August 2020
We're Here to Help: COVID-19 Update
as of August 18, 2020
JFS Orlando continues to provide COVID-19 relief through its essential programs. As the pandemic continues, so do the needs of our community.

Need food assistance? Call 407-644-7593 to make a safe, food pick-up appointment from the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, M-Th 9am-4pm.

Don't forget to care for your mental health! Call 407-644-7671 to schedule a telehealth counseling appointment with one of our many therapists.

Struggling to make ends meet? Our Family Stabilization Program caseworkers advise and refer necessary resources to help individuals and families achieve stability. Call 407-644-7593 to apply for the program.

Need a ride to your medical appointments? The Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE) program arranges rides to medical appointments for seniors and disabled adults. Call 407-644-7593 to apply.

Need some spiritual guidance? Call 407-644-7593 ext. 233 to connect with Rabbi Siegel for end of life services, burials or memorials, or just counseling over the phone.

Thank you for your continued support!

High Holiday Hope Drive
September 1 - October 15, 2020
Coming soon....

For the safety of the people we serve and our staff, we cannot host our usual holiday food drive, but we are excited to introduce JFS Orlando's first-ever, virtual High Holiday Hope Drive!

Stay tuned for more details.
What will your legacy be?
JFS Orlando is part of the LIFE & LEGACY Program through TOP, created to promote after-lifetime giving to sustain valued organizations and vibrant Jewish communities for the next generation and beyond.

Legacy giving is for people of all ages and wealth status. Together, we are ensuring the Jewish future.

Please consider choosing JFS Orlando as one of your beneficiary agencies.

The Power of Giving: Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly Program (RIDE)
At JFS Orlando, one of the largest populations we serve is the low income senior community. Our Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry for food assistance, our Community Rabbi for spiritual guidance, and our mental health therapists for counseling in a variety of areas are utilized by our Central Florida Senior Community.
One specific JFS program dedicated to seniors and disabled adults is the Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly Program (RIDE).
Janice lives in senior living apartments and is on a tight budget. She doesn’t have a car anymore and was struggling to find reliable and affordable transportation to her doctor appointments. But one day, JFS Orlando's RIDE Coordinator visited her apartment complex to offer the program to residents. Janice was so grateful! She said, “It was a gift from God. It saved our lives.”
Through the RIDE Program, JFS provides round-trip rides to vital medical appointments for qualifying, low income seniors or disabled adults. This in turn increases independence, promotes well-being, and improves access to healthcare. Program participants are entitled to two free rides per month within a ten mile radius of their residence.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in RIDE, please contact us at 407-644-7593 ext. 249 or
(Please note: Due to high demand, the RIDE program tends to run on a waitlist. First-time riders should call at least three weeks before their medical appointment.)
RIDE and all the other free community programs at JFS would not be possible without your support!
Volunteer Spotlight:
The Gift of Time
Ross Pearlman

For Ross, grandson to David and Audrey Pearlman for whom the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry is named, supporting JFS Orlando is a family tradition. Born and raised in Orlando, Ross has always been involved at JFS....

Beyond the
Counseling Couch
The Loss That Isn't

By Dr. Eloise Stiglitz,
JFS Licensed Psychologist

COVID-19 has created a world in which we too often feel like we lack control....The freedom of movement that we so cherish in our society has been removed and we are left with an odd feeling of what is called ambiguous loss....

Grant Funder's Corner: Thank you!
Thank you to the following grant funders for supporting
JFS Orlando's programs in July:
• M&T Weiner Foundation
General Operating Support
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