Fall is here, and the days are growing colder. As our families prepare for the new season, JF&CS continues to change as well. With an ever-growing community of those in need, I am excited to update you on our expanding programs.
The Hunger Network, a new initiative supported by Dr. James and Melinda Rabb, will be a coalition of pantries, soup kitchens, and food programs in fourteen towns in Greater Boston. In partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Hunger Network will implement best practices, share resources, and advocate for the hungry.
Our award-winning Lauren and Mark Rubin Visiting Moms® program expands to the North Shore, and we recently introduced a new parents program, Shalom Baby, in Central Massachusetts. Embracing new babies with a visit, gift, and Jewish resource referrals, the program supports Jewish and interfaith couples.
JF&CS Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) has implemented an innovative telemonitoring program that allows clients to remain in their homes while a nurse assesses their vital signs from a central location. Using high tech and high touch nursing, telemonitoring helps reduce re-hospitalizations and medical costs.
Programs for people with disabilities are expanding. Building on CHAI Works Day Programming, JF&CS will launch Pathways to Employment. The program serves adults with a range of disabilities to develop the skills needed for paid employment. In-Home Behavioral Treatment (IHBT), an autism program newly launched on the North Shore, is an innovative integrated service model that can advance a child’s ability to be successful in the near term and in later vocational, academic, and social pursuits.
The challenges facing the needy, seniors, people with disabilities, new families, and immigrants grows each and every day. We cannot eliminate the obstacles, but I’m confident that our expanded programming will lead to even more profound and sustainable change for those in need.
For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.