JFS Orlando is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Heart of Florida United Way.
This grant will support JFS Orlando’s FAMILY of services, including their Counseling services, RIDE (Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly) Program, Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, Family Stabilization Program, and Chaplaincy services. In 2020, JFS served an average of 10,000 individuals, provided more than 188,000 meals, and provided more than 4,800 counseling sessions.
“This past year has been especially challenging for our clients and Central Florida overall,” said Philip Flynn, JFS Executive Director. “We are so grateful to continue providing our relief services in partnership with Heart of Florida United Way.”
United Way’s support will also continue to stabilize Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) households, which accounts for nearly half of the tri-county area residents. It also represents households who are one paycheck and one crisis away from financial ruin, including prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“JFS Orlando has been doing tremendous work to stabilize ALICE households,” said Jeff Hayward, President and CEO of Heart of Florida United Way. “Given that ALICE households are already one crisis away from financial ruin, many weren’t able to pay their bills or mortgages due to limited savings to get through the extended period of time brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need is even greater than it had been before and it’s our nonprofit agencies who are on the front lines working to stabilize those in need – and many for the very first time. United Way values our partnership with JFS to do this work in our community.”