Safety Net/Emergency Services
Listed below are current community needs in the area of Safety Net/Emergency Services. If you have any questions or to make a donation, please contact Beatrice Fine.
Jewish Family Services: Adult Incontinence Products
JFS has experienced a large increase in need for adult incontinence products from both their Food Pantry and care management clients. JFS provides one week’s worth of food to Pantry clients and aims to do the same with clients who need adult briefs. Adult incontinence products are expensive, about $53/month from Costco, and are seldom available to JFS through other sources like Harvesters. Incontinence is a huge quality of life issue for the people who suffer from it and a hardship for them and their caregivers when they don’t have what they need. Support this program with your fund
Jewish Family Services: Food Pantry
The JFS Food Pantry responds to the ever-growing need for direct food assistance in Kansas City. It provides staples such as grains, dairy and protein, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Both VAAD-supervised kosher and non-kosher food options allow JFS to offer greater food quantity, quality and selection. Personal care and household items are available as they come in. Volunteers and donations are always needed so that the pantry remains fully stocked all year. Support this program with your fund
Jewish Family Services: Food Pantry Items for Immigrants
Early in 2017, Jewish Family Services began partnering with Jewish Vocational Services to give refugee families in Kansas City access to JFS services. As of November 2017, 15 families were being provided volunteer transportation to the Food Pantry. A gift of $500 provides culturally appropriate food items and regular supplies to the new immigrant families for one week. Support this program with your fund
Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City: Hurricane Relief
The Jewish Federation is coordinating relief efforts to help the victims of recent hurricanes. The Federation funds urgently needed basics like food and medicine, and long-term needs like trauma counseling. They provide resources to emergency service providers so they can help where they’re most needed. Donate Now
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JVS: Health & Wellness Services
$250 can provide supplies for play therapy services, $1000 can provide 8 hours of therapy, including the support of a trained mental health interpreter, for a client suffering from PTSD, $2500 one semester of after school narrative therapy for refugee youth
Medical Case Management: Assists in securing basic medical screenings for all refugees and ongoing support for those with chronic or severe issues.
Social Work Program: Provides refugees and immigrants with advocacy, community resource referral, and individual and group therapy for at-risk adults and youth.
Refugee Family Strengthening Program: Provides relationship enhancement trainings, case management and employment support to help refugee families and individuals reduce stress and family conflict and improve communication.
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JVS: Jewish Employment Services
Jewish Employment Services responds to the unemployed in the Jewish community with a well rounded high level program of career exploration, technical job search skills delivered in groups and individually, career coaching, and activities and referrals for emotional and psychological support. JES has recently added activities to address the emotional impact of unemployment and expanded group education from one monthly workshop to an intensive two week workshop series each month. Support this program with your fund
JVS: New American Services
$250 can buy backpack, uniform and school supplies for a refugee family with 3 kids, $1,000 provide interpretation for a 4-session cultural orientation course, $2500 can cover rent and utilities for a family of 7 for one month.
Reception and Placement: Provides initial core needs, including housing, clothing, benefits enrollment and community resource referral for refugees.
Cultural Orientation: Provides education and training in adapting to life in the United States.
Immigration Counseling: Assists individuals and families to complete family-based immigration applications, applications to adjust to permanent resident status, and citizenship applications.
Language and Cultural Services: Provides skilled interpreters for JVS and other entities, interpreter education, and cultural competency training to local organizations and health-care providers.
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SAFEHOME: Jewish Outreach Program
The prevalence and severity of domestic violence continues to increase in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. While partner abuse occurs at the same rate as in the general community, Jewish victims experience additional barriers to seeking and receiving life-changing and sometimes life-saving assistance. The Jewish Outreach Program provides informational emergency cards to Jewish congregations and organizations, formal and informal presentations to interested groups of all ages, education and resources for area clergy and lay professionals concerning pastoral care and support for families in crisis due to domestic violence, and opportunities for creative and collaborative programming between SAFEHOME and other Jewish organizations. Support this program with your fund