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JFS bids a very fond and grateful farewell to Jennifer Gay, BSW, and welcomes new social worker Ariella Fleet, MSW.
Jennifer Gay has provided dedicated professional social work case management support to hundreds of JFS clients over the past three years and it is difficult to say goodbye to her after she has been an integral part of the JFS program growth, including as coordinator of the Elder Club, which has doubled in enrollment in the past year! Jenny helped tremendously in our transition to new space in November 2013. But we are very pleased for her as she embarks on a new journey to obtain her Masters Degree in Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans. She has been a support to many individuals and will be missed, but we know she will go on to do great things!
Now we are pleased to welcome Ariella Fleet, MSW, to our JFS social work team. Ariella will continue to provide excellent professional social work services to our Jewish community and the greater WNC community. Please bear with us as we update our website and all of our literature to direct all social work inquiries to Ariella's contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Her phone remains the same: (828)253-2900 ext. 12
JFS MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING SERVICES
This program is made possible through generous grant support from: Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, and Perry N. Rudnick Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County.
JFS now offers Mental Health Counseling Services to children, adolescents and adults in a confidential setting. Services include individual, couples, family, and group therapy sessions. Issues addressed include depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, trauma, adjustment disorders, relationship problems, stress management, healthy aging, and LGBT support.
Debra Bell, MSW, LCSW, is the Mental Health Counselor for Jewish Family Services of WNC. She has over 20 years of professional clinical experience.
“Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss making an appointment for any issues you may wish to talk about.”
Debra Bell, MSW, LCSW, JFS Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(828)253-2900 ext. 13 email@example.com
Sliding scale fees based on income are available; please inquire about insurance billing.
JFS Living into Change-- new group forming
Living into Change is a psycho-educational group run by our JFS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Debra Bell, MSW, LCSW, who has 20 years of experience facilitating therapy groups. Change is the one constant experience that affords both loss and opportunity. Whether we are trying to cope with a new move, death of a loved one, loss of a relationship, job, pet, a child leaving home, or adjusting to a retirement life style.
CHANGE IS INEVITABLE! Moving through change with purpose, integrity, and confidence will be the goal of the group. Finding support with likeminded people and the professional guidance of a licensed counselor can be very helpful and exciting.
Facilitator: Debra Bell, MSW, LCSW, JFS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has 20 years of experience in group facilitation.
For information and/or to register for the JFS Living Into Change Group,
Contact Debra at (828)253-2900 ext. 13, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Festivities included a "Ribbon Cutting" from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, followed by very supportive remarks from Mayor Esther Manheimer. Executive Director Alison Gilreath and JFS Board Vice President Julian Biller did the formal ribbon cutting. Alison described JFS services, and honored the JFS Staff for their hard work and dedication.
A “Mezuzah Dedication” for JFS doorways included "teaching moments" by Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel and Rabbi Shaya Susskind of Chabad House. Rabbi Batsheva Meiri completed the ceremony with enthusiastic hammering to place the front door mezuzahs on the JFS "doorposts". Around 100 JFS supporters crowded inside out of the frigid temperatures and joined in for some singing with local Jewish musician Penny White.
Everyone stayed to shmooze and to nosh on some delicious refreshments provided by caterer Nancy Forester and lovely desserts provided by Elegantly Simple Retreats. Deborah Halpern, President of North Carolina Wine Gifts, poured a variety of local wines for our enjoyment! It was a great evening for all our friends who came in out of the cold to the warmth and care provided by JFS!
JFS Family Education Programs
JFS education programs take place at the JFS offices:
2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Ave.
To register for any program, email email@example.com or call 253-2900.
Are you a new parent looking for connections, support and fun with your baby? Let us know if you would be interested in a weekly, professionally supervised group meant just for you at JFS!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828)253-2900 and let us know what would be helpful and of interest to you!
Be a JFS Volunteer!
Contact email@example.com or call 253-2900 ext. 12 to learn more about volunteering at JFS!
Elder Club Volunteers Needed for new program day on Wednesdays!
JFS offers volunteers a new opportunity to assist in our rapidly growing Elder Club! Beginning in 2015, new volunteers are needed when we expand the program to include Wednesdays. Volunteers have a lot of fun while providing a wonderful service to Elder Club participants. Due to growing enrollment in the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we want to be able to accommodate more older adults by adding this additional third day. But we can only do that if we have enough volunteers to assist our staff. If you would like to help out in the Club from 11am-2pm on Wednesdays, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Did you know about JFS assistance from our Social Worker?
The JFS Social Worker can help with a wide range of needs including information & referral, as well as direct JFS assistance, for challenges related to mental health, financial, housing, food, transportation, and issues of aging. Contact Ariella Fleet, MSW, at email@example.com , or call 253-2900 ext.12.
We can help!
