JFS offers Mental Health Counseling Services in a confidential setting. Services include individual, couples and family therapy provided by a staff of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Issues addressed include depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, trauma, adjustment disorders, relationships, stress management, healthy aging, and LGBT support. JFS Mental Health Services are provided as part of an integrated model of practice which includes mental health, case management and access to direct assistance. Collaboration and referrals to other community healthcare professionals are made when appropriate.
The JFS Social Worker provides person-centered assessments, goal planning, and guided access to resources. JFS is the “social service home” for our clients, where a coordinated approach to providing direct services as well as identifying community and governmental resources supports the client’s effort to make progress to their goals.
Older adults avoid isolation, enjoy peer companionship, and participate in stimulating discussions and activities including art, music and exercise. Family caregivers have peace of mind and enjoy time for personal activities and self care. Individuals with mild to moderate dementia and those with physical disabilities are welcome in the program. Nutritious kosher lunches are prepared and served onsite.
Door-to-door transportation is provided by local senior transit services; need-based scholarships are available upon request.
Jewish Community Chaplaincy Services
The JFS Chaplain, in collaboration with Case Management services, provides pastoral counseling, hospital, hospice and long term care patient visits, and spiritual support to individuals and families in times of illness, end-of-life, and other stressful situations. Funding is currently being sought for expansion of services to include community education, hospital and long term care facility programs, and volunteer training to increase patient visit capacity.
Food Pantry and emergency assistance
JFS maintains a food pantry with a wide variety of nutritious items for any individual or family needing temporary assistance. JFS is a Partner Agency with the MANNA Food Bank. We also have Ingles gift cards for groceries and gas, as well as Asheville City Transit bus tickets. The JFS food pantry is the only food pantry in Western North Carolina that includes kosher items.
Additionally, JFS applies for and administers emergency funds from the WNC Jewish Federation Keren Ami Fund, which is dedicated to providing assistance to Jewish individuals and families with temporary needs for rent, utilities and other financial emergencies and crisis situations.
Holiday Kosher Meal Deliveries, friendly visitors and family consultation on retirement, long term care options, and other aging issues.
JFS is the Local Administrator for the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF), based in Atlanta, for interest-free loans to qualified Jewish college student
Outreach and community service
Identifying needs and assisting underserved Jewish communities throughout Western North Carolina
Visiting and assisting older adults and other isolated individuals; serving on the JFS Board or committees; assisting with fundraising and other agency events.