In 2016, with the help of our largest grantors, Jewish Nevada, The Conference on Material Claims against Germany and YOU, JFSA assisted over 7,000 community members and will help over 10,000 by the end of 2017.
We are a social service Agency founded in 1977 to provide Individual Counseling, School Counseling, Senior and Holocaust Survivor Services, Emergency Assistance, a Food Pantry and Adoption Services to the entire Las Vegas community.
This past year JFSA has seen tremendous growth in the services we offer our community. In January of this year the Senior Lifeline program, once part of Jewish Nevada, found a new home at JFSA. The addition of SLL has enhanced the services that JFSA has always been providing seniors. JFSA is in a stronger position to offer our seniors the support they need to help them maintain their quality of life.
With the ongoing help and support of the community, our food pantry continues to expand and grow stronger. We are officially certified as a Kosher Pantry. This will allow us to serve another part of our community. Our food pantry always treats those who come to us with the dignity and respect they deserve.
To accommodate the ever growing needs of the community, JFSA has recently started two new support groups. Our Support Circle is a support group for people over the age of fifty. The group provides a safe and supportive environment in which individuals can practice self-care, learn new skills, and engage with others. Our Caregiver Support Group focuses on providing support for individuals faced with the responsibility of having to care for a loved one.
Later this year JFSA will be launching our Educational Assessment Program. Families and schools rely upon professional expertise and results from standardized assessments to determine why a child may struggle in school and to identify appropriate educational interventions and supports that are necessary to help a child educationally. These assessments are often quite expensive or there may be long waiting lists to have those assessments completed at a reduced rate. JFSA will be offering those assessments to the community at a competitive rate. More information on this program will follow.
On April 20, 2017, Jewish Family Service Agency held its 10th Annual Tzedakah Event, honoring Norma Friedman, a long time Board member of JFSA, and Jewish Nevada for their ongoing support of those in need in our community, at the home of Lisa and Dr. Hugh Bassewitz, at the Ridges in Summerlin. Kosher catering was provided by Chef Gustav Mauler, and there was Opportunity Drawing that featured a fabulous L.A. Get-away. Live Jazz music was performed by the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Ensemble.
JFSA has recently relocated to its new home next to the Jewish Nevada office at 2309 Renaissance, Suite B, Las Vegas. We are grateful for receiving more than $630,000 in funding and in-kind support provided by Jewish Nevada to ensure that our agency can better serve the most vulnerable populations in our community. Please join us for our Open House on Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 to 2:00. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
The 8th Annual Lighting of the Menorah will take place on Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 at the Opportunity Village magical Forest.
Our 11th Annual Tzedakah Event will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018. We will be honoring Marcy and Jack Simon. More information about the event will be provided at a later date.
JFSA will continue to provide the assistance and support that so many members of our community need. We depend a great deal on the generosity of hundreds of donors for our existence. Each gift not only helps sustain our current level of service, but helps us expand our programs to meet new demands. Your gift can ensure services will continue and those demands will be met.