“(The JFS Social Worker) was really there for me and my family at a critical time, by setting up a lifeline for my elderly parents, finding drivers so my disabled brother and father could make it to see their doctors, and finding people to help them unpack. (It was) above and beyond what I expected. This is such a needed program for the community. (JFS) continues to be a source of support for us by providing me with accurate and up-to-date information about caregiver support programs and services available within this area. Without this help my parents might have ended up suffering in a nursing facility rather than staying in the comfort of their own home.”
JFS Elder Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00am-2:00pm
Now taking applications for Elder Club on Wednesdays!
2 Doctors Park Suite E,, Asheville, NC 28801
We are growing! Due to increased demand for enrollment on Tuesdays & Thursdays, we are planning to expand the Elder Club to three days a week! We will be adding Wednesdays as the new program day. If you or another older adult you know has been looking for a stimulating and enjoyable activity on Wednesdays, we are now taking applications for that day!
The Elder Club alleviates isolation and provides seniors with socializing time with their peers, lots of stimulating activities, and a freshly prepared kosher lunch. Family members benefit from more time for their personal needs knowing that their loved ones are in a safe, professionally supervised environment.
To inquire about enrollment in the Elder Club, contact Ariella Fleet, MSW, our Elder Club Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-2900 ext. 12.
Transportation is arranged with Buncombe County and need-based scholarships may be available upon request.
Manna Food Bank Welcomes
Jewish Family Services of WNC to their Partner Network.
Our JFS agency is very pleased to be accepted into the Partner Network of MANNA FOODBANK! This will allow our agency to purchase at minimal cost a vastly increased amount and variety of food pantry items to offer our clients. In addition, with encouragement from the MANNA staff, we have launched the following food pantry program:
JFS Monthly MANNA Market at our JFS site!
4th Tuesday of each month, 5:00-6:30pm*
Watch for possible new time in the near future!
The Market is open to the public, and this day and time is especially critical to individuals who are working and cannot visit pantries during the work day, and to those who depend on food stamps to supplement their family’s grocery budget but who often find that their food stamps run out before the end of the month.
Sharsheret Offers Breast Cancer Survivorship Kits
Breast Cancer survivorship can trigger concerns related to a woman’s physical, psychological, social, sexual, economic and spiritual well-being. Concerns, much like a cancer diagnosis itself, are unique to each individual and can change as her journey continues. Sharsheret’s Survivorship Program, THRIVING AGAIN, offers free tailored resources that can help manage these concerns or any other survivorship uncertainties.
To learn more about this kit please click here.
JFS Grant Announcements
JFS is VERY GRATEFUL for recent major funding awards from the following funders:
WNC Jewish Federation: $38,000
JFS general agency support
BJH Foundation for Senior Services: $35,000
$25,000-JFS Case Management; $10,000-JFS Elder Club
Sisters of Mercy Foundation: $33,000
JFS Mental Health Counseling
Perry N. Rudnick Fund of the
Community Foundation of Henderson County: $15,000 JFS Mental Health Counseling
Buncombe Country Aging Services $14,010
JFS Elder Club scholarships
Anonymous Grant Funder* $ 3,686
JFS Kosher Kitchen-commercial dishwasher
*facilitated by the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies
Announcing JFS Friends Fest 2015!
Our first annual JFS Friends Fest was a great success! Thanks to everyone who supported JFS by attending and having an enjoyable evening with us! Click here for photos!
Please save the date for our JFS Friends Fest 2015: Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:00pm at The Mill Room.
Assist. Educate. Empower.
Mission: Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina strengthens the community by empowering individuals and families through programs and services guided by Jewish values.
Vision: A community in which individuals and families
have the resources to reach their full potential.
Corporate Partnerships with JFS
Corporate partners are needed to support the Jewish Family Services of WNC. For more information on how your business can become a JFS partner, please click here.
Jewish Family Services of WNC
2 Doctors Park Suite E
Asheville, NC 28801
JFS has Moved!
Jewish Family Services of WNC is pleased to announce that as of November 2013, our agency and all of its programs moved out of the JCC building to a new location at Doctors Park on Biltmore Avenue. This is an exciting and momentous time for JFS, and we thank everyone who contributed in any way to helping us reach this great milestone in our agency’s development. We are deeply grateful to the JCC for housing and incubating JFS through all these years, and to the JCC Board and Staff for supporting our efforts to find our own home! Click here for a list of relocation donors.
JFS celebrated the move with a festive Opening Celebration! To view photos of the event click here.
Jewish Family Services of WNC
2 Doctors Park Suite E
Asheville, NC 28801
Friends of JFS
In 2013, JFS served over 250 individuals and family members.
While more than 70% of JFS clients are Jewish, our services are open to those of all faiths. Please join our Friends of JFS for 2014 now so that we can continue to help our community’s most vulnerable neighbors, friends, and families.
To become a Friend of JFS click here.
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