Share the Light of Hanukkah with a Lonely Elder!


Share the Light of Hanukkah with a Lonely Elder!


girlandelderJFS of Metrowest invites you and your family to visit an isolated elder this Hanukkah and share the joy of the holidays through the Kesher-Y.O.U. (Connecting Young and Old United) program, funded by CJP’s Metrowest Jewish Community Fund.

The Kesher-Y.O.U. program helps young children learn the importance. It promotes the importance of tzedakah the act of charitable giving, gemilut hasadim acts of kindness and mitzvah the Jewish  commandment to do good.

JFS works with many Jewish seniors in our community. Some of these seniors are alone. Their families may live far away. They welcome the opportunity to connect with you and your family when visit them to share Hanukkah and bring a special gift to them.

kidswithbagsYou will have the opportunity to sign up for other holidays later in the year, as well. Four sessions are planned between December 2018 and April 2019 and families may choose to participate in any session.

Each session will consist of:

  • A 45-minute holiday–themed orientation that includes an child friendly activity while parents will be given information about the elder, structuring the visit, and will receive a special book to share with your child, “My First Friendly Visiting Book”. Families will also prepare a gift bag for the elder.
  • A transition time while you drive to your assigned elder’s home to talk about the visit with your child, and share with them the importance of gemilut hasadim (special acts of kindness).
  • Families will give the gift bag you prepared and share the traditions of the holiday. Visits are expected to last about 1/2 an hour.

mitzvahday_1b-croppedThis program incorporates Jewish values, spending quality time together as a family and making a difference in a lonely elder’s life.

The first session will celebrate Hanukkah and is scheduled for Sunday, December 9, 2018.

The program will begin at 1:30pm at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

Other sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • January 27, 2019, Tu B’Shevat
  • March 24, 2019, Purim
  • April 7, 2019, Passover

Contact Abrielle Salloway, LCSW,
Warm Connectors Program Coordinator 508-875-3100 x360
or Patricia Murphy 508-875-3100 x210

Interested? Register online at:


Download Flyer (PDF)


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Join Our Team of JFS Patient Navigators – Next Training: December 12, 2018

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Wednesday December 12, 2018
Lunch and materials provided

Flyer-become a PN volunteer-quoteVolunteer in your free time and help frail elders 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 Patient Navigator:

  • Receive comprehensive, ongoing training and support
  • Gain experience navigating healthcare systems and working with elders
  • 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 elders 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 Elders 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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Wednesday December 12, 2018
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham MA 01702

Call 508-875-3100 x 110 or
email today!

Download the flyer (PDF)

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Collaboration Leads to Winter Coats for All at Brophy Elementary

Every child at Framingham’s Brophy Elementary School received a brand new winter coat this past Monday.

Throughout the day, classes were called to the gymnasium where volunteers helped students; from Kindergarten to fifth grade, choose coats of their very own. Students stretched their arms to the sky and hugged themselves to make sure the coats fit properly. More than 400 coats were given away to Brophy students by Monday afternoon.

This initiative was collaborated, supported, and directed by a combination of partnerships including JFS of Metrowest, the national nonprofit, Operation Warm, TJX Company, and Framingham Public Schools (FPS).

Facilitated by this collaboration of partners, Brophy became the most recent setting for Operation Warm’s “More Than A Coat” program, advocated for by Lino Covarrubias, our Chief Operating Officer at JFS. Operation Warm has been creating and distributing high-quality coats for children in need, no questions asked, for 20 years. Since 1998, they’ve given nearly 3 million coats to children around the country.

JFS of Metrowest’s partnership with Operation Warm is directly linked to the expansion of our Children’s Clothing Closet project. Our friends at TJX were Operation Warm funders and volunteers at this event. All of these collaborators, including the Framingham Public School system with Superintendent Robert Tremblay, act as key partners in accelerating approaches and programs that work to improve equity among low-income students in our community, many of whom come from immigrant families.

This event is one example of the very concrete ways that Jewish Family Service of Metrowest is promoting social, economic, and educational equity within our community.

The gift of a new coat or new clothing promotes confidence that used or hand-me-down clothes do not. Brophy students were able to choose their favorite colors and styles of coats, enabling them to feel proud and worthy.

JFS staff, donors, and volunteers are proud to be a part of this initiative, it is a perfect example of what JFS strives to be; staff driven, volunteer powered, and community invested.

To read more about this event and the JFS Clothing Closet Project, visit the following links: 




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Expanding Impacts through Support from CJP

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“One of the beautiful things about the world in which we live is the diversity and
the range of ways people can connect and find meaning and purpose.”

— Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP

JFS of Metrowest is proud to share CJP’s 2018 Annual Campaign Video which highlights some of the ways CJP is working with partner agencies like JFS to broaden impacts and build a better future for families in Greater Boston and around the world.

In the first segment, “Connecting through Caring” (with footage shot by Jim Floyd, ThelmaWorld), hear the story of Rebecca who came to JFS when she and her daughters were in crisis.  Through support from CJP’s Anti-Poverty Initiative, JFS Family Assistance case managers provided a number of different services – from food and clothing to benefits and employment support – that moved Rebecca’s family from crisis to stability and gave them hope for the future.

In the segment titled “Connecting through Action”, JFS COO Lino Covarrubias joins CJP’s FACES (Fund to Aid Children and End Separation) mission trip to San Antonio where volunteers put Tikkun Olam into action.

JFS couldn’t be prouder of the impacts achieved through support
from CJP, 
a partnership that continues to grow and strengthen.
It is our work together that makes a bigger difference.

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Julies Z Breads Selects JFS of Metrowest for their August WAITT giving calendar!


Many thanks to Julie’s Z Breads for their support of
JFS of Metrowest Eldercare Solutions through WAITT!

Posted in Elder Care Management, Elder Services, Healthy Aging, We are JFS!

7th Annual Build-A-Backpack Event a Huge Success!

This past week JFS celebrated our 7th annual Build-A-Backpack event at the Framingham and Wellesley Public libraries.

Over the course of two days, we packed over 425 backpacks, our largest number to date! These backpacks were fully packed with brand new school supplies, giving over 425 underserved elementary-aged students the tools and materials they need to start their school year off right.

Framingham Public Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Robert Tremblay (left) and Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement, Joseph Corazzini (right) packing backpacks at the Framingham Public Library on Monday 8/27. 

2018 SponsorsThese backpacks will go to those students in need in Framingham and throughout the Metrowest community, including students at both Woodrow Wilson and Brophy Elementary Schools.

A HUGE thank you to all those who attended and supported the 2018 JFS Build-A-Backpack event! This event would not be possible without the support of our volunteers, donors, and supporters, thank you for all that you do!

Visit us on Facebook to see more pictures or click to learn more about Build-a-Backpack

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The Framingham Flyers high school hockey team were an enormous help on Monday!

About JFS of Metrowest

JFS is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind and provides services to over 5,000 people in need within the Metrowest region each year, including afterschool tutoring for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for low-income families, refugee resettlement case management, citizenship assistance, and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently.  To learn more about JFS, visit our website at or like us on Facebook!

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Meet the Staff: Maggie Kenney

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Meet Maggie Kenney, the most recent addition to the JFS of Metrowest team! Maggie has just completed an AmeriCorps service year with JFS as part of the New American Integration Program (NAIP). As an AmeriCorps member at JFS Maggie served in several program areas, dedicating her time and energy to citizenship and resettlement services, ESOL, and Reducing Achievement Gaps programs at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Toward the end of her NAIP program, she accepted a full time position as a multi-portfolio program specialist here at JFS of Metrowest.

Maggie is originally from Ashby, a very small town in North Central MA. She graduated from UMass Amherst in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Public Policy and minors in both Middle Eastern Studies and Civic Engagement. She studied humanitarian action while abroad in Amman, Jordan for six months and wrote her honors thesis on the access to and quality of reproductive health care for urban refugee women abroad.

Advocacy and support for these communities is very important to Maggie, “…working with and supporting low-income, immigrant, and refugee communities is where I saw myself throughout my university career, during my time abroad in Jordan, and where I continue to see myself now.” As she embarks on her transition from AmeriCorps service member to full time staff, she adds, “Through my service at JFS, I have grown to feel capable, strong, and impassioned in the tasks that I manage and the responsibilities that I hold. I feel connected to my clients, I feel connected to the community I serve in Framingham and the Metrowest area, and I feel connected to JFS and the mission it works so tirelessly, authentically, and successfully to accomplish.”

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Maggie is excited to see how the skills she gained and the experiences she had in AmeriCorps will support her in her transition to a full-time staff member.

When she’s not in the office, Maggie is an avid baker, gardener, and watercolor painter. She has spent the past three growing seasons working on farms in Western and Central MA.  She loves spending time with her family and friends, being outside, making bouquets, and trying new recipes. Maggie is the youngest in her family, with two older brothers. She loves carrot cake and will run in the other direction if she sees a spider.

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