JFS of Metrowest Makes Merry Sharing Community Holiday Celebrations

How do you celebrate the holidays?
At JFS, we do it with our friends – all of our friends!

At Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS), we embrace December and all the jubilation it brings.  At JFS we always celebrate Chanukah, our Menorahs are proudly displayed and we hope that this year’s latkes are delicious.

Parties and cheerful greetings are abundant as we also show respect to the celebrations and traditions of our multicultural staff and clientele.

• Our Homecare staff and their families enjoy all the fixings of Christmas at their holiday party, which took place at the Plymouth Church, including a visit from Santa and a mountain of gifts generously provided by volunteers from the Phia Group.

Homecare Party 2015

Christmas Tree at Memorial House• When residents of Memorial House came to Lisa Horning, Resident Services Coordinator at the Framingham Housing Authority (FHA) seeking a Christmas tree for their community room, Lisa did not have funding for this and needed help.  Her first thought was to turn to JFS.  As a community partner, JFS provides health and wellness programs at Hastings House and Rose Kennedy Apartments (both FHA public housing complexes). Lisa called saying “I know you don’t have any money in your budget for Christmas trees, but I thought you might be able help us find a Christmas tree someone might want to donate. “ Our resourceful Director of Community Impacts, Malka Young made their Christmas wish come true and found not only one  Christmas tree and decorations for Memorial House, but also another Christmas tree complete with  lights for the John J. Gallagher apartments.

• JFS hosted holiday parties at both Hastings House and Rose Kennedy Apartments, bringing residents (most of whom are over 60 years old, many living with disabilities or chronic illness) together for a time of food, fun and festivity. Residents of Hastings House did all the cooking while those at Rose Kennedy enjoyed a traditional cookie swap.

Holiday Party at Hastings House

• At our annual holiday party, JFS’s diverse staff shared an international pot luck which included homemade enchiladas, Portuguese paella, as well as Chanukah latkes (potato pancakes) among other delicious foods and had fun with an eclectic selection of Yankee Swap gifts.

Annual Staff Holiday Party

• JFS is partnering with the Framingham Housing Authority and Temple Beth Am in Framingham to provide entertainment and a delicious, traditional dinner for the residents at Hastings House this Christmas day.  Abrielle Salloway, JFS  program coordinator, and her family will staff this program on December 25th.  Easter and Passover will be here before you know it!  JFS invites you to contact us to see how we can celebrate the spring holidays with those in need in our community.

From all of us at JFS, Happy Holidays!

JFS of Metrowest is a community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind and provides a wide range of services to people in need in the  Metrowest region of Massachusetts including afterschool tutoring for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for low-income families and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently. Click here to download this story (PDF), or to learn more about JFS, visit www.jfsmw.org.

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