JFS Hosts 7th Children’s Clothing Closet Pop-Up Shop!

Earlier this week, we held our seventh pop-up clothing distribution at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham!  The JFS Children’s Clothing Closet hosts these pop-up events to provide a store-like shopping experience at a variety of locations across the city of Framingham, including Woodrow Wilson and Fuller Middle School. All members of the community are welcome.

This pop-up event was made possible by the volunteers who contributed their time to help with sorting, transportation, organization, set up and take down of the over 200 items that were donated from the community and JFS partner Delivering Good.  Lending a helping hand were Lorraine Mills-Curran and Raquel Riberti-Bill of ProGente Connections, JFS volunteers Deb and Noa Weinhaus, Andrea Sussman, and Julia Hamilton as well as JFS board members Jodi Bring and Peggy Barry.

We are incredibly grateful to have such dedicated and active volunteers who took the time out of their day to support a great cause!  We would also like to thank the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and staff for hosting and helping make these events possible!

We are always in need of donations of kids’ (K-5) clothing (gently-used and/or new) and volunteers, if you are interested in donating or volunteering, please contact either:

Anniey Michelson: JFS Program Specialist (508) 875-3100 x 440, amichelson@jfsmw.org

Danny Woodward: JFS Program Manager (508) 875-3100 x 450, dwoodward@jfsmw.org

To learn more, click the following links:

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Join Our Team of JFS Patient Navigators – Next Training: Monday, January 27, 2020

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Monday, January 27, 2020
Lunch and materials provided

Flyer-become a PN volunteer-quoteVolunteer in your free time and help frail older adults get the medical care and information they need to manage their heath, improve their quality of life and live independently in the community.

Volunteer as a JFS Patient Navigator:

  • Receive comprehensive, ongoing training and support
  • Gain experience navigating healthcare systems and working with older adults
  • Select appointments that fit your schedule
  • Get a Patient Navigator padfolio to organize communications
  • Join a team of highly trained volunteers who make a direct and positive impact in the lives of people every day

Learn How to:

  • Help older adults prepare for upcoming medical appointments, review
    concerns and frame questions
  • Serve as a companion to medical appointments and procedures
  • Facilitate communication between doctor and patient
  • Take notes during the visit
  • Assist in scheduling follow up care and picking up prescriptions

The Older Adults You Will be Helping:

  • Aged 60 to 100+ years old
  • Live in Framingham, Natick and surrounding communities
  • Able to enter and exit a car independently

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Monday, January 27, 2020
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham MA 01702

Call 508-875-3100 x 110 or
email patientnav@jfsmw.org today!

Download the flyer (PDF)

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JFS Elder Care – Is a Support Group Right for You?

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or struggle with emotions when you or a loved one has been diagnosed with serious illness or someone close to you has died. The experts and social workers of  Allies in Aging JFS Elder Care Solutions are here to help! In this article, elder expert Malka Young details the benefits and differences between certain types of support groups as well as local support groups that are being offered in the local Metrowest area.

Click here to learn more about support groups and find one that is the best fit for you!

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Patient Navigators Complete 3,000 Visits!

The Patient Navigator Program helps engage older adults and maintain their independence as they age.

JFS of Metrowest is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the support of our many donors and volunteers, this week the program completed its 3,000th appointment!

Piloted in 2012, demand for the program has grown steadily with 386 older adults enrolled in the Patient Navigator program.

Patient Navigators are trained volunteers that accompany adults aged 60+ to their medical appointments, preparing them for their visit, taking notes during the consultation, making sure that follow-up appointments are made, picking up prescriptions and returning them safely home, reducing the stress often associated with medical appointments.

Volunteers are vital to the success of the program and enable JFS to offer this important service at no cost to the client. The demand for Patient Navigators is increasing with an average of 15-20 appointment requests each week! Volunteers are needed — contact us today to learn how you can help older adults in our community get the healthcare that they need!

Follow the links below to learn more about the JFS Patient Navigator program:

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JFS of Metrowest’s COO, Lino Covarrubias, Recognized by Mass Bay Community College’s Veterans Student Association

Earlier this week JFS of Metrowest’s COO, Lino Covarrubias was recognized by the Veterans Student Association at Mass Bay Community College. He was honored for all the work JFS of Metrowest does to make veterans succeed in higher education. Truly inspiring, congratulations, Lino!

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Jewish Family Service of Metrowest announces Lino Covarrubias as new Chief Executive Officer

Lino CovarrubiasFramingham, MA – November 4, 2019 – Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) has announced that current JFS Chief Operations Officer Lino Covarrubias will officially succeed longtime leader Marc Jacobs as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2020.

“After a very strong and thoughtful succession planning process, the JFS Board of Directors voted in June to name Lino as Marc’s successor,” said Board President David Milowe. “With Lino taking the helm of JFS, JFS will go from strength to strength, will continue to enhance impact, never make excuses, and always move forward.”

Covarrubias, a former officer in the United States Navy and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, accepted the position of JFS COO in 2008 after completing over 20 years of active service in the U.S. Navy. Lino holds a MBA.

“I have always been impressed with JFS’ leadership both within its professional staff and its volunteer-based Board of Directors,” Covarrubias said. “When I was looking for the right place to focus my efforts after retiring from the Navy, JFS checked all the boxes. The organization’s services and programming within the MetroWest Community, the focus on the most vulnerable within our community in general, and the growing emphasis on supporting immigrants were all positive draws for me.”

