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We invite you to view our 2020 Annual Report, which highlights JFS Delaware's achievements and YOUR impact this year. Thank you for the trust and support you have given us to make all of this possible.
Last week, we had a small Annual Meeting to celebrate our resilience and accomplishments from this past year. We honored Norman Pernick for his leadership and superlative dedication as Board Chair (for a second time!) and welcomed Kim Drexler into the role.
We celebrated the 1 year anniversary of our merger with Cancer Care Connection and our joint efforts in supporting those affected by cancer in Delaware.

And we remembered and honored the life and bravery of mother, patient advocate, and beloved community member, Erica Wright, by awarding her the first annual Erica Wright Advocacy Award.
Thank you to our gracious hosts at the Delaware Center for Horticulture and to Home Appétit for catering.
More About the Erica Wright Advocacy Award
On May 7th, 2021, the North Wilmington community experienced a profound loss when Metastatic Breast Cancer took our brave, generous friend and fierce advocate, Erica Wright.

For those who attended our 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, you may remember our remarkable guest, Erica Wright. Erica courageously shared her extraordinary story of weaving work, motherhood, and advocacy into her everyday life after receiving her cancer diagnosis. Erica was instrumental and inspiring to all of us at JFS and Cancer Care Connection when merging our two organizations. In addition to her service as a brave and relentless patient advocate, she invited JFS into her life — gifting us the opportunity to serve her and her family when they needed us most.

The Erica Wright Advocacy Award will be granted annually to recognize a woman in Delaware who has demonstrated exceptional courage, resilience, and leadership, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. Together, JFS and Erica's family and friends will share the responsibility of reviewing nominations and selecting an award recipient each year. We are grateful to create this award to honor Erica's legacy and present the first Erica Wright Advocacy Award to Erica Wright, in loving memory. Erica put forth relentless effort and determination to spread awareness, fight for more research dollars spent specifically on Metastatic Breast Cancer, and create better outcomes for future Metastatic Breast Cancer patients, all while maintaining her own health, marriage, and motherhood.

We humbly presented this award to her husband, Joe Wright, and her daughter, Isobel Wright on June 17, 2021 with friends and family as witness.
Please join us in congratulating our CEO, Basha Silverman, for being named one of the Delaware Business Times' CEO of the Year Honorees! She was named alongside other for-profit and nonprofit leaders in organizations and businesses of all sizes.
Funding for Maternal Mental Health

JFS was recently awarded funding from the Fund for Women to support the development of a Maternal Mental Health program, which will provide evidence-based behavioral health care to women who experience peri- or post-natal depression and other related challenges. 

JFS believes all women should receive this life-changing treatment, regardless of their background or ability to pay.
Advocacy, Allyship, & Action at JFS:
In June of 2020, JFS Delaware officially formed an Equity Diversity & Inclusion Committee with a mission to prioritize social justice and dismantle systemic inequalities – internal and external to our agency – through advocacy, allyship, and action. This diverse group of staff members have provided thoughtful direction, feedback, and structure to our entire team to support one another, educate ourselves, and dismantle racist practices, policies, beliefs, language, and behavior; through ongoing dialogue, education, collaboration, and action, we carry out our goal to combat injustices in our offices and community. 

The committee has made consistent efforts to provide trainings, evaluate policies and practices, initiate discussions, and provide resources to promote understanding and allyship among our staff. Some of this past year's accomplishments include:
  • Hosted 12 Allyship Sessions with 6-17 participants in attendance each month.
  • Organized a group of staff members to attend different social justice community events & advocating sessions.
  • Offered 3 all-staff training sessions led by certified and licensed EDI Contractors; topics included microaggressions and cultural humility.  
  • Increased diversity among staff members to over 33% of staff identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). 
  • Held 42 committee meetings to discuss and plan opportunities for internal agency policies, staff trainings, and supports.  
  • Engaged in community partnerships including United Way's Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative.
  • Sent weekly EDI content & communications staff and board.
Read our recent blog post, 10 Tips for LGBTQIA+ Allyship, based on conversations and resources from the EDI committee during Pride month.

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Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) is a nonprofit human services agency with a mission to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing counseling and support services. With an interdisciplinary and innovative approach, we combine talent, expertise, and leadership to make our robust therapeutic and support services available to everyone, regardless of religion, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or special need.
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Wilmington, DE 19803

20684 John J Williams Hwy, Suite 4
Lewes, DE 19958

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