As we enter this special time of reflection and renewal, we at Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando would like to thank all who have supported us this past year as we continue to grow in our commitment to our community. JFS Orlando delivers hope to our community through our FAMILY of services, not just during the holidays but EVERY day.
One in seven people, among them one in five children, in Central Florida cannot afford basic food staples. To keep up with the increasing demand for food assistance, JFS Orlando has nearly completed the expansion of the Pearlman Food Pantry started earlier this year. The added space, along with the addition of a state-of-the-art carton flow shelving system and a big 3-door fridge, allows us to provide more fresh, healthy food quickly and efficiently to those struggling with hunger.
But it’s not just our Pantry that’s been active and growing. JFS therapists are seeing more individuals than last year. Our RIDE Program is at capacity and currently has a new client waitlist. Our Family Stabilization Program is as busy as ever and will begin its new application cycle in October. Our Community Rabbi is meeting the rising need for spiritual services. Our Kobrin Family Scholarship students are staying hard at work starting a new semester at UCF.
The demand for our FAMILY of services remains high, but we are maximizing our efforts to raise hope and build a stronger community together thanks to our supporters…and we’re not done yet! We ask you to join us in our annual High Holy Days’ Hope Challenge, where every donation to JFS Orlando will be generously matched dollar for dollar by the David & Audrey Pearlman Philanthropic Fund, with a total match of up to $20,000. To donate, please visit JFSorlando.org/hopechallenge.
On behalf of the JFS Orlando Board of Directors, staff, and clients, may you and your loved ones be inscribed for a sweet 5783.
Philip Flynn III – Executive Director
Marty Sherman – Board President