Accelerating Social, Academic and Health Equity
in Our Community
The Monthly Report
Distributions of food, personal care items, and academic supplies are just a few of the ways
JFS is helping struggling community members cope with the devastation caused by the pandemic.
Dear Friends,

As we prepare for the upcoming winter holiday season, I am so grateful for the many ways members of our community have come together both with their time as well as resources to help individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.

This month’s newsletter has links to many stories of caring - the story of carts being distributed to mothers so they can carry home food from our weekly meal distribution, the story of generous contributors who are celebrating Hanukkah with a donation of gift cards to help families put food on the table, the story of a local business that is partnering with JFS to provide clothes to children in need, to name a few. 

These stories inspire me every day and remind me that even as the darkness of the winter season descends upon us, light and hope shine brightly through the generosity of our many volunteers and donors, and their dedication to JFS' mission.

As you begin your holiday preparations, I hope these stories of giving back will move you to join JFS as we work to bring light and hope to the many individuals and families that need our assistance.  

Give a gift or volunteer your time - there are many ways you can get involved. 

Thank you for working with JFS to make a difference in our community, and best wishes to you and your loved ones for a healthy and happy holiday season.

Lino Covarrubias, CEO
Photos: Sheldon Golder
Annual Thanksgiving Meal Distribution Event Reconfigured!
Abundant and grateful thanks to our community partner Daniel's Table and to the 50+ participants who helped distribute meals to over 630 individuals and 150 families in need last week!
JFS Supports Our Veterans
Cookies for Clothes - Helping Kids Stay Warm this Winter
It’s Ugly Sweater season! Not going to a party but still want to be festive?

Order a dozen ugly sweater cookies from Amy's Sweet Solutions and a new sweater will be donated to the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet. The cookies also make the perfect gift for a friend/teacher/neighbor.

Helping Our Neighbors in Need
Thank you to our many community partners for their help and support!
Congratulations to JFS Partner, Friend and Client Rabbi Danny Burkemen on becoming a United States Citizen!
Are You Worried about an Aging Loved One?
JFS Allies in Aging provides comprehensive Geriatric Care Management services to older adults in the Metrowest area. Our team of experts can help with housing placements, safety assessments, discharge planning, at-home services, coordinating medical care and appointments, family decision-making, caregiver support and more.
Are you a Jewish professional living in Metrowest?
Are you in your mid to late career?
Have you lost your job or had your hours cut?
You may be eligible to participate in the Ready for Success employment support program. Developed by JFS and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and funded by CJP, this program is designed for active job seekers who have a clear career direction but need some help with job search activities and landing a job. Learn more.
In honor of Hanukkah, Ronna and Scott Cohen made a generous donation to the Lucy and Joe Press Food Pantry to help clients in need. Learn how your gift to JFS has immediate and meaningful impact in the lives of those who need help the most.
Join Our Team of Caring, Dedicated Patient Navigators
Be a second set of eyes and ears to an older adult during medical appointments so they can maximize safety, health and wellbeing as they navigate the challenges that come with aging.
Michael Matatia
Volunteer since November 2019

Languages: English, "light high school French barely used except when I venture to Quebec", and reads Hebrew

Michael been very active in the Patient Navigator program, but he has worn many volunteer hats with JFS! Since joining the program in November of 2019, Michael has accompanied clients to 19 appointments - 15 pre-pandemic and 4 during COVID-19. One of his first appointments was with a client who was awaiting a Warm Connector volunteer, and Michael volunteered to become that client's Warm Connector. This April, Michael joined some JFS staff and packed personal care items that were given to members of our community during our Woodrow Wilson Elementary School distributions. In September, Michael was one of the volunteer drivers who delivered special Rosh Hashanah meals to people's homes.

We are grateful for the many ways in which Michael has stepped forward to help those in need. Thank you, Michael!
Why do you believe the work you are doing at JFS is important?

"JFS is an integral part of the community and elder services from the Patient Navigator program to meals and other support services. For someone looking to give back it is the perfect organization to both help local elderly and people in need. Supporting this organization with time and donations helps your neighbors, which in Judaism is a great mitzvah and an act of kindness. I appreciate JFS for its leadership that gives me the opportunity to help."
Maryann Cardani, LICSW
Manager, Family Assistance Network and Healthy Aging

With JFS since September 1998

“My work in the Family Assistance Network program feels intimately tied to my values as a social worker and the mission of JFS – helping vulnerable populations to experience real, tangible support and compassion as we promote social, financial and health equity. We are privileged to be able to make a real difference on a daily basis for clients with a huge range of needs. Never has this work felt more necessary, or more important than it does in the current time period we are living in.”
Thank you to Michael, Maryann and all who are partnering with JFS to accelerate social, academic and health equity in our community.

Your help is needed - get involved today!
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