Yes, Our Community is Impacted

There exists a gross misimpression that the Jewish community is immune from many of the social ills affecting affecting general society. Alcholism, gambling, domestic voiolence...and now opiod abuse. Our community is no less affected by these issues than any community.

Les K. was doing well. Two children, a nice house, stable family relatonships. Until Les injured his back. His back injury led to a perscription for a pain killer. And then a back operation. It's an all too familiar story. Quickly Les spiraled into a life of perscription drug addiction. The good job was gone. His wife filed for divorce. His children would not have anythjing to do with him. Finally, Les was admitted for treatment. After discharge, with no place to go, he turned to his elderly mother. He was on a wait list for a half-way house but until then would be essentially homeless. Responding to a call from a local politician, Jewish Social Service stepped in. We found Les a modest motel and were able to keep him in a room for a week until approval was granted by the state agency for Les to go to the halfway home. Yes, it does happen in our community. Our all volunteer group is there to help whenever we can.

Food Vouchers for the Elderly...and the young

More than 10% of seniors in the United States go hungry every night. Since Middlesex County has one of the highest populations of seniors in the country, that number is only higher. And we at JSS know, in contrast to popular belief, there are poor Jews...and especially poor elderly Jews. Every month we send between $1000 and $1500 in food vouchers to members of our community. They are the elderly and they are families with children. We will not knowingly allow anyone in our community to go to bed hungry.

28 children sent to Day Camp

With the help of a special grant from ourpartners at the Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ, JSS was able to provide 28 children with partial camp scholarships.

The number one criteria was need, based on the parent needing to stay home from work to care for the child. We do everything we can to encourage work and looking for work. By providing a scholarship, several parents were able to continue their hours at their job or continue their job seeking efforts.   The second criteria is the situation at home and the  evaluation that the child needs some time away from a stressful or unhappy situation. 

Over $22,000 was invested in this program, $8,000 coming from Federation. The letters and cards we receive from some of the children are heart wrenching. For many, it is the only jouful and positive expierience they have expierienced in the past year.

Hospitalized with Asthma...returns home to 95 degrees

P.S. was hospitalized with severe asthma for three days. She was released from the hospital during the most recent heat wave. When she returned home, she discovered her air conditioning not working. Her doctor said she must be in an air conditioned enviornment or she would return to the hospital. The A/C company would not touch the unit without an up front payment. She telephoned JSS in tears, fearing a return to the hospital...or worse. JSS contacted the A/C company and negotiated payment. The unit was repaired and she avoided another hospital stay (and the costs).

Hospitalized with Asthma...returns home to 95 degrees

P.S. was hospitalized with severe asthma for three days. She was released from the hospital during the most recent heat wave. When she returned home, she discovered her air conditioning not working. Her doctor said she must be in an air conditioned enviornment or she would return to the hospital. The A/C company would not touch the unit without an up front payment. She telephoned JSS in tears, fearing a return to the hospital...or worse. JSS contacted the A/C company and negotiated payment. The unit was repaired and she avoided another hospital stay (and the costs).