Jewish Family Services of WNC
2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801
www.jfswnc.org email@example.com 828.253.2900
“Uniquely Jewish is the obligation of the community through each and every one of its members to seek out those in need and draw them in close where we know they will gain strength.” (Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies)
To all of our JFS friends, February-March 2015
Thanks to the generosity of many donors and funders, Jewish Family Services of WNC continues to provide assistance to individuals and families in critical need of a helping hand. With your support JFS will continue to assist people as the only Jewish social service agency in Western North Carolina.
This year we are proud to highlight JFS Mental Health Counseling Services. For those who are struggling with depression, grief, or other mental health or relationship issues, now there is a welcoming place in the Jewish community, staffed by experienced and licensed mental health professionals, for accessible, confidential, and affordable counseling services. Our formal “2015 Friends of JFS” campaign ends on March 31st, so please make your generous pledge or donation now. Every contribution to JFS supports programs and services that help people! Please click this secure link to make your donation:
http://www.jfswnc.org/donations/ Or mail your check to: JFSWNC, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801
If you have already made a donation to our Friends of JFS, or if you have directed all or part of your 2015 WNC Jewish Federation pledge to JFS: WE THANK YOU!!!
With sincere gratitude from: Julian Biller, EdD, President Alison B. Gilreath, MSW, Executive Director
TO SEE JFS PHOTOS AND THE JFS YEAR IN REVIEW, CLICK HERE
Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF)
Applications Available March 1st - April 30th
The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) has applications available on line beginning March 1st to Jewish college students. Applications are for funding for the fall of 2015 through summer of 2016. Deadline for this submission cycle is from March 1st through April 30th, 2015.
JELF grants interest-free loans to Jewish students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for post-secondary study at accredited institutions. JELF's loans are "last dollar"- they supply the final funds that a student needs to attend school. These loans can be used for study at a college or university, graduate school or professional/vocational school that leads to a degree or certificate.
Jewish Family Services of WNC is the Local Administrator for JELF in Western North Carolina. For applications and more information, go to www.jelf.org .
JFS is Hiring!
ELDER CLUB PROGRAM ASSISTANT-Part-time
Facilitate a non-medical, structured social group program for older adults. Must have work experience assisting elders, some with dementia and physical challenges, in a group setting. Requires: strong organization and communication skills, activity planning, volunteer management. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree; knowledge of Jewish culture. 12hrs/wk: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-3pm, plus planning time.
LCSW MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR-Part-time
JFS seeks an additional Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): This individual provides therapy services at JFS to individuals, couples, families and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Very flexible hours; $35/hour. Required: Current NC licensure for Clinical Social Work, liability insurance, certified or eligible for certification with Medicare, BCBS-NC
Submit cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 all program days!
JFS offers volunteers an opportunity to assist in our rapidly growing Elder Club! 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 may be adding an additional program day to accommodate more older adults. 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 10:30am-2pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays, (or Wednesdays in the future), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Sliding scale fees based on income are available; please inquire about Medicare, BCBS-NC & other insurance billing.
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!
JFS Elder Club
ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS!
Location: 417 Biltmore Ave, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801
This is a great opportunity for older adults to find friendship, good kosher lunches, and stimulating activities in a safe, professionally faciliated program. Registration is now available for new Elder Club Members!
Volunteers are needed for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours for volunteering are 10:30 am- 2:00 pm. This is a fun and rewarding volunteer experience.
For information about enrolling in the Elder Club or about volunteering, 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.
Announcing JFS Spring Fest 2015!
Our first annual JFS Friends Fest (renamed Spring Fest)was a great success! Thanks to everyone who supported JFS by attending and having an enjoyable evening with us! Click here for photos!
Stay tuned for more information about this fun event!
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.
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 celebrated the one-year anniversary in the current location at Doctors Park!
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! 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 receives certification as a Living Wage Employer
We are proud to announce that JFS is now a member of the Living Wage Certification Program through Just Economics, a local organization that is home to the Asheville-Buncombe Living Wage Campaign. To learn more about Just Economics and the Living Wage program, go to www.JustEconomics.org
JFS Wants to Hear from YOU!!!
If you have received services or information from our staff or programs, please give us your confidential feedback and comments. If you have a suggestion for a program or service that we should consider offering, let us know as well. We want to hear from you! Click here to submit your comments online.
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 moved to new location in November 2013!
JFS celebrated the move with a festive Opening Celebration! To view photos of the event click here.
JFS celebrated the first anniversary in our new location at Doctors Park in November 2014!
TO SEE JFS PHOTOS, ( including pictures from our anniversary party), AND THE JFS YEAR IN REVIEW, CLICK HERE
Jewish Family Services of WNC
2 Doctors Park Suite E
Asheville, NC 28801
Friends of JFS
In 2014, JFS served over 250 individuals and family members.
While 75% of JFS clients are Jewish, our services are open to those of all faiths. Please join our Friends of JFS for 2015 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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