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JFS in the Community


By Morgan Goad

Associate Director of Development

Jewish Family Services

JFS is busy with a number of new and returning community programs this fall!

A Hand to Hold on CBS 6 JFS Connecting Hearts’ collaboration with WTVR CBS 6 continues! November is Adoption Awareness Month, and everyday CBS 6 will air the stories of children and teenagers in foster care in need of loving families.

Tune in during the 5:30 a.m. and the evening news to watch the features! If you miss one, visit the JFS Connecting Hearts Facebook page to see them all.

Webinars for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Parents

As part of our celebration of Adoption Awareness Month, JFS Connecting Hearts will present a series of seven educational webinars for adoptive, foster, and kinship parents featuring experts, parents, and youth!

Topics include navigating federal and state adoption assistance, programs for teenagers in foster care, and a panel discussion about how to help kids in foster care when you can’t foster yourself.

A New PCA School

Thanks to a visionary donor, our newest Personal Care Aide training program is underway! The course is primarily online, with plenty of time for hands on practice, and completely free to participants.

Not only does PCA school open the door to flexible, fulfilling careers in health care, it will help JFS serve every client with Medicaid insurance who comes to us for help.

Lights of Love

Lights of Love is a special JFS program meant to help bring holiday warmth and joy to our neighbors who need a little extra light.

Last winter, generous friends and donors helped JFS brighten the season for more than 100 adults, seniors, families, and children in foster care! The program runs until Nov. 15 – you can participate by visiting the giant menorah in the Weinstein JCC lobby.

Support Groups

JFS Counseling is proud to be hosting two therapeutic groups to support people impacted by COVID-19. Sessions have already begun for  a group of frontline health care workers and  a group of individuals with “long-haul” symptoms. Both groups focus on building a community, identifying the lasting impacts of the pandemic on their lives, and moving forward.

For more on JFS visit jfsrichmond.org/connect

Jewish Family Services is supported, in part, by a generous annual contribution and programming grants from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.


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