January 2019 Newsletter
Volunteers Needed
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Make a New Year's resolution to do good i n 2019! Studies show volunteering improves depression, confidence, and socialization. It is a resolution for both self-improvement and helping the greater good.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of JFS Orlando. Different opportunities are available, including working in our Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, community outreach, and office assistance.

To sign up, contact Cherryl Faye, Volunteer Coordinator, at
407-644-7593 ext. 239 or Volunteers@JFSorlando.org .
JFS Orlando is a Four-Star Charity
Have you heard? We received 4 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator! That means we've taken steps to be accountable, transparent, and financially healthy.

Charity Navigator helps charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health, accountability, and transparency of America’s largest charities.

Coffee Connections
January 31, 2019
Join us for our first Coffee Connections of the year! Enjoy a coffee, light breakfast, and tour of our center to learn about the positive impact of our various programs on the community.
The Power of Giving: Grief Support Groups
JFS Orlando and The Jewish Pavilion, in cooperation with Hospice of the Comforter and VITAS, provide year-round Grief Support Groups to the Jewish community.

Exploring bereavement through a Jewish lens, these groups are offered to anyone in the Jewish community who is grieving the loss of a loved one. In order to accommodate as many individual’s needs as possible, the support groups are offered at different times of day and in different locations around the Orlando area. All of these groups are offered from a Jewish perspective.

The JFS Orlando groups are led by a mental health professional from Hospice of the Comforter and a JFS Orlando licensed psychologist, with Rabbinical involvement. The Jewish Pavilion groups are led by Rabbi Maurice Kaprow, chaplain for VITAS Healthcare.

This year's first group is being offered by JFS Orlando and begins on Thursday, January 24th at 12:30 PM and will run for six consecutive Thursdays, with the last day being Thursday, February 28th.

It will be held at Loundes Law Firm, 215 North Eola Drive in Orlando. Please RSVP to Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, JFS Clinical Therapist Supervisor at 407-644-7593 ext. 247 or Ashlyn.Douglass-Barnes@JFSorlando.org .
Help us continue our Grief Support Groups by making an
online donation today!
Donation Wishlist: Walmart and Wawa Gift Cards
Although JFS Orlando helps families and individuals living paycheck to paycheck with emergency food and rent/utility bill assistance, there are still many essential needs that we cannot provide. Gas is vital for clients to get to work, job interviews, and even to program workshops right here at JFS. In addition, many essential toiletries are not covered by food stamps and our pantry only has a limited variety of items.
By donating Walmart or Wawa gift cards, you're helping families with essential needs, like gas and toiletries.
Donations can be dropped off at the JFS Orlando reception desk.
Thank you for your donation!
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Grant Funder's Corner: Thank You!
Thank you to the following funders for supporting JFS Orlando with these end-of-year grants:
Joe and Sarah Galloway Foundation
$5,000 for the Family Stabilization Program (FSP)

Rita and Ned Feldman Family Fund
$500 for general operating expenses
VNA Foundation
$10,000 for the Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE) program

William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
$5,000 for the Family Stabilization Program (FSP)
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