It is JFS Orlando’s objective to address the well being of all families in need in Central Florida through a comprehensive range of programs and services. Supporting everyone, regardless of religion, race, or culture, JFS provides social services and programs to families and children – particularly addressing the areas of hunger, homelessness prevention, mental and emotional stability, and aging/end of life.

Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry

Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry

More than 50 million Americans struggle with food insecurity. JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Pantry provides emergency food assistance to hungry individuals and families in Central Florida. Clients are eligible to receive food assistance once every four months. In 2017, JFS Orlando provided over 67,000 meals to needy Central Floridians in an effort to alleviate hunger in Greater Orlando. We anticipate providing a similar number of meals in 2018.

Call 407-644-7593 to schedule an appointment. Please bring a photo ID and Social Security cards for those living in the household.

JFS Orlando is always accepting donations. Check out our Food Drive Planning Kit for information on how you can help.

Counseling, Growth, and Development Program

Counseling

The Counseling, Growth, and Development Program provides individual, couples, family, and group mental healthy counseling in a trusting, reassuring and healing atmosphere. Licensed clinical therapists help clients cope with major life problems in a timely and effective manner. Regardless of the issues, or age, culture, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, the licensed clinical therapists can help assess problems, provide supportive and conflict-resolving counseling, and guide people through major life transitions. JFS is one of the few remaining agencies in Central Florida that operates on a sliding fee scale. JFS accepts most insurances.

Please print and fill out appropriate forms below and bring with you:

Client Intake History

JFS New Client Consent Packet

JFS Orlando Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA)

Child Intake Information

Family Stabilization Program (FSP)

Family Stabilization Program (FSP)

The Family Stabilization Program (FSP) is a preventative, six-month case management program. The program is designed for families to obtain self sufficiency by teaching them critical skills and tools to resolve crises and avoid future hardships while achieving long term stability. The program’s primary objectives are to improve money management skills, family functioning, mental stress, and to maintain or improve employability and housing while reducing stress. This is accomplished by providing clients with a variety of supportive services at no cost to participants.

Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE)

Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly

Through the Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE) Program, JFS Orlando provides round-trip rides to medical appointments for elderly or disabled adults at no cost to clients. This, in turn, increases independence, promoting well-being, and improving access to healthcare for program participants.

For RIDE information and appointments call 407-644-7593 ext. 239 Monday-Wednesday 10AM-12PM and Thursday 12-2PM.

Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

The community Chaplaincy program is a pastoral outreach service that provides end of life services, burial or memorial services, and other visits, such as hospice, hospital or jail visits, to unaffiliated Jews. This program operates in partnership with the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis, Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and Hospice of the Comforter.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services

The poor economy has affected housing, employment, hunger, mental health, and several other factors leaving many households to survive paycheck to paycheck. These and other factors can impact a person’s ability to provide for themselves or their family. JFS’ Emergency Services program lends a helping hand to those who qualify by providing emergency financial assistance for basic needs, such as rent, mortgage or utilities.

IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CALL THE HEART OF FLORIDA UNITED WAY 2-1-1 HOTLINE TO BE SCREENED FOR AN APPOINTMENT. ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE SCHEDULED THROUGH UNITED WAY. PLEASE CALL EITHER 2-1-1 OR 407-839-4357.

Other Resources

JFS Orlando offers several other resources to the Central Florida community, including: