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JFS Delaware remains committed to meeting community needs and HELPING YOU THRIVE! Check out what has been keeping us busy and what exciting activities are coming up this month. Don't miss a thing!
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JFS Delaware is returning to in-office service delivery, in coordination with staff and in consideration of safety guidelines.
Check out our COVID Updates page for more details.

Care Navigation: Personalized Aging Support for Older Adults
JFS Delaware's Care Managers help older adults maintain their independence and age with dignity. We provide access to compassionate, professional, and personalized services to enhance quality of life of older adults and provide loved ones peace of mind.
Care Navigation services include:
  • Assessment & Care Planning
  • Personalized Care Management
  • JFS On-the-Go (Transportation)
  • Additional Benefits & Resources
Read how to build a relationship with a home care agency, written by Certified Senior Advisor and Director/Owner of Griswold Home Care, Anne Eidschun.
Volunteers Needed!
Volunteer support is critical to creating a caring, friendly community of support for older adults. JFS is currently in need of volunteers to provide safe transportation to older adult clients. This support is especially useful during winter months!

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Griffith, at egriff@jfsdelaware.org
Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE):
Thank you to everyone who has supported refugee families before and after their arrival in Delaware. Your support is absolutely critical to ensure their safe arrival and successful integration into their new homes and our community.

Single Gentleman from Vietnam (arrived June 17th)
  • Reunited with his brother, who has lived in the U.S. for the past 20 years; they now live and work together.
Family of 3 from Rwanda (arrived August 18th)
  • Married couple & older mother
  • All 3 members of the family have obtained employment!
Family of 5 from Sudan (arrived September 20th)
  • Couple with one son (age 13) and two daughters (ages 10 & 7)
  • The family is acclimating well and the children have enjoyed visits to the library while they are waiting to be enrolled in school.
Family of 4 from Sudan (arrived September 28th)
  • Couple with One son (age 10) and one daughter (age 8)
  • The family recently secured permanent housing and had a successful move-in.
Family of 5 from Sudan (expected to arrive October 26th)
  • Couple with 3 sons (ages 10, 7, & 5) travelling from Jordan
  • Both parents have some college education; the father shows good English skills

Learn more about RISE at www.jfsdelaware.org/refugees
Afghan Updates
JFS Delaware is currently assigned 4 Afghan families (a total of 6 adults and 7 children) and we are eagerly anticipating their arrival before the end of this year. We are grateful for the outpouring of support around these families and RISE to warmly and safely welcome them into our country and community.
Looking for more ways to support RISE and incoming families?

Join JFS at Pizzeria Maki on Tuesday, October 19th from 10:30am-9pm!
Mention JFS Delaware with any dine-in, take-out, or delivery order and 15% of sales will support RISE. (More details below)
Thanks to our Local Partners!
We are grateful for the support, services, and opportunities provided to our refugee families by local doctors, dentists, lawyers, landlords, employers, and other generous professionals, organizations, businesses, and congregations.
One of our newly arrived families received backpacks and school supplies after a well-visit with a local healthcare provider.
Current Needs:
Personal and professional connections can make a huge difference for the families we are resettling and supporting. Partnerships with landlords, employers, healthcare providers, and other professionals open to supporting refugees are consistently needed and always appreciated. If you or someone you know would like to partner with JFS RISE, please contact Director of Family Support Services, Cyndi Germack, at cgermack@jfsdelaware.org
Cancer Care Connection (an affiliate of JFS)
Helping those affected by cancer achieve their best possible outcome is Cancer Care Connection's top priority. Their Oncology Social Workers have always been a source of information and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. Now, Cancer Care Connection is excited to provide access to an online platform designed to reduce distress and enhance mental wellness.
CanSurround, a 24/7 web-based portal, is now an integral part of the resources Cancer Care Connection provides. The platform was developed by oncology nurses and social workers to address the mental and emotional wellness of cancer patients that is often overlooked.
Interactive features include…
  • Checklists and trackers
  • Thought Inquiry (based on The Work of Byron Katie)
  • A multi-media journal
  • Mind-body relaxation exercises
  • Educational & inspirational resources
  • Social support
For more information and to gain access to the digital platform, talk with one of Cancer Care Connection’s Oncology Social Workers. Call 302-266-8050.
Join Our Team!
Licensed Clinical Social Workers
Position Type: In-Person and/or Telehealth
Salary: Depends on Experience
Why JFS: Clinical Supervision, PTO & benefits, growth opportunities and CEU's, flexibility, & more!

We are looking for passionate, energized, and skilled professionals who share our goals and want to make a meaningful difference.

Read More & Apply:
Welcome to...
Angelica Montalvo Santiago, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Montalvo is fully bilingual (English & Spanish) and her work with JFS includes leading a new program addressing youth anxiety.
Wendell Covell, LCSW
Director of Program Operations & Training

Read Wendell's recent blog post, Being the Change, about training the next generation of Social Workers...our interns!
Support JFS Delaware at Pizzeria Maki
Tuesday October 19th from 10:30AM-9PM
Pizzeria Maki (Dine-in, take out, or delivery)

Support JFS Delaware and our Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE)! Mention JFS Delaware with any dine-in, take-out, or deliver order and 15% of sales from the day will support the RISE program. Order lunch and/or dinner for yourself, your office, your friends and family! JFS Delaware is the only refugee resettlement agency in the state; your support can ensure their safe arrival and successful integration into their new homes in our community.
JFS Memory Café 
Tuesday October 19th from 12:45-2:15PM
Location: Siegel JCC (101 Garden of Eden Rd)

JFS Delaware is resuming their Memory Café, which provides a safe, supportive space for individuals experiencing memory changes and their caregivers to enjoy engaging activities. Participants can connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges through planned activities that stimulate creativity and connection, prompt socialization and support and provide resources and information. Caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend and participate.

Join us every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
This program is offered in partnership with Ivy Gables Senior Living.

RSVP to Amie Baker at memorycafe@jfsdelaware.org or 302-478-9411
5th Wellness Summit (Virtual)
Thursday, October 21 at 7PM

The conversation around mental wellness and resilience needs to continue. We are looking forward to hosting the 5th Wellness Summit virtually with keynote speaker and resilience expert, Dr. G.

Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Dr. G” works with groups across multiple generations to rewire their attitudes and beliefs toward a common objective and create resilience through personal accountability and a completely different approach to adversity.

Women's Health, Caregiving, & Alzheimer's Tuesday, October 26th from 6-7:30PM

JFS Delaware is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter and other organizations to provide an informative, virtual program to learn from experts about Dementia, intergenerational relationships and the impact of Alzheimer's on the family, along with stories and tips from local caregivers.

Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer's crisis. It's critical that we work together to educate each other about the disproportionate impact of this disease on women and recognize the strength of women as a force to address and create change

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