In the Brookside office, JFS is restructuring how clients visit the Food Pantry. In our attempt to look at the whole-person requirements of our clients, information is offered that might help them address necessities that go beyond food.
The positive impact we see began with the recent launch of the “Kesher KC” initiative. Maggie Haghirian, Kesher KC Director and her team, have honed this program to connect people more effectively with our full range of resources. She shares, “This will allow us to identify and address gaps in services and build stronger relationships with the people we serve.”
With help from partners, our Community Connections Fair offered assistance to clients for:
- their health, (American Heart Association)
- their spending plan or financial concerns, (First Federal Bank of Kansas City)
- their food resources, (Harvesters)
- their mental health support (JFS Counseling)
- their job searches (JFS Employment)
- transitions and referrals as they age or help with Medicare (JFS Older Adult Services and Medicare Counseling)
- help with payment plans (KCP&L)
- affordable dental or medical needs (Sesame)
- medical insurance options (United Behavioral Health)
These and other providers offer a wall of resource materials that clients can peruse and utilize as they need.
There are many staff and volunteers involved to help make this program a benefit to our clients. Moshit Snir, Food & Shelter Social Worker, claims, “Clients appreciate being greeted as they arrive, being guided through the initial questions, and help to assess their individual needs.”
Kesher means connection in Hebrew, and it is the spirit of relationship that defines the program.
Program goals include:
- Engaging meaningfully with individuals and families challenged by food, housing, and financial insecurity.
- Connecting and linking individuals and families with the resources and services they require.
- Facilitating staff and volunteers to bring coordinated, affirming services to those in need.
JFS had 50 clients attend a recent fair. We are hoping to offer the program again and include the Food Pantry at the Jewish Community Campus.
For further information, contact Info@jfskc.org or call 913-327-8250.