Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
The grant will expand a successful pilot program with frail older adults connecting them to vital services and a support lifeline through technology. Funding will support staffing and provide Chromebooks and internet so elderly clients can access services.
To support emergency relief in response to COVID-19.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, JFS has seen a significant increase in requests for food, cash assistance, and mental health services, particularly from seniors. They had to close their congregate meal sites and shifted to home-delivered meals. They created a second shift at their Hirsh Kosher Kitchen to produce 14 meals instead of five per week and are delivering over 8,000 frozen meals per week to homebound seniors. They are also delivering SOVA grocery boxes to over 1,100 households in addition to their on-site distribution, and there are 1,000 new households receiving groceries from SOVA.
LIFE @ Home (Living, Inspired, Fit, and Engaged) supports greater connectivity between homebound Holocaust survivors and the wider community through the use of cutting-edge technology to access a blend of supportive services, including social, educational, and holiday programs, improving quality of life and enabling them to age-in-place with dignity and grace.
The JFS (Jewish Family Service) Lois and Richard Gunther Center will transform JFS's current Fairfax campus into a flagship service center that provides fully integrated health, mental health, and human services for older adults under one roof. It will more than double JFS's current program space and allow JFS to increase the number of clients served annually.