JFS In Your Community
This year our commitment to our founding value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, one person, one family at a time, brought us new challenges and opportunities. We’ve adapted to the changing needs of our clients and partners while adjusting to rising inflation, the end of COVID government supports, and increasingly complex needs of our older adults. While we’re proud of all our accomplishments, here are a few highlights of all the good the JFS community put out into the world this year.
KesherMobile: We took our KesherKC model out into three Kansas City area communities and helped 100s of people with food, information, and hands on resources to assist them in the future. We’re so excited to expand in 2023 with plans to reach more underserved communities. Learn more about KesherMobile.
JET Express: JFS provided over 9,000 rides to older adults, an increase of 50% from 2021! Through a collaboration with CARS on the Go and our local Area Agency on Aging, we were able to serve more people outside of our service area through partnerships with Lyft and Uber, which allowed us to get more older adults to their medical appointments, grocery store, activities, and more! Learn more about JET Express.
WipeOut: Over 200 people braved the heat to attend our Summer Wipeout Open House, which marked the first time in two years we opened our Brookside office to the public. Over 3,000 rolls of toilet paper were donated to the JFS pantries at the event and then another 6,000 rolls during our summer drive. Watch our Wipe Out celebration video.
Mental Health: 2022 brought new challenges to our mental health team as we adapted to the so-called post-Covid world. Our counselors and care managers embrace opportunities to better serve their clients, such as providing new support systems with group therapy and learning new skills through diverse trainings. This commitment to providing the best care to our community has a big impact – in a client survey conducted this year, 98% of our clients self reported an improvement in their mental health. Learn more about how our mental health team is using evidence-based programming to support local students.
YOU: Our community members are the heart of our agency. This year we were supported by over 6,000 volunteer hours. Thank you to everyone who gave their time, energy, and passion to JFS this year.
We can’t wait to see what we can do together in 2023! Will you join us with your year-end gift to support all of this programming and so much more?