Making Connections
Your Monthly Update on Our Work and Impact
From Gail's Desk
August 29, 2022
Greetings!

So much of the impactful work we do at JF&CS doesn’t easily lend itself to a photograph: the one-on-one mental health coaching to help someone overcome an anxiety disorder, the hours on the phone with government officials to help a family receive food stamps, the work with a person with disabilities to improve their social skills, and more.

So, when we hold events that do lend themselves to a photograph, we want to share them! In this newsletter, we share nine photos that offer tastes of our impact and of the energy that our clients, volunteers, and staff bring to the work of addressing mental health and well-being, combating economic insecurity, and supporting people with disabilities. There is so much hard work and positive change happening!

In these waning days of summer, I hope that you enjoy these windows into our work. Thank you all for making them possible.
Gail Schulman
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. We’re hiring! Make a real impact in the community by working at JF&CS. Learn more about our openings at jfcsboston.org/careers
Making more room at the table
-
A volunteer bags groceries in the Family Table distribution space after completion of our major renovation. We doubled the amount of cold storage capacity and will now be able to provide groceries to dozens more families each month.
A seder to nourish body and soul
-
Volunteers came from all over Greater Boston, including from the Boston University Hillel, to help run a seder this spring for Chaverim Shel Shalom, our social group for Jewish adults with mental health challenges.
Sunflowers bring sunny days for Schechter Holocaust Services clients
-
-
In May, we sent out sunflower seeds in biodegradable containers to 250 Holocaust survivors who are clients of JF&CS Schechter Holocaust Services. After a few Zoom sessions with instructions for planting and care, our clients had their seeds planted and ready to grow, offering a point of connection and joy for our clients, many of whom have been especially isolated since the pandemic began.
Reunion in song
-
“Music brings us joy, and joy makes us strong” is the motto of the Tremble Clefs choir for people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. For the last two years, the pandemic has kept the group separate and rehearsing on Zoom. This May, they started coming back together for in-person rehearsals to enjoy the strong community they’ve built once more. The Tremble Clefs group helps people living with Parkinson’s by providing an important social outlet and leading vocal exercises that are good for the throat.
Passover meals delivery brings comfort and tradition to those in need
-
-
-
In April, JF&CS partnered with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Yachad New England, and Yad Chessed to mobilize 149 volunteers to deliver a Passover “seder in a box” to 905 households who wouldn’t otherwise be able to celebrate, providing 3000+ meals and a seder plate for every household.
A springtime soiree celebrating community resilience
-
-
In June, we recognized committed donors from three of our five JF&CS Leadership Giving Societies with a “garden party” (held indoors due to rain!). Attendees connected with each other, heard from JF&CS leaders, listened to a powerful discussion with a survivor of domestic abuse – and were thanked for their deep connection to our mission and impact.
Gann Academy plants a new garden with CHAI Works participants
-
-
JF&CS hosted Gann Academy students for two days of volunteering, including organizing food items, packing Shabbat candles, and unloading hundreds of loaves of challahs for clients of our Family Table food pantry. They also made cards for our Schechter Holocaust Services clients and planted a new outdoor vegetable garden with participants in our CHAI Works day program for people with disabilities. 
Help us find our next cohort of TeenSafe Peer Leaders!
-
-
Do you know any high school students who are excited about working to create a healthier, safer, and more just community, all while earning community service hours and building their leadership and communication skills? If so, please let them know about Journey to Safety’s TeenSafe program by sharing these links to the TeenSafe homepage and Peer Leader application! Teens of all genders and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
 
TeenSafe’s Peer Leaders first learn how to recognize controlling, manipulative and abusive behavior in dating relationships (it’s often not as obvious as most people think!) and what to do if they see, hear about or experience it. The students then run in-person and Zoom workshops, write blogs, create social media posts, make videos, represent TeenSafe at community events and more.

Click to watch the video above! It's one example of the work our Peer Leaders do year-round to let their peers know that love should be safe...and what to do when it's not.
The Ride for Food gets rolling
-
On October 2nd, the Family Table team will be walking and cycling in the 11th annual Ride for Food! This event is Family Table’s largest fundraiser of the year, allowing our food pantry to provide nutritious groceries to hundreds of families in need each month. Please support our team as we raise money for the families facing food insecurity in our community. You can join our team to walk or cycle, donate money to the team, or spread the word about this critical cause!
jfcsboston.org | 781-647-JFCS (5327)
Waltham Headquarters | Brighton | Canton | Central MA | North Shore