Jewish Family & Children’s Services recently received a $1.2 million donation from an anonymous supporter, according to the nonprofit organization.
The donor gave the money as an unrestricted gift, meaning the organization can spread it among a number of different initiatives. Those include the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, counseling services, child abuse prevention, assistance for the elderly and chaplaincy. The money will go to the JF&CS endowment, and the organization will then draw a percentage from it each year, according to Laura Robbins, JF&CS chief development officer.
We are in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic that, according to the CDC, is taking an average of 115 lives every day. There are 20.1 million Americans 12 or older who live with a substance use disorder, amounting to 1 person in 12 living with addiction, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A Pew Research Center study in 2017 noted nearly half of the population has a friend or family member living with a drug addiction. The scope of addiction is massive.
As a Jewish community, we like to think we’re immune, but we’re not. According to Rabbi Zvi Gluck, director of Amudim, there were 143 known opioid-related deaths of Orthodox Jews under age 35 in one year alone.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been awarded $20,000 by the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Trustee. The award will support the JF&CS Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP), which reached over 38,500 children in 2017, including public and private schools in both St. Louis city and St. Louis county. This contribution will help the CAPP program continue its vital work in 2018.
“This funding provides a chance for JF&CS to prevent child abuse with important tips for ‘safe touch’ and by educating children about signs of abuse. It also ensures we can show our support for students who experienced abuse and connect them to the help they need,” Lou Albert, CEO of JF&CS.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been awarded $50,000 by the St. Louis City Seniors Fund during its inaugural year of grant funding. The Fund, which was established by passage of the Seniors Count Ballot Initiative, will help St. Louis City seniors tackle common concerns, such as fall prevention and economic stability.
“This funding provides a chance both to expand the number of senior adults served and to innovate new methods for tackling the problems created by falling, which has such a devastating effect on the ability of seniors to live independently and safely,” said JF&CS CEO L. Louis Albert in a statement.
In March, JF&CS began its Jewish Disability Care Connect program for people of all ages with physical or intellectual disabilities. The initiative comes in response to what JF&CS determined was a void in adequate care for local Jews with disabilities.
Jewish Federation of St. Louis has provided an initial $70,000 grant for the program.
The program aims to link its clients with educational and recreational opportunities, life skills training, housing support, support groups, and to provide assistance with receiving government benefits, among other services.