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 and homelessness, counseling, emergency financial aid and older adult support. JFS responds to our community needs.
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.
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.
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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 SCHEDULE THROUGH UNITED WAY. PLEASE CALL EITHER 2-1-1 OR 407-839-4357.
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.
Kobrin Family Scholarship
The Kobrin Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1990 by the Kobrin Family for qualified students in the Central Florida area. The scholarship is to be used ONLY at the University of Central Florida by an incoming freshman student from Orange, Osceola or Seminole County. PLEASE NOTE: There is no stipulation concerning the religion of the applicant, although a preference will be given to those of the Jewish faith. This year, one (1) scholarship is available in the amount of $2,000. This is an award for the freshman year only and is not renewable.
THE DEADLINE FOR 2016-2017 APPLICANTS IS APRIL 3, 2017.
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 2016, JFS provided nearly 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 2017.
Call 407-644-7593 to schedule an appointment. Please bring a photo ID and Social Security cards for those living in the household.
Through the Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly (RIDE) Program, JFS 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 & Thursday 2 PM to 4 PM.
The Women’s Forum is an informative self-development program designed to educate and support women of all ages and faiths. The Women’s Forum is conducted in a workshop environment designed to educate, empower and connect women of all faiths, particularly those faced with Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer in any capacity. This outreach opportunity is made partnership with Sharsheret.org.