As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, here in our community, JFCS commits to sharing Help, Hope & Healing during these challenges times. This page will be regularly updated with information, resources, articles, and tools to help all work through the impact of this global health crisis.
Call in to 609-987-8100 and Dial 0 to be connected to available counselor.
Drop-In Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 10 AM – 12 PM / Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 – 7 PM
Community Weekly Webinars
UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS
THURSDAYS at 9:30 AM Zoom Event: Social Support Group (For Older Adults)
Drop-in to connect and share with others who are feeling the emotional and psychological impacts of isolation during COVID-19 restrictions. Shirley Bellardo, LCSW, LCADC (Director of Clinical Services) will help facilitate the conversations, provide resources and advice. There is no formal structure, you are invited to speak, listen, and learn.
REGISTER NOW Registration link valid for all future sessions
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TUESDAY JULY 14 at 5:00 PM Zoom Event: Youth Mindfulness Group (Age 6 – 10)
Julie Bond, LAMFT will lead this program for youth 6 – 10 years old. There is no multi-week commitment needed and children can drop-in when they wish. Julie will guide the young participants through age-appropriate mindfulness discussions and techniques.
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WEDNESDAY JULY 15 at 3:00 PM Zoom Event: Pandemic Parenting Group
This group will offer parents a chance to share their struggles, challenges, and, yes, successes during the pandemic. Whether you want to get something off your chest to sympathetic and helpful ears, pose questions, offer summer-fun ideas, or learn of new-to-you parenting strategies, this group is for you. The struggle is real, but you’re not alone in it! Facilitated by Claire Brown, LSW.
VIEW PAST WEBINARS
How to Develop Emotional Resilience: Watch Now
Mental Health and Our Emotions: Watch Now
Grieving the Loss of Normal: Watch Now
Pandemic Parenting: Tools for Now & After: Watch Now
Seven Important Documents for Seniors: Watch Now
For Teens: Dealing with the Loss of Missed Experiences: Watch Now
Practical Skills for Stress Management: Watch Now
For Teens: Managing Stress & Anxiety in the “New Normal”: Watch Now
Addressing Anxiety During COVID-19: Watch Now
Honoring the Holidays While Apart: Watch Now
What We Learn & How We Grow: Watch Now
Keeping Active & Engaged Through Social Distancing/Shelter-in-Place & Work from Home
Important Notice About Emergency Healthcare during COVID-19
How to Make Sure you Receive Your Stimulus Check
JFCS Recommendations for Youth & Teens - Spring Break
Tips for Working from Home Effectively
Help With Mercer Mask Project
Financial Community Resources
COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NJ)
Social Security Administration - Notice on Services
On behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA), know that during the current coronavirus pandemic, SSA continues to provide help to you and others in your community.
While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services. SSA asked me to let you know that they remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security matters. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or their National 800 Number. They provide local office phone numbers conveniently online with their Social Security Office Locator.
SSA also wants you to know they have many secure and convenient online services to:
- Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits,
- Check the status of an application or appeal,
- Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas),
- Print a benefit verification letter, and
- Much more.
Most business with SSA can be done online, but they know that many people still rely on phone or in-person help. That’s why they want you to know you can still count on them by phone. And, if you have a critical situation they cannot help you with by phone or online, they may be able to schedule an appointment for you.
If you need help from SSA, please don’t wait until they can see you in person. Reach out now and get the help you need.
Lastly, SSA also understands that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic. So, they are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible.
Mercer County Financial Assistance: Arm in Arm (Housing and Utilities)
Mercer County Financial Assistance: HomeFront (Housing only)
Financial Assistance for Hightstown/East Windsor Residents ONLY (Housing and Utilities)
Resources for Older Adults
Mercer County Offers Checks for Fresh Produce to Qualifying Older Adults
On July 1, 2020 Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that older adults in Mercer County again will have the opportunity to receive fresh-produce checks that will enable them to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands.
In order to keep older adults and their families safe during this pandemic, the staff from the Mercer County Office on Aging have had to change the process for receiving checks.
Call 609-989-6661 and speak with a staff member or leave a message with your phone number so we can return the call. This year each person will receive six $5 checks for a total $30 and are valid until Nov. 30, 2020. Checks will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.
When you call the office, be prepared to:
Give us your name and address to verify you live in Mercer County
State your date of birth to verify you are 60 years of age and older
Verify that your income is within the eligibility qualifications listed below:
A single person’s income must not exceed $23,606 per year or $1,968 monthly; a couple’s income must not exceed $31,894 per year or $2,658 monthly.
The Office on Aging staff will then direct you as to how you can secure your checks. Connect via email with any questions.
Older Americans Month Activities
Medicaid Programs - A Summary
Guide for Caregivers during Coronavirus
Expert Advice on How to Live Under Restricted Movements
CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies
Offering Free Delivery of prescriptions. Contact your location to make arrangements.
Transportation for Doctor/Medical Appointments ONLY (TRADE)
Additional Information Regarding Grocery Store Hours in NJ
Boosting Morale of a Loved One Sheltered-in-Place/Quarantined
Available for Non-emergency Medical Transport (Regular Doctor’s Appointments, Dialysis and More) Call: 732-735-6120 or Email: Transport@WilfCampus.org
McCaffrey’s Food Market (All locations)
Curbside pickup now available at all locations.
Target (all locations)
Wednesdays will reserve the first hour of operation for older adults/those with compromised immune systems or health conditions. Target also offers Drive-Up orders to be placed, where a team member will deliver your order to the car in the parking lot. You can also enroll in Shipt, the same-day delivery service specific to Target stores.
Stop & Shop (all locations)
Open daily from 6 – 7:30 AM for older adults.
Whole Earth Center Princeton
Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 9 AM seniors only, Sunday 9 – 10 AM seniors only. Number of shoppers in store limited to 50 at a time. The stores asks those who bring their own bags to also bag their items to limit contact for employees.
Mental Health Resources
How to Get Therapy When You Can't Leave the House
And remember, JFCS now offers Drop-In Hours Monday – Friday for a 30-minute consult with a counselor. We continue to accept new patients for teletherapy. Call us at 609-987-8100.
Hitting the Wall: Why You're Feeling Exhausted and Unfocused Working from Home
Why Zoom Chats are Exhausting - Fighting Zoom Fatigue
Helping Teens Deal with Anxiety During COVID-19
National Alliance on Mental Illness Resource Guide
Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus
Helping Children Cope
Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety During Coronavirus
How to Protect Your Mental Health During the Chaos of Coronavirus
Managing Anxiety During an Outbreak
Weathering the Storm – Special Free Content from Headspace
Coping with COVID-19 for First Responders
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Hotline:
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
If you are forced to quarantine in an unsafe environment – resources including: National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 / New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-572-SAFE (7233)
Introduction to Meditation
Online AA Resource & Meetings
Local, State and National Resources For COVID-19
Mercer County Testing Sites
PennMedicine COVID-19 Hotline
NJ Department of Health 24/7 Hotline