Kosher Food Boxes: The main goal of the JFS Kosher food box program is to free up money to help the family pay for other basic necessities. The current value of the contents of a Kosher Food Box is approximately $60. JFS serves Jewish families who are experiencing chronic economic stress. Many working families and seniors are not able to make ends meet each month on an ongoing basis, causing them to have to make choices between food and necessities such as medicine. Other families are in acute financial stress due to various reasons including job loss, rising fuel costs and utility bills, and cost of living increases while their income is not increasing. The average monthly income of eligible participants is less than $1000 per month. Another goal of the program is for the family to meet with an LCSW for qualification for the program, thus enabling them to access other services of the agency. Every year, each family re-submits their financials to be qualified to receive the Kosher Food Boxes. The benefit is that since this is an ongoing relationship, the therapist may connect the family with additional resources, and provide counseling or budgeting tips.
Jewish Family Service Emergency Financial Assistance is established to alleviate a temporary financial crisis being experienced by a Jewish individual who is financially self-sufficient but may be confronting a temporary cash-flow crisis. Funds can be utilized for: rent or mortgage payments, utilities, food, or other emergency needs.
Jewish Family Service Information and Referral is a program whereby Jewish Family Service social workers link individuals with services that can meet their needs when JFS does not directly provide the service, when the need is greater than JFS alone can meet, or when the caller does not meet criteria for being served through JFS. JFS social workers also act as a resource for rabbis, educators, and Jewish professionals to connect their constituents to the proper resources or work through an issue that may arise through Professional Consultation and Referral.
Jewish Family Service Case Management Program serves individuals, couples, families, and groups who are in need of compassionate, professional counseling services; guiding them through life’s obstacles and transitions in a confidential manner. Counseling speaks to the highest level of performing acts of loving-kindness (chesed) and repairing the world (tikkun olam). JFS’ social workers are compassionate professionals who help change the lives of people by improving the quality of life for the individual, family, and society at large. In case management, our social workers collaboratively assess the needs of the client and arrange, coordinate, and evaluate services to meet the client’s needs.
Jewish Children’s Regional Service: The mission of Jewish Children’s Regional Service is to enable Jewish youth to become well-adjusted, successful, and self-supporting Jewish adults. Scholarship assistance and any professional activities necessary to operate all the needs-based programs of JCRS. (Camp, college, and special needs scholarship/subsidies, and holiday outreach programs that involve, either gift, gift cards, and /or holiday products to isolated and low-income Jewish families across a 7-state region.) All the above programs serve families in Nashville.
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. HIAS protects the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reunites them with their families in safety and freedom, advocates for the protection of refugees, and assures that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.