Message from Our President
Jewish Family Services continues to serve our community as we make improvements in our current programming along with the creation of new programs in 2019. Our established services include individual counseling, in-home Passport counseling, home delivered meals through Area Agency on Aging for eligible individuals, “Our Gang” events, a service coordinator at Heritage Apartments, an adult protective services program, an outreach worker, delivering Jewish holiday gift baskets to those in need, providing quality care to residents at Heritage Manor through our social worker, financial assistance to those in need, and more. We broadened our scope of services through new collaboration. A recent example of this is JFS partnering with the Jewish Community Center to offer a monthly support group to caregivers and individuals with Parkinson’s Disease through the Delay the Disease program. This program is sponsored by the Thomases Family Endowment Fund and Mercy Health. Also, JFS will explore new collaborations with Youngstown State University’s Gerontology Department, expanding counseling services to individuals and families who are on Medicaid through a local community mental health agency called Homes For Kids, and potentially entering into the “Network of Caring” with the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Over the recent winter months JFS and Akiva Academy held our initial Winter Clothing Drive for children in need attending Youngstown City Schools. We look forward to continuing our current partnerships and the creation of new ones as we readily adapt to our community needs. Our mission at JFS, along with our staff’s desire, is to assist both the Jewish and greater community in all aspects of their lives. As we continue to broaden services, and as our strategic planning process evolves at JFS, our staff remains compassionate and dedicated to all those we serve.
Mark Rubin, president of Human Services Board