December 2019 Newsletter
Sprouts Grab 'N Give
Ends December 31, 2019
JFS Orlando is proud to be partnering with Sprouts Farmers Market in Winter Park to fight hunger in Central Florida! In addition to making regular food donations for the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, Sprouts is donating food to JFS through their annual Grab ‘N Give program.

Stop by Sprouts (1999 Aloma Ave)and purchase a pre-packed Grab 'N Give bag at a 10% discount. Sprouts will donate the bags directly to JFS to feed hungry families. Hurry before the program ends on December 31st!
Happy Chanukah!
December 22-30, 2019
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Best wishes to you from all of us at JFS Orlando during these eight days of joy and peace. 

May the Chanukah lights remind you to always increase in matters of goodness, to never be afraid to stand up for what’s right, and that a little light goes a long way!

We hope each lit candle casts a warmth and a glow over your home and heart this season. And may your household feel the blessings of God this Chanukah.

Chanukah Sameach!
GivingTuesday Final Results
December 3, 2019
Thank you again to everyone who donated to JFS Orlando on GivingTuesday! The results are in and thanks to you we raised...
$1,711 (the equivalent of feeding 34 families)!
In the News...
In case you missed it, JFS Orlando was featured in the recent Winter 2019 issue of JLife Magazine:
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The Power of Giving: Family Stabilization Program
Jennifer's Story
"I was in such a desperate situation. I came to JFS Orlando after a divorce and abusive relationship. I was at the end, going from hotel to hotel. I cried the entire time during my first meeting with my JFS caseworker, not able to speak, and feeling so alone and lost. It was there in that office that things in my world began to change.  

My caseworker explained very clearly what was going to be expected of me. She told me JFS would provide the tools, but that I will be helping myself. She was confident in me and never gave up, even when I couldn't see any good. She encouraged and pushed me back into reality. Yes, bad things have happened, but my daughter and I couldn't live in my car forever.

At a time in my life when I was brushing my teeth and washing my child in a gas station bathroom , not knowing if I was going to sleep in a bed or in the car that night, I had JFS. It is very easy to cop out and give up when no one sees who you are and no one cares. It's because of these beautiful people and this miracle from God that I am working, I have an apartment, and I kept my car. I am so very grateful.

Where would I be without JFS' help?

-Jennifer,
former JFS Family Stabilization Program client
At JFS Orlando, FAMILY is our middle name. We strive to care for our clients the same way they fight for their families.

Help us continue to serve local families looking for help by donating $50 to our end of year campaign.
Volunteer Spotlight:
The Gift of Time
Sandy Weiss

“I think it’s a privilege to work in the Pantry. One gentleman came, 20 or 22-years old. That day we had a lot of produce and it was all over-flowing. I opened up the door and his eyes widened. He said, ‘Wow...I haven’t eaten in three days.’"
Beyond the
Counseling Couch
5 Strategies for Handling Food over the Holidays
By Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW
– JFS Clinical Director 

As we head into the end-of-the-year holidays...remember, there are 93 meals in the month of December, so treating yourself to a social event surrounding food will not derail you in the way we think of during the holidays.
Grant Funder's Corner: Thank you!
Thank you to the following funder for supporting JFS Orlando in November:
• Ryan Foundation
Family Stabilization Program (Seminole County residents)
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