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Emergency Financial Assistance

JF&CS Emergency Financial Assistance ensures that individuals and families experiencing financial difficulty receive services and have access to resources needed to meet basic needs, improve quality of life, and work toward greater self-sufficiency.

Center for Family AssistanceThe mission of Emergency Financial Assistance is to address the needs of those in the Jewish community and clients being served by one of the many programs of JF&CS. To help our clients foster economic independence, we provide a compassionate and holistic response through confidential and dignified services. Emergency Financial Assistance works in partnership with the Center for Basic Needs Assistance programs including Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Family Table.

Resources for Urgent Needs

Emergency Financial Assistance
The Center for Family Assistance manages several emergency funds to assist people with low-income in regaining their economic stability. Financial assistance is available primarily for housing costs, moving expenses, fuel, and utilities.

Fuel and Utility Assistance Program
By providing comprehensive resource information, intensive advocacy, and, in some cases, strategically applied emergency financial assistance, we help families resolve fuel and energy crises. In addition, we often connect them to other sources of support including discount plans, heating resources, and financial assistance from government and private resources.

Hebrew Free Burial
A fund to ensure that low income families are able to provide a Jewish burial for their loved ones.

Support for Kids Throughout the Year

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fund
We offer financial assistance for costs associated with a Bar/Bat Mitzvah including tutor, tallit, outfit, room rental, or Kiddush.

Holiday Gift Card Drive
We provide gift cards for our clients with children to enable them to purchase a holiday toy for their child/children.

Camp Scholarship Fund
Ensures that children whose families are struggling economically have the opportunity to attend summer camp.

Interest Free Loans

Hebrew Free Loan
Hebrew Free Loan is an interest-free loan available for Jewish individuals and families. Loans are available for between $1,000 - $5,000. Loans may be used for life cycle celebrations including weddings, bar/bat mitzvah expenses, or expenses related to a new baby, including adoption. Loans may also be taken for car purchase, car repairs, first time home purchase, home repairs, uncovered health care costs, costs associated with the care of elderly parents or a disabled child, education, job training, or small business costs.

Max Rosenfeld Loan
Max Rosenfeld Loan provides interest free loans for the education, skill building and/or training of Jewish women living in Greater Boston for the purpose of expanding their employment opportunities. Applicants must be enrolling in course, workshop, training or program with the goal of increasing earning potential or employment opportunities. Programs offered by academic institutions must be accredited. Loan amounts are between $1,000 - $4,000.

You can help!

Celebrate your occasion with a JF&CS Mitzvah to Mitzvah basket and your donation directly assists a low income family in need to assist with bar/bat mitzvah expenses.

Income eligibility and other criteria apply. For information regarding these resources call us at 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

Supported by CJP This program is funded in part by CJP.
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