Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service is Here For You

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a global pandemic that poses a threat to public health and is having an effect on the safety and well-being of our family, friends, and neighbors.

The dynamic, ever-evolving situation means that we’re facing some unique challenges on how we do what we do best: helping people in our community. We are confronting this ever-changing situation by taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our clients, visitors, staff, volunteers, and colleagues. This means following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for gatherings and social distance, as well as utilizing technology to bring people together.

We have enhanced our cleaning protocols throughout all our facilities and evaluated all of our internal and external activities. We have made many of the activities on our community calendar virtual. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we experience this unprecedented emergency, and will continue to communicate with you about changes to scheduled programs and activities. In the meantime, please visit our Events page; perhaps you will want to join us for one — or more — of several support groups that we have online during COVID-19.

Alpert JFS has been here for the community in times of challenge for the last 46 years, and we’re here for you during the current health crisis. You can continue to turn to us for support with behavioral health, caregiver support, senior services, and long-term care.  If you’re experiencing additional challenges with our “new normal,” please know that you aren’t alone in your feelings of worry or experience of tense moments. We are all in this together.

We are actively monitoring the latest news available on COVID-19 in real-time, and encourage you to look for updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the FL Dept of Health.

If you or a neighbor need assistance, please call our main office at 561-684-1991.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.


Click HERE to read Dr. Elaine Rotenberg’s article

Living Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic




Alpert Jewish Family Service is offering Free Virtual support Groups during COVID-19, including:


Compass has virtual youth meetings for LGBTQ+ students as well as Trans* students. Contact Amanda Canete or Lucas O’Ryan for more information. compassglcc.com/covid/

Children’s Service Council (CSC) is offering many virtual programs regarding children. Sign up on the CSC web site by providing your email. www.cscpbc.org/

Legal aid is offering Zoom webinars on a variety of topics. Visit their website to register: https://legalaidpbc.org/

Palm Beach County Victim Services Victims of Sexual assault should go to Butterfly House, rather than an Emergency Room. https://palmbeachcan.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/the-butterfly-house/

Contact Palm Beach County Behavioral Health Coalition (PBCBHC) if you’d like to add any training program open to the public on their community calendar. Phone 561-374-7627 for more information or email [email protected].


Here is a list of local, national, federal and international resources and links to keep you informed as we go through this health crisis:

Palm Beach County Department of Health

For all your questions about the coronavirus also known as COVID-19, you can email the Florida Health Department at [email protected] or call the COVID-19 call center that’s available 24/7:  1 (866) 779-6121

Palm Beach County Government

A Palm Beach County Executive Order, effective as of Thursday, June 25, 2020, requires a mask or face cover-up. Read the details here: http://discover.pbcgov.org/Lists/Newsroom/NewsDispForm.aspx?ID=2933&RootFolder=/Lists/Newsroom&Source=http://discover.pbcgov.org/Pages/default.aspx

Please check the Palm Beach County website, www.pbcgov.com, for links to the latest COVID-19 updates, reopening plans, and to submit a public comment for an upcoming Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Meeting.

Learn about COVID-19 contact information, status of county departments operations, online resources, Palm Beach County and state orders, testing sites, updates, and view videos and a list of what’s open — and what’s not.
NOTE: Palm Beach County Fire and Rescue will be doing COVID-19 Testing for home-bound Special Needs seniors and the disabled, starting with people already registered for the special Needs Shelter. Registration is highly suggested to be able to be tested at home. Doctors input is required.

The City of West Palm Beach also has links to share what’s open and closed in its environs and beyond, information about ordering meals, registering for food distribution, reemployment assistance, and recovery assistance for small businesses at https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information, along with a Non-Profit Directory that provides information on economic support and recovery, food/water/medicine, resources for housing, along with seniors, children and families, found at https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-start-page/covid-19-non-profits-directory

Senior Assistance
The town of Wellington has a Senior Call Center, operated by the Community Services office only for Wellington residents 60+ years. call 561-791-4796 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Find more information about prescriptions, groceries, transportation and meals for seniors at https://www.wellingtonfl.gov/751/COVID-19-Senior-Assistance

Stay informed with the COVID-19 Resource Hub from Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, with information PPP, testing sites, free food resources, and more! Visit http://www.yourcommunityfoundation.org/covid19info.

Division of Emergency Management

The Emergency Operations Center is currently at level II – Partial Activation. The partial activation means that selected county staff and partners will work from the EOC to support county operations dealing with COVID-19.

School District


The School Food Service summer feeding program begins on Tuesday, June 2, at 50 school locations throughout the School District. On Thursday, June 4, and through the summer, food distribution will expand to 52 school locations. Food distribution is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Each day, parents and guardians who pick up food will receive a kit with three days’ worth of meals for each child. Meals are FREE to anyone 18 years of age and younger (22 years of age and younger for ESE students), regardless of financial need.

Social distancing guidelines are being adhered to. Drivers are asked to open the trunk of their car or leave a seat open where staff can place the food. Walkers should remember to maintain a distance of at least six feet.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided a waiver to allow parents/guardians to pick up meals without the child present, providing confirmation of the number of children for whom they are picking up meals via student ID, student passport, student library card, student birth certificate, or a photo of the adult with the student(s). Meals may not be picked up in bulk for multiple families.

Adults picking up the food are asked to be vigilant about allergens and ensure they do not take food if allergies may be a concern. Food should be refrigerated or discarded if not consumed upon receipt.

Learn more at https://www.palmbeachschools.org/news/what_s_new/feeding_sites_open_during_school_closure

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

General non-emergency number call: 561-688-3000
Emergency call: 911

The Health Care District

Testing available to anyone in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Delray Beach, and Belle Glade. Call 561-642-1000 for an appointment.


Offers a full listing of all agencies, health and social services in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. Visit www.211.palmbeach.org

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

Offers shopping assistance for seniors and the disabled. Reach out to the helpline at 866-684-5885 to get connected. The ADRC will also work to help with home-delivered meals and Medicare needs through the SHINE program. Visit  www.youragingresourcecenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.covid-19 for more information.

Health Council of Southeast Florida

Can assist with a Florida KidCare health insurance application or assistance. Visit www.floridakidcare.org to apply with code HCSEF. For additional assistance, email [email protected] or call 561-469-8202.

Cross Ministries Food Pantries

Bring a photo ID and ID for all family members. Call 211 to verify pantry hours of operations.

Food donations are currently being accepted at the warehouse in Lake Worth. Contact the administration office at 561-233-9009, x103 for warehouse hours.


Cross Ministries Caring Kitchen Meal Program

Providing “to go” meals in Delray Beach. Visit https://www.crosministries.org/caring-kitchen for times of operation and locations.

Educational Opportunties
  • First responders and essential workers can complete an application and apply for scholarships to The Early Learning Coalition. Visit https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/ for more information.
  • Easterseals is enrolling participants for their STRIVE Hospitality Program, serving individuals with a disability 16+ years of age, with virtual classes currently being offered. Contact employment Consultant Neal Rosenthal at [email protected].
  • Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (FAU CARD) will offer summer trainings with links on their web site: www.autism.fau.edu. Contact Kerry Wittel at [email protected] for more information.



Stay informed with the COVID-19 Resource Hub from Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, with information PPP, testing sites, free food resources, and more! Visit http://www.yourcommunityfoundation.org/covid19info.

The Health Care District

Testing available to anyone in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Delray Beach, and Belle Glade. Call 561-642-1000 for an appointment.


Offers a full listing of all agencies, health and social services in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. Visit www.211.palmbeach.org

Martin County Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. If you’ve returned from ANY international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days and you’re sick, call your health care provider or Martin County Health Department at 772-221-4000. A COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1 (866) 779-62121 or [email protected]flhealth.gov.

