2017 JFS Report to the Community

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Dear JFS Supporters and Community Members:

This is your Jewish Family Service of Metrowest 2017 Report to the Community.

You are essential members of our “JFS family”. We are a collective, marshaling professional talent and purposeful volunteerism combined with philanthropy to support those in need with programs that have demonstrated impacts.

The stories and the data within these pages represent the lives you have touched with your generosity and your involvement. We thank you for your investment and commitment.

The JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project (see the beautiful cover photo of children!) is capturing the attention of the region, even the nation through the Boston Globe feature coverage that will be continuing this fall. This project represents one of the powerful ways that JFS stands up for those who do not have a voice, who are often left behind.

While the stock market booms, social and economic inequity expands. These are perilous times for vulnerable children, families and elders. It cuts across the Jewish community and the general community. The government safety net is ripping apart and many of our clients are tumbling towards crisis. Immigrants and refugees are being rejected by our national leadership.

JFS must be there for them – this is who we are helping together.

The distressed families unable to make ends meet; the children needing warm clothes and food; the immigrants striving to become citizens; the unexpectedly unemployed looking for a job; the elders with memory problems needing accompaniment to doctors’ appointments; couples and individuals wanting to create a family through adoption; the adult children struggling to take care of frail, aging parents.

 JFS is an agency filled with problem solvers. We find the solutions to these problems and very personal needs.

We are proud of our deep roots in Metrowest/Greater Boston and together we will partner to honor the promise JFS has made to the community – standing up for those left behind.

With our gratitude,
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Please click here to view the Report and feel free to
share the Report across your own networks.

If you would like to have a face-to-face meeting to deepen your knowledge and connect to JFS, please contact Amanda Coughlin at acoughlin@jfsmw.org.

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Proud to Partner with Sen. Karen Spilka in Supporting Older Adults in Metrowest

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Volunteer Linda Sakin and intern Candice Sullivan with Sen. Karen Spilka at the annual
Senior Health and Wellness Fair in Framingham

JFS is proud to partner with Sen. Karen Spilka in
supporting older adults in our community!

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Happy New Year!

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Attend a Lunch and Learn Oct 4th in Natick – Topic: Estate Planning

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Kosher Style Dairy Lunch will be served
$4 with reservation, $6 at the door

Three ways to register – sign up today!
– Online Form: https://jfsofmetrowest.wufoo.com/forms/jfs-lunch-and-learn-10417/
– By email: asalloway@jfsmw.org
– By phone: 508-875-3100 ext. 360

Program Coordinator: Abrielle Salloway, LCSW

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DACA Renewal Information!

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 DACA issuances and work permits that expire between now and March 5, 2018, must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.

This link contains a calendar of events aimed at assisting clients with DACA renewals:  https://www.masslegalservices.org/daca-community-workshops/calendar/.

More events are being scheduled, so please check back frequently for updates.

For more general information about DACA, please visit: https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/

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6th Annual Build-A-Backpack a Success!

This past week JFS celebrated our 6th annual Build-A-Backpack event at the Wellesley Public Library and at the Framingham Public Library.AxieBreen-JFS-Backpacks-2017-3286.jpg

Over the course of two days, over 230 backpacks were packed with new school school supplies, giving over 230 disadvantaged students the tools they need to start the year off right! These backpacks will go to those students in need in Framingham and throughout the Metrowest community.

A huge thanks to all of those who attended and supported the 2017 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.

 

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

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 4,800 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 and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently.  To learn more about JFS visit our website at www.jfsmw.org or like us on Facebook!

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Are You Ready for Success?

Are you a Jewish Professional living in Metrowest? Are you in your mid to late career?Have you lost your job or had your hours cut short?

You may be eligible to participate in our employment program!

Complete the online screening, eligible applicants will be contacted by an RFS team member to schedule a more in depth conversation.newest

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