2019 is quickly coming to an end and the New Year is right around the corner.

The end of every year end brings a sense of reflection, but when we stand at the precipice of an entire new decade, we are even more prone to contemplation.

Although I was not a part of JFCS 10 years ago, in my four years as Executive Director I can see that JFCS is not the agency it was in 2010. I am incredibly proud of how the agency – our Board of Directors, our dedicated staff members, and the community of supporters who make our work possible – have all adapted to the changing needs in Mercer County.

In the last year, the agency has made incredible strides expanding the reach of our programs to better serve those in need of mental health counseling, seniors in need of supportive services to remain in their homes, and individuals and families desperately in need of access to nutritious resources found in our food pantry.

What will the new year and new decade bring for JFCS?

The possibilities are endless but I do know that….

Our counseling department will continue to grow and be available to those who need therapy. Our team includes bilingual counselors who can provide mental health therapy in Spanish. Additionally, JFCS is one of the handful of options in Greater Mercer County available to individuals who have Medicare, Medicaid or are uninsured.

The senior services team remains dedicated to older adults who wish to remain in their home as long as possible. They ensure that seniors can age with dignity through our array of elder care solutions – grocery delivery to homebound seniors, provision of nutritious meals to low-income seniors at Kosher Cafés, and comprehensive geriatric care through our membership program Secure@Home.

Our food pantry will expand beyond the office walls in 2020 with the official launch of the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry. The team at JFCS recognized the challenges people face in accessing the brick-and-mortar food pantries and food banks available in Mercer County, and developed a solution. JFCS is bringing the resources of our food pantry directly to the people who need it most.

I invite you to grow with our agency into the next decade – it is only through the dedication of our volunteers, our donors, our partners that our agency can continue to serve this community.

Michelle Napell,
Executive Director