Martin County Government

Partnering with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Martin County is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19.

Martin County’s Community Information Center is staffed to answer questions regarding county business, general information from elected officials and constitutional officers, and community partners, including the Martin County School District, as it relates to COVID-19.  You can reach the Community Information Center at 772-287-1652 daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You can find a COVID-19 Resource Toolkit with outreach materials on the county’s web site. http://martin.floridahealth.gov/


Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is now performing drive-through testing at Martin North Hospital for influenza and COVID-19 by appointment only. Testing will only be performed for individuals who meet FDOH criteria for COVIID-19. Individuals who may have symptoms must call 772-419-3360 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For additional information, visit http:/martinhealth.org.

Actions Taken by Martin County


Martin County Public Transit Service

MARTY, Martin County’s public transit service, will continue to provide service for riders performing essential activities. Increased cleaning and disinfecting will continue to be performed on all vehicles and at bus stops with seating.

Individuals utilizing public transit shall adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regards to social distancing. Passengers should make every effort to sit or stand at least six feet from any other passenger and the bus operator. Individuals that are sick are asked NOT to board MARTY vehicles.

Effective April 13, Route 1 is operating on a reduced schedule until further notice.

Martin County Utilities

In-person services will be temporarily suspended, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Ways to make a utilities payment:

School District

The Martin County School District joins all K-12 school campuses in the state as closed for the remainder of the school year, with Distance Learning continuing.



Offers a full listing of all agencies, health and social services in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. Visit www.211.palmbeach.org

Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County

A COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7. Phone 1-866-779-6121 or email [email protected]

Find your COVID-19 Toolkit at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump

Log onto https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ to learn what you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida, and see the latest outbreak data.

You can contact the department at 772-462-3800 or http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov/

St. Lucie Public Schools

All K-12 school campuses in the state remain closed for the rea

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services

View days and locations for free “Grab & Go” Meals for children from St. Lucie Public School Nutrition Services. Meals will be prepped, bagged and brought to the bus loop area, allowing parents to drive through and pick up meals for their children. Meals will be provided to children in the car up to 18 years of age. Children must be present in the car to receive meals. Child Nutrition Services staff will be handing out the meals; families are to remain in the car.

For more information, phone 772-429-3600 or visit https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/

St. Lucie County Parks & Recreation/Environmental Resources

All scheduled events and activities are canceled through March 30, including Regional parks and stadiums.

Public parks and preserves are open until further notice. Fairwinds Golf Course operations remain the same until further notice.


Bars & Nightclubs

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing Governor DeSantis’ directive that all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida close for the next 30 days, as well as providing further guidance.


The Governor is directing parties accessing public beaches in the State of Florida to follow CDC guidelines and limit gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Restaurants & Lodging

You can find the latest information on advocacy and industry alerts, watch webinars, and learn about operating restrictions and executive orders, as well as see a message from the Restaurant & Lodging Association’s COVID-19 Resource Center at

Help for Small Businesses

Governor DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), it will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period is open through May 8, 2020.

The DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ. Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the survey is not an application for assistance; businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.

Florida Department of Health

Number and types of COVID-19 cases in Florida

Grocery Delivery Services

Many stores allow for grocery pick up or even deliver to your doorstep. Check out the links below:
Costco: https://www.costco.com/grocery-household.html
Walmart Grocery: https://grocery.walmart.com/
AmazonFresh: https://www.amazon.com/alm/storefront?
Hungryroot: https://www.hungryroot.com/
FreshDirect: https://www.freshdirect.com/index.jsp?serviceType=HOME
Instacart: https://www.instacart.com/
Brandless: https://brandless.com/
Shipt: https://www.shipt.com/?noredirect
Peopod: https://www.peapod.com/
Boxed: https://www.boxed.com/

Center for Disease Control – CDC


En Español: Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

Encuentre aquí toda la información sobre el Coronavirus



The World Health Organization

Tracks cases worldwide.




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