THE CENTER FOR COUNSELING, GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Support begins with a compassionate environment.
Coping with a sudden life change, emotional distress or a relationship conflict can be an overwhelming experience. At the Center for Counseling, Growth and Development, skilled and experienced counseling professionals are ready to support you as you cope with life’s changes. Our team of licensed clinical social workers and counselors provide assessments, consultation, and short and long term counseling sessions for individuals, families, and older adults
JFS’ skilled-professional counselors offer results oriented therapy and problem-solving skills to those struggling with depression, anxiety, and life transitions.
Counseling services and support are available for anyone in need; regardless of religion, age, or ethnic background we are here to provide this service to the community. We aim to provide a safe and caring environment to address some of the topics of:
- Family concerns
- Relationship building
- Life transitions
- Parent/child relationships
- School problems
- Aging parents
- Interfaith relationship issues.
If you or someone you know could benefit from professional counseling, please call JFS at 407-644-7593. We are here for you at the Center for Counseling, Growth and Development Center here is Central Florida. There is no need to face these difficult times alone.
Click here to view online Brochure: CCGD
THE ROTH FAMILY KIDSKONNECT PROGRAM
KidsKonnect is the only program in Central Florida that addresses the needs of children who are experiencing family disruption from divorce, separation, parental abandonment, incarceration, or single-parenting or grand parenting. Through in-school support groups, KidsKonnect empowers all children living with family instability to cope with the realities, stresses and emotions of their families' changes. In a safe and supportive setting, children can share experiences, establish common bonds, develop healthy coping skills and positive self-esteem and resiliency while practicing positive expression of difficult feelings. The Roth Family KidsKonnect program also provides comprehensive resource materials to help raise parents’ awareness of children’s and family's needs during major family transitions.
Our goal is to reach as many children as possible in the Central Florida area who have been affected by significant changes in their families. KidsKonnect is facilitated by master's level certified counselors. It is currently held in many elementary and middle schools in Orange, Seminole and Osceola County.
Click here to view online Brochure: KIDSKONNECT
A harsh reality of our tough times is that it can be impossible for those on low incomes to provide adequate food for themselves and their loved ones. The following services provide immediate relief to families in crisis. When unexpected events provide challenging times for families, Jewish Family Services is available to counsel and help people through this time. We listen. And we provide assistance as funding permits and within specific guidelines.
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Emergency financial assistance for utility and rent subsidies is provided to individuals and families who qualify.
PEARLMAN PANTRY and the DARDEN RESTAURANTS FOUNDATION PANTRY
Hundreds of families and individuals in the Greater Orlando area live with the threat of hunger. Both the Pearlman Pantry and the Dardent Restaurants Foundation Pantry offer help, support and hope.
Throughout the year, with the support of community partners, JFS conducts food drives, helping to ensure no person or child goes to bed hungry. Volunteers, financial supporters and food donors are critical to our fight to end hunger. Without them, we could not exist.
JFS' Pantries serve all who qualify for food without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability or age.
FAMILY STABILIZATION PROGRAM (FSP)
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We offer more than just food... Individuals and families in crisis face multifaceted and complex problems such as job loss, lack of skills regarding financial planning and management, lack of vocational training and the resulting disruptive emotional and psychological effects.
JFS' Family Stabilization Program is a preventive, solution based long-term case management program designed to increase self-sufficiency in low income families through intensive 6-month case management and education.
The Family Stabilization Program will empower the client to function at higher levels, help them to learn how to maintain a stronger and more secure lifestyle and ultimately allow the family to become self sufficient. The program objectives are to improve money management skills, improve family functioning, and parenting skills, improve coping abilities, improve employability and improve and maintain current housing status.
Clients have access to in-person and telephone support during their participation in the program. An additional six-month follow-up is provided with the family to help assure the family is moving in the right direction.
CENTERPIECES FOR TZEDAKAH
Centerpieces for Tzedakah is a program that provides beautifully decorated centerpiece baskets that are available to be rented from Jewish Family Services for your special celebrations. Gorgeous baskets and mini shopping carts are filled with a representation of assorted packages of food items. The centerpieces are attractively decorated. The baskets and shopping carts are ideally sized for centerpieces and will be delivered, free of charge, directly to your party (within a specific area.) Coordinated centerpieces, specifically designed for buffet tables and the bimah at your synagogues, are also available for rental.
This interfaith collaborative women's outreach program is designed to use a group format to educate and support women who are struggling with life-changing circumstances. Through ongoing workshops and focus groups, this program will help women prepare for opportunity and change, discover multiple approaches to deal with life changes, develop skills, build confidence, grow and flourish through transitions and experience the warmth and support of women who care.
JEWISH HOSPICE (YAD L‘HESED)
Yad L'Hesed, Jewish Hospice, upholds the Jewish value of maintaining the dignity of life. The program is based on the Jewish principle of hesed, which means loving kindness. Yad L’Hesed helps patients find physical and emotional peace in their final days and provides rabbinic counseling for those desiring spiritual support and bereavement support groups for those who have lost a loved one. Hospice Services are appropriate and beneficial for anyone with a life limiting illness. Yad L’Hesed is a partnership among Jewish Family Services, Hospice of the Comforter, and Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel.
For more information, please call JFS at 407-644-7593.
RIDE (Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly)
Sustaining critical transportation needs becomes a vital concern to helping individuals stay independent as they age. Other challenges, such as health issues, interfere with an older adult’s ability to maintain his or her independence and their ability to drive. In our community, there is a significant amount of older adults who require support to help meet their daily needs of getting to and from essential medical appointments and JFS will be able to provide these necessary services.
This RIDE program, sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, is designed to provide transportation to medical appointment for older adults or disabled individuals, who have no other means of transportation. Participation in the RIDE program is based on need, regardless of cultural, ethnic or religious affiliation.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of our agency. Being a volunteer is a gift you give to yourself and others!
Dedicated volunteers assist and visit older adults, deliver holiday meals, and help coordinate worship services and holiday celebrations. We have many opportunities for volunteers.
Yad L'Hesed - Jewish Hospice
Patient/Family Support Volunteers visit terminally ill patients at home to offer respite for caregivers and emotional support to the patients and their loved ones. The required specialized training is provided.
Holiday Meal Delivery
Volunteer drivers pick up and deliver holiday meals to frail older adults. Meals are delivered for Passover, Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas. Shalot Manot baskets are delivered for Purim. This gesture brings a ray of sunshine into their hearts and homes.
Service Learning projects and community service opportunities are available.
Teenagers help out at special events.
B'nai Mitzvah Projects for Students
Individuals and groups are encouraged to perform acts of loving kindness. Participants may join our established programs or bring us their own ideas.
Kinder to Kinder
Each December, children and their parents bring a holiday celebration to children who reside in a congregate home.
On-call volunteers provide that extra pair of hands for major office projects, including bulk mailings.
Pearlman Pantry & Darden Restaurants Foundation Pantry Assistance
Volunteers stock and organize the Pearlman Food Pantry and assist with food distribution.
Helping Older Adults (This program has been suspended due to budget cuts)
Volunteer activity companions assist older adults with shopping and errands as well as transportation to medical appointments, social and cultural events. They also provide companionship, including home and nursing home visits.
NOTICE: JFS needs volunteers for its Southwest pantry: 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. , Orlando
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
For info call Marni S. Chepenik 407-644-7593, ext 227
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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