As Covarrubias assumes the CEO role, Marc Jacobs, who has held the position since 1996, will move to a CEO-Emeritus, Leadership Advisor role, where plans call for him to serve through the middle of 2020.

In preparing for this transition, Covarrubias and Jacobs have worked together closely examining and analyzing the JFS organizational structure and have begun making organizational design improvements in an effort to continue and expand the role JFS plays in improving social, academic and health equity for all people within the MetroWest community. JFS has served over 5,000 people in the past year by utilizing its professional staff and hundreds of civic-minded volunteers.

In addition to announcing this change, JFS also announced a newly formed Executive Management Team to be comprised of Chief of Learning, Performance and Strategy Rosemarie Coelho, Senior Director of Operations and Revenue Programs Amanda Coughlin, and Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships Lucia Panichella. In addition, Josef Volman will succeed David Milowe as Board President in spring 2020.

Lino Covarrubias, Chief Operations Officer; Rosemarie Coelho, Chief Learning, Performance and Strategy Officer; David Milowe, Board President; Marc Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer; Amanda Coughlin, Senior Director, Operations and Revenue Programs; and Lucia Panichella, Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships

“With the leadership team we have in place, we intend to continue our focus on reducing poverty in the Jewish and general community, harness the power of an amazing and expanding group of volunteers, enable elders to remain safe and independent within the community, and provide safety, hope and opportunity for immigrants and refugees,” Covarrubias said. “Much of the progress JFS has made within these initiatives has been the result of great leadership by Marc Jacobs. We will accelerate the momentum Marc created and continue to provide positive impact for everyone in the MetroWest area.”

“Lino has already had a tremendous impact on JFS and the community at large during his time as COO,” said Jacobs. “I’m excited not only that the board saw fit to choose him as our new CEO, but also to see the new and exciting things that I know will result from his leadership.”

Charity Navigator, the largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities in the United States, recently gave JFS a perfect four-star rating with a 100 score, making it one of only 90 organizations out of almost 10,000 across the nation to receive a perfect score. The score is created by evaluating both a charitable organization’s financial health and its accountability and transparency.

About JFS of Metrowest
JFS is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, supporting vulnerable children and families, individuals, immigrants, and elders aging in place.

JFS provides the tools to meet life’s obstacles to stabilize during a crisis and optimally achieve self-sufficiency, strengthen lives, improve wellbeing, and build a stronger community. To learn more about JFS, visit https://www.jfsmw.org/ or click to view the 2018 Report to the Community.

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JFS of Metrowest
Amanda Coughlin
Senior Director, Operations and Revenue Programs
508-875-3100 x340

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Part-Time Job Opening: JFS Bilingual Program Specialist

Position Summary: PAGE and Wilson Family Assistance Assistant

This is a part time position. Work as part of a team serving the immigrant community in Metrowest, providing direct service and program support.  This role will focus specifically on advancing academic achievement and social skills for ELL elementary students in Framingham Public Schools and providing support and resources for their families. We are looking for someone who is fluent in Portuguese and has enthusiasm for working with immigrant children and families.

Pathways to Academic Growth and Enrichment (PAGE) is offered in partnership with the Framingham School Department and is housed on site at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School to respond to community needs from within.  Integral components of PAGE, All Stars and STEAM Academic are extended day programs for 3rd and 4th grade students that focus on academic enrichment, community mentorship, and socio-emotional skill building.  Wilson Family Assistance program works with parents of Wilson school students to address basic needs and alleviate daily stressors that create barriers to student success.


  • Provide tutoring support to ELL students in All Stars and STEAM Academy programs.
  • Communicate regularly with parents, students, volunteer mentors and other JFS staff
  • Work as a team to manage student behavior.
  • Assist with planning and coordination of volunteer training, orientation and ongoing supervision.
  • Assure safety and well-being of all students, volunteers and staff.
  • Assist Family Assistance Coordinator with tasks related to the ordering and distribution of food for the Weekend Nutrition Program, clothing/coat distributions, registering new families, and researching community resources for clients.

This position is an hourly position for up to 12 hours a week and will require being on-site at the Wilson School (Framingham) Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:05-5:30 for PAGE programs and additional hours (TBD) to assist with Wilson Family Assistance.  Submission of time sheets must be accurate and timely.

Strong Relational and Work Self-Management Skills:

  • Brings a positive attitude to the position
    • Is trustworthy and respectful to JFS clients, staff, volunteers and community partners
    • Demonstrates ability to work independently as well as in partnership
    • Has ability/willingness to take direction/supervision and follow instructions
    • Makes decisions thoughtfully, responsibly and with care
    • Is highly motivated
    • Performs tasks and duties efficiently and effectively

Content/Context Specific Competencies:                                                                                  

  • Bilingual English/Portuguese
  • Willingness/ability to learn relevant technology/data management platforms and systems

Experience & Education: Experience working with children; High-school diploma

Interested candidates should submit resumes and cover letters to Lucia Panichella, lpanichella@jfsmw.org

About JFS of Metrowest:

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind and provides services to over 5,000 people in need within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, including extended day academic support for low income children, nutrition and basic family assistance for struggling families, citizenship and immigrant programs and geriatric care management and other support services that enable frail older adults to live independently. JFS’ mission is to provide vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need.

Please view JFS Annual Report to get an overview.  https://www.jfsmw.org/PDF/2018-JFS-Report-Community-final.pdf

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