transitioned into an independent living situation.
Longevity of foster homes. Many of our families became approved as foster parents over 10 years ago and have become quite experienced and versed in caring for youth in need.
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