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THANK YOU to everyone who made a gift to our Spring campaign!

We have been moved not only by your generosity but by the thoughtfulness of your gifts made in tribute to your moms, women, and people who show their strengths in so many different ways.

Your support helps JFS continue to meet the needs of our clients and community in every season of their lives.
Read below for program updates, agency announcements, and what you can look forward to with JFS Delaware.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Fellowship Initiative

For the first time in our agency's history, Jewish Family Services of Delaware has secured one-time federal funding to support mental health needs in our state. JFS will be formalizing a Fellowship Initiative to grow the number of licensed therapists in Delaware through an intensive clinical training and preparation program for Masters-prepared, license-eligible professionals. 

JFS’ Mental Health Fellowship Initiative will build the profession to
  • meet Delaware’s increasing mental health needs
  • replenish a diminished mental health workforce
  • create opportunities for those wishing to work as fully licensed clinicians
  • increase the diversity of licensed professionals working in Delaware

“The past two years have required agility, creativity, and flexibility, and I am very proud of the work Jewish Family Services has done to meet the challenges of providing services throughout the pandemic. . . The funding for this Fellowship Program is an investment in Delaware’s long-term health and well-being. JFS is grateful for this opportunity to play such a vital role in ensuring a healthier future for Delaware.” — Regina Kerr Alonzo, Interim CEO

The Fellowship Program will officially launch in September, with an application process which will be outlined on our website under career opportunities.

Read the related press release and program descriptions HERE.
L to R: Senator Chris Coons, Wendell Covell (Director of Program Operations & Training), Sophie Marie Namugenyi (Chief Program Officer), Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Clint Walker (Board Chair), and Senator Tom Carper at the press conference hosted by Salvation Army on Monday, May 9th.
Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about mental health, fight stigma, and provide support. During this month and throughout the year, we are inspired to advocate for mental health and access to care for all people.

At JFS, we prioritize and advocate for equal access to high-quality support and resources, regardless of a person's background or circumstances.

JFS' Specialized Mental Health Services Include:

  • The Sonia Schorr Sloan Maternal Mental Health Program supports people experiencing perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression or pregnancy loss.

  • Our Youth Anxiety Program, which will continue over the summer as Camp Cope-A-Lot. The program helps youth ages 7-13 identify and reduce symptoms of anxiety, learn relaxation techniques, and more. The program also includes support and resources for parents.

  • Cancer Care Connection's Oncology Social Workers provide professional coaching, personalized information, and resource connections so people affected by cancer can navigate the full range of issues they face and obtain their best possible outcome.

  • Therapeutic counseling and psychiatry—for individuals of all ages, couples, and families—are main services provided by JFS' highly-trained and compassionate clinical team, including many areas of expertise.

Call JFS' confidential intake line (302-478-9411 ext. 306) to request services or learn more, or get started by completing our online intake form.
Soaking Up the Springtime Sun

Our COMPASS team recently invited clients and caregivers to get some light exercise and build community while walking around the J-Loop track outside our Wilmington office and the JCC. It was great to see caregivers and family members across generations spending time together on such a beautiful day. 

Supporting caregivers—including fostering community and connections—is an important and unique part of JFS' dementia care program.
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Blog & News
(click underlined links to read)

JFS celebrated our volunteers during Volunteer Month (April) and continues to do so all year long! Meet a few of our volunteers in this blog post.

Press Release: JFS to receive federal funds for Mental Health Fellowship.

JFS creates spaces for healing, growth, and connection beyond the walls of our offices. Read about the healing power of nature.

From geriatrician and COMPASS Medical Director, Dr. Maria D'Souza, here are some tips to prepare for travel with a loved one who has dementia.
Career Opportunities with JFS

We are looking for passionate, energized, and skilled professionals who share our goals and values and want to make a meaningful difference every day.
Why JFS?
  • Full range of benefits
  • Flexible hours & location
  • Growth Opportunities & CEU's
  • Commitment to DEI
JFS Memory Café
June 7th from 12:45-2:15PM
Hosted at the Siegel JCC, in partnership with Ivy Gables Senior Living.

Activities for individuals experiencing memory changes and their caregivers.
RSVP to memorycafe@jfsdelaware.org or 302-478-9411
Camp Cope-A-Lot
Session 1: July 11-22, 9AM-3PM
Session 2: August 8-19, 9AM-3PM

A continuation of our Youth Anxiety Program, this 2-week camp will help youth ages 7-13 identify and reduce symptoms of anxiety, learn and use relaxation techniques, build problem-solving skills, and more.

Contact JFS Intake to express interest and register: 302-478-9411 ext. 306
Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) is a nonprofit human services agency with a mission to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing counseling and support services. With an interdisciplinary and innovative approach, we combine talent, expertise, and leadership to make our robust therapeutic and support services available to everyone, regardless of religion, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or special need.
99 Passmore Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

20684 John J Williams Hwy, Suite 4
Lewes, DE 19958

(302) 478-9411