I hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. I would like to start out by thanking you, and our other loyal supporters for making this year’s Annual Fundraiser “Impacting Today – Transforming Tomorrows” a success. We have heard from many of you during this crisis and have been so touched by your kindness, generosity and concern.
Every year we look forward to gathering with you and our other community friends and supporters to highlight all the good work we have been doing at JFCS as well as our vision for the future you are helping us build. However, given the growing uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Annual Fundraiser, previously rescheduled for June 4, 2020.
This was a tough call to make – the Annual Fundraiser is incredibly important to JFCS each and every year. The impact of your sponsorship is felt year-round as it provides important flexible funding that allows JFCS to respond to the most urgent needs of our community.
What is particularly challenging is that our agency is serving record numbers of people. In the last several weeks, we received over 900 requests for financial assistance and more come in each day. We are providing food for hundreds of people each week. We are helping to meet the basic needs for families, the majority of which have never had to seek assistance before.
We have also seen an uptick in child welfare cases and currently have close to 520 children in our care, the highest it has been in years. We have seen a 20% increase in our prevention programs that work with families at risk of child abuse, substance misuse and domestic violence.
We continue to offer much needed mental health counseling through teletherapy and the good news is that over 250 people are receiving support through our Dupont Counseling Group. We have been able to continue with adoptions through virtual court – last month we finalized 17 adoptions and just last week finalized 7 in just one day.
Deliveries of food to our Holocaust Survivors and seniors are continuing but we have found that many of the survivors are starting to have flashbacks from the time they previously lived through food rationing, curfews and having to remain at home. Our Case Management staff are luckily able to continue to provide clinical and emotional support to them through virtual visits.
Again, we are very disappointed that we are unable to gather together for this year’s event, highlighting our agency, recognizing the Frisch Family, our honorary chairs, and mingling with and recognizing all of you, our supporters, sponsors and volunteers. However, we do have plans to recognize this year’s donors throughout this year.
Our hope is that you will continue to stand with us to ensure our clients have the support they need. Many of you have already given and our hope is you will allow your donation to stand. If you have not yet paid for your sponsorship, please consider honoring your pledge to help bridge the gap of funds lost due to the cancellation. In the event you would like us to refund your funds, please contact Susie Menaged at email@example.com or call (904) 394-5727 or (904) 716-2310 and we will refund your gift.
Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to support you or your loved ones.
Again, thank you. We are incredibly proud of the work we are doing during these unprecedented times. We have been able to quickly adapt to the ever-changing needs and continue to serve our most vulnerable populations. We could not do it without you!
Colleen L. Rodriguez, LCSW