JFCS Thanks Community

This Letter to the Editor appeared on NJ.com on 3/30/2015.

On behalf of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County, I offer my gratitude for the overwhelming community support of the 2015 Illumination Ball, which took place Feb. 28, at the Westin Princeton Forrestal Village. The sponsors, guests, auction donors and committee members truly… Click here to read the whole letter!

Members Give


For American Express cardholders – Members Give allows you to use any American Express® Card to make a donation to JFCS. Donations can be made in dollars or, if you are enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program*, you can redeem your points for a donation. If you are enrolled in an American Express Loyalty program, you can earn valuable rewards with virtually every dollar you donate. Visit the special JFCS Members Give Page for more information and to make a donation.* Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards program apply. Visit membershiprewards.com/terms for more information.

Tzedakah Baskets

centerpiecesJFCS offers a unique way for your family to help others as you celebrate! Beautiful baskets are great for all of your special celebrations: Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Birthdays, Sweet 16’s, Luncheons, Anniversaries.

For full details, see the program flyer.

Table Size Basket – Minimum Donation – $25

Bimah Size Basket – Minimum donation – $70

Donations are tax deductible. Call Denise Cheskis at (609) 987-8100. x128

For more information about making a donation to Jewish Family & Children’s Service click here.

Illumination Ball – A Memorable Evening!

On February 28th, 2015, JFCS hosted 550 members of our community at the Illumination Ball. Everyone came together to honor our local Holocaust survivors and celebrate their courage and strength. We wanted to share their stories with you.

Please click on the video link below and hear the stories of strength and courage.

JFCS provides critical services to the Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable community members.  Only with your contributions can we help them – we ask you to care about these neighbors, friends whose lives are difficult and to be generous. Please make your donation today!

Warm wishes,

Linda Meisel, Executive Director

Secure@Home Wins 2014 Kovod Award

Secure@Home team members with the 2014 Kovod Award.
L to R: Beverly Rubman (Lawrenceville, NJ), Chaplain; Beth Hammer (Kendall Park, NJ), LCSW Geriatric Care Manager; Andrea Gaynor (Princeton, NJ), LCSW Geriatric Care Manager; Beth Englezos (Plainsboro, NJ), Program Manager; Melissa Sodowick (Washington Crossing, PA), MSW Geriatric Care Manager

Princeton, NJ  (July 2, 2014) – Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County is pleased to announce that its Secure@Home program, which helps older adults age safely, comfortably and independently in their own homes, has won the 2014 Kovod Award, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Family Agencies.  The award was won in the category of Sustained Success: Programs with Staying Power.

Founded in 2007, Secure@Home home is a non-profit, non-sectarian membership program that promotes “aging in place” by offering an umbrella of services including geriatric care management by licensed social workers, assessment, care planning, 24/7 emergency availability, monthly hellos, wellness programs, volunteer help, medication management, chaplaincy services and information and referral.  Specifically, Secure@Home’s care managers assess for health issues, home safety and various needs for assistance, including transportation, home modification, home care, coordinating continuing care from a hospital or rehabilitation facility to home, and/or advocacy.

Over the past seven years, Secure@Home has provided direct services to a total of 419 seniors (ages 54 – 101) in 283 households in greater Mercer County, NJ.  “Client satisfaction surveys consistently report that our program offers peace of mind for both older adults and their families and rates our 24/7 availability as our most important service,” says Executive Director Linda Meisel.

The Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies is a membership organization for Jewish human service agencies in the United States and Canada.  The award recognizes Secure@Home as a program which has withstood the test of time and one that has a proven track record.  AJFCA guidelines state that the agency “should demonstrate consistent effectiveness of the program, sustained community engagement with the program and/or the continued relevance of the program to the target population.“

For more information, contact Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8121.

Click here for more information about Secure@Home.