JFS Family Education Programs
The following programs will take place at the JFS offices:
2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Ave.
To register for either of the following programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-2900 ext. 11. Registration is highly recommended due to limited seating.
“Medical Ethics Forum”
Wednesday, August 20th 5:30-7:00pm
“The Parental Toolbox”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:00-8:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Asheville Jewish Community Center
Both programs are free and open to the public.
JFS Friends Fest 2014—Wrapping Up!
Our first annual JFS Friends Fest was a great success due to the hard work of the volunteers who made it all possible!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, one and all !!!!!!!!
Bernie Shulimson, Committee Chair
Michelle Dorf, Auction Chair
June Dreznick, Judy Duncan, Carol Falender, Adele Gurevich, Richard Laibson
Additional Event Volunteers
Julian & Marti Biller, Eddy Dorf, Frank Gilreath, Margaret Kort, Jaime Lang
Amy Silverman, Jennifer Isaac Thomas, Michelle Tracz, Ann & Hal Wakcher
Bob Weinberg, Carol Wenom
If you would like to volunteer to help with planning for next year’s event, please email or give us a call!
A big thank you goes out once again to all of our JFS Friends Fest corporate sponsors, whose logos are on this page. Please say “thank you” to these businesses for their generosity, and think of them when looking for businesses to patronize.
JFS to Launch Mental Health Counseling Services
Beginning this summer, JFS will accept referrals and appointments for Mental Health Counseling Services, with sliding scale fees available based on income. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, MSW) will provide professional clinical services to individuals, couples and families for issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, relationships and family issues. Watch for more information about the start-up date of these much-needed services.
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
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!
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 will be launching a monthly MANNA Market at our JFS site, to be held on the last Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00pm. The Market will be 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.
Be a JFS Volunteer!
Volunteers are needed for the JFS Elder Club on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:30am-2pm. Lunch and fulfilling fun included! Contact Jennifer at 253-2900 ext 12 or email Jennifer@jfswnc.org
A volunteer is needed to help coordinate future Jewish holiday kosher meal deliveries to elders and others in need of this important community connection. Assist JFS social worker Jennifer to organize, plan and facilitate this program three times per year.
Volunteers are needed for our Friendly Visitor program!
JFS Elder Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00am-2:00pm
2 Doctors Park Suite E,, Asheville, NC 28801
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.
With recent increased enrollment in the Elder Club since our move to independent space, we are now making plans to expand from the current very full Tuesday & Thursday schedule. We will be adding Wednesdays in the coming months, and we are taking names for Wednesday enrollment, as well as for Tuesdays & Thursdays as space permits. To inquire about enrollment in the Elder Club, contact Jenny Gay, BSW, our Elder Club Coordinator: Jennifer@jfswnc.org or call 253-2900 ext. 12.
Transportation is arranged with Buncombe County and need-based scholarships may be available upon request.
Did you know?
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 Jennifer Gay, BSW, at email@example.com or call 253-2900ext.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.”
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 our agency and all of its programs have 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 recent 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.
Approximately 75% 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.