COVID-19 Virus Update

(updated Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:13 PM)

Please note: JFS Orlando is CLOSED to the public until further notice, but our programs and services are still OPERATIONAL.

The Family Stabilization Program is still operational, but only via phone and digital. If you are a current client of the program or you are interested in applying, please call 407-644-7593 ext. 250 (City of Orlando & Seminole County) or ext. 236 (unincorporated Orange County).

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.

Our 2020 FSP Workshop Schedule is now available. FSP workshops are facilitated by Consumer Debt Counselors (CDC) and Christian Help Employment and Resource Center (ERC) and are offered throughout the year. 

Want to participate in the Family Stabilization Program? Call 407-644-7593 to speak with a caseworker today to see if you are eligible.

Click on our FSP flyer below for more information.

FSP Flyer

Meet Our Caseworkers

C Duroseau - editClelie Duroseau started with JFS in 2015. Clelie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies and obtained a certificate in Case Management from the University of Central Florida. Clelie brings over a dozen years of social service experience to her position as a Family Stabilization Program (FSP) Case Manager. Clelie is passionate about helping individuals and families facing hardships overcome obstacles, for example, homelessness. Clelie’s approach with her clients includes examining outside factors, such as societal challenges, to assist client’s with achieving their goals. Clelie speaks English, French, Creole and Spanish. 

Jascha D. Fields, MA joined JFS Orlando in 2014 as the FSP Case Manager.  Jascha is responsible for providing case management to FSP clients and monitoring their progress throughout the program.Jascha collaborates with partner agencies to recruit/screen new FSP clients and to coordinate the delivery of services to FSP clients.  He has over six years of social services experience working with the homeless and at-risk populations.  Jascha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida.  Jascha also holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling from the University of Central Florida. In addition, Jascha is a fluent speaker in both French and German. 

Client Testimonials

Gerline’s Story

Baby Nicolette and little Phillip Jr. are the shining spots and the motivation for Gerline and her husband, Phillip. “That’s what I’m fighting for everyday,” she says. “For me and my itty-bittys and my husband. He’s not giving up and I’m not either. When I look at them, it’s all worth it.” She looked online for help and found JFS Orlando’s Family Stabilization Program (FSP). “Keyword: stability,” says Gerline. “Enough was enough. I needed a change for my little ones and for me. I decided I was going to go ahead and focus on our stability.”

Gerline is still in FSP, but is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for her family. “None of this would have been possible if not for Mrs. Clelie and JFS. You guys are the most patient and realistic. To have your mom turn her back on you, and your own sisters and brothers, it’s hard to even trust someone who isn’t blood. But Mrs. Clelie made me feel like I’d known her forever. It made me feel like I had a mom in her. You can say, she stabilized my home!”

 

Regan’s Story

Between raising five children, at one point working two jobs, and studying for her MBA, it’s a wonder how Regan can do it all. “Time management!” she says. “It’s all time-management.”

Things were in disarray, though, when Regan came to JFS Orlando. Not only was she supporting her five children, all under twelve years old, but one of her sons was diagnosed with a medical condition. She ended up missing work in order to take care of him. Financial issues started popping up and she couldn’t keep making ends meet. When she saw a flyer about JFS Orlando’s Family Stabilization Program (FSP) at her daughter’s doctor’s office, she knew this was something she needed to do. “I decided to participate in FSP because I thought it would be beneficial for me and my family. I felt like it would be a good way to get back on track.”

Regan is grateful for the guidance, resources, and support she received from JFS when she needed it the most. “They really take the time and put a lot into you,” she says. “They help build your confidence if you don’t have confidence. If you’re going through something, you have a safe place to talk about it. There’s no reason to be ashamed about what you’re going through. It’s a really comfortable place; it’s a safe zone.”

 

Dennis and Danni’s Story

“My husband and I always thought ourselves as stable people. We paid our bills on time and had lived in the same apartment for 6 years. Then… my husband Dennis lost his job, and we couldn’t afford the rent. My husband, our two young boys and I moved into a run-down motel surrounded by violence and illegal activity. We were living paycheck to paycheck with little hope, and not knowing how to improve our situation. Our boys had to share a bed and were frequently woken up in the middle of the night by noisy, intoxicated neighbors. We knew this wasn’t good for them, but we were limited to what we could afford.

When we came to the Family Stabilization Program we had just become homeless. All the staff at JFS were very friendly, supportive and real with us. I always felt like they cared about us as people, and made it easy to complete the program. Workshops were fresh, and helped solve real problems. Rather than just teaching us how to make a budget, they also taught us how to repair our credit, deal with student loans, and housing debt. They have an amazing network of resources available and are dedicated to help with housing, employment, health care and anything that is a barrier to self sufficiency. Without this program we would likely have been stuck in homelessness and poverty for a much longer time.”