JFS is here to ensure individuals and families can safely access the resources and services needed to weather this crisis. If you need assistance, call the JFS Navigator line at 913-327-8250 or email email@example.com. All services are by appointment.
While our offices have closed to the public, our services and programs have pivoted to virtual or contactless connections.
We have taken precautions to assure all staff, volunteers and clients remain healthy and safe. To date, we have not had any positive COVID-19 results from our regular testing of direct service staff.
We are workng closely with Jackson (MO) and Johnson (KS) counties to provide up-to-date information where to obtain your Covid-19 vaccine. Find current information about getting your vaccine and how you can help support vaccination efforts – from providing a ride to a JFS older adult client to volunteering as a vaccinator HERE
By-the-Numbers: Updated JFS COVID-Relief Report (12/1/2020)
Kesher KC Food Pantries
Both Kesher KC Food Pantries in Overland Park and Brookside East in Kansas City are well-stocked and open. Groceries, pet supplies and other provisions are available by appointment on a drive-up basis. Delivery is available to older adults who are unable to leave their homes and live within our service area.
Support for Basic Needs
Social workers are meeting clients virtually to assist people not only challenged with food, but also with housing, employment, medical and financial insecurity. If you are experiencing difficulties meeting basic needs, please call to confidentially discuss resources to help improve your financial security.
Mental Health Support
Mental health counselors are providing therapy by video or telephonically. If you are in need of emotional support or counseling, mental health services are available, accessible, and provided regardless of ability to pay.
Mental health and wellness resources including suicide prevention are also available at youbeyou.us
Older Adult Services
Care managers are ensuring older adults have access to food and other necessities, medication, essential transportation and home repair services. Calling Connections volunteers are providing regular social support with check-in calls.
Services Update Letter from Don Goldman, Executive Director (March 16, 2020)
In-person events have been be canceled for the foreseeable future. Many have transitioned to online formats. For a list of events, check our website calendar.
The Food Pantry is accepting in-kind food donations. No-contact drop-off is offered in donation barrels at The JCC, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. or Brookside East, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. If your company or organization would like to host a Food Drive, please contact Jo Hickey, JFS Food Pantry director at (913) 327-8257 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grief & Loss Support Group meets virtually twice monthly. >> More information.
Our volunteers have pivoted to accommodate our new health and safety protocols and many are transitioning to assist with new programs and opportunities. To learn how you can make a difference, fill out our volunteer application and a member of our Volunteer Engagement team contact you to discuss opportunities or email email@example.com.
Looking for something to do with kids? Check out tips to make Sunshine Cards for older adults and other people in our community. A great activity with kids or for teens to do on their own.
Parent-Teen Communication in Challenging Times, Susie Hurst, JFS Director of Family Life Education
Connecting with Older Adults during COVID-19, Molly McGurk, JFS Director of Mental Health Services
Relaxation Techniques for Teens & Others (PDF)
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus, Kerry Scott, JFS Therapist
Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
We are helping thousands of Kansas Citians who have been severely and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. It has threatened their abilities to pay rent, utilities and access food, as well as taken a toll on their mental health.
Your tax-deductible gift to JFS will help us reach every person who needs us – today and tomorrow. Please consider making an online donation here. For more information about other ways to donate including individual and corporate partnerships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.