Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, an organizational member of APN, shared with us about their mission and why they chose to join APN:
What does the organization do?
The mission of Jewish Family Service is to strengthen and promote Jewish individual, family and community well-being. In keeping with Jewish values and spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world) we are committed to providing services to the entire community regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
Jewish Family Service (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. JFS impacts thousands of lives throughout Atlantic & Cape May Counties each year.
Who does the organization help?
We are committed to providing services to the entire community regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.” The agency services individuals from 3 months to 103 years old living throughout Atlantic & Cape May Counties.
JFS offers programs that prioritize outreach to hard to serve populations including the homeless, individuals returning to the community from correctional and psychiatric facilities, isolated older adults, welfare recipients and individuals with disabilities.
What does poverty look like in the agency’s work?
JFS addresses the issues of homelessness and hunger every day. Across all of our programming we see first-hand the struggle individuals and families are in to meet their basic needs. Through the people JFS serves we see that survival is precarious and one seemingly small event can destabilize a family’s budget (i.e. being scheduled for fewer hours at work, a cut in food stamps). Many experience a daily and prolonged crisis related to a lack of affordable housing, less than living wages, and trouble accessing healthy food. JFS works to be proactive and responsive to the community’s needs through services and advocacy.
Why is JFS a part of APN?
JFS understands that to address poverty in our community and across the state, we need partners to share best practices with and to advocate for change.