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.

See Palm Beach County’s Interactive Testing Map with more than 50 testing sites here. It can help you find the closest private or community-based testing location. Several of the sites are government-supported and have free testing with a variety of restrictions and processes. Many others are private labs, urgent care facilities or pharmacies that will bill your insurance.

Here is a list of PBC Testing Sites:

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

Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches has temporarily adjusted operations once-a-week deliveries of a multi-pack of frozen dinner and three breakfast meals to ensure the continued health and safety of the vulnerable senior population they serve, as well volunteers who are over 60 years of age. They have also opened temporary meal service eligibility to seniors who are normally mobile and able to shop for themselves, in an effort to minimize their exposure to COVID-19.
To inquire about eligibility and setup service please call (561) 802-6979 ext. 6.


The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, through its Community Services Department (CSD), will provide direct assistance for food to eligible residents of Palm Beach County under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Pre-paid debit cards will be issued to approved residents to purchase food. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140% Area Median Income (AMI) may apply. The one-time benefit allowance is based on household size and maximum amounts are $400 for 1-2 household members, $800 for 3-4 household members, and $1,000 for five (5)or more household members. Only one card per household; all expenditures must be made by the end of December.

Evidence — in the form of last pay stub, last filed tax return, valid government-issued ID and Social Security card — is required. Individuals who received assistance for rental and utility services thru the Covid Cares program may apply for the food assistance without uploading additional documentation.

Eligible residents may apply for food assistance at www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS. Phone the CSD’s Contact Center at (561) 355-4792 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.

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 anticipated last day of school would be June 18, 2021.

Student grab-and-go meals are available at 173 District-operated and charter schools on Tuesdays (three days of meals provided) and Thursdays (two days of meals distributed) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A facial covering or mask is required when picking up meals at any food or distribution site.
Breakfast is free for every student.
Visit https://www.palmbeachschools.org/students_parents/reopening_schools/schoolmeals for more information about meal costs, establishing a School Cash Online account, and to apply for free and reduced lunch (one application per family required).

See a guide to the new school year — COVID-19 Guidance Document for 2020-2021 — at https://www2.palmbeachschools.org/ebooks/COVID2/#p=1.

Find Distance Learning Resources and Activities at https://www.palmbeachschools.org/students_parents/dl2

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.

Prime Time PBC is hosting FREE virtual summer camp from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. weekdays. Enjoy fun and engaging resources and activities that families can do at home to continue learning. For more information click here.


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].

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

Ways to make a utilities payment:

School District

Traditional (in school) and Remote Learning will be available to Martin County families.
Learn more about Remote Learning and link to the form on their web site.



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

Visit https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/ for the most up-to-date information from the St. Lucie Public Schools.

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

The City of Port St. Lucie removed the barriers to the 20 playgrounds located inside City parks on June 1, 2020.

The City of Port St. Lucie’s three dog parks — Lyngate Park, McChesney Park and Woodland Trails Neighborhood Park — reopened on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.


Phase Two Reopening Guidelines

Entertainment venues with a moderate-to-high risk of community spread re-opened at reduced capacity, with facial coverings, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols. They must operate temporarily at reduced functional capacity, as indicated below:

Bowling alleys – Limit to 50% of total lanes operational; four (4) player per lane (maximum); restricted access to house balls; and non-cohort spectators must sit six (6) feet apart (no standing or congregating).

Escape rooms – Private parties only; no mixed-player games; staggered reservations/start times; maximum six (6) persons per room.

Movie theaters – Up to a maximum of 505 total seating capacity.

Playhouses – 33% total seating capacity.

Skating centers – Maximum of 25 skaters per standard rink; non-cohort spectators must sit six feet apart (no standing or congregating).

Trampoline centers – Limited to 50% of equipment/venue capacity; only one (1) person per trampoline, battle beam, tumble mat, ninja pit, or other attraction/piece of equipment; all shared equipment must be sanitized between patrons; no shared equipment where cleaning between patron contact is not feasible (e.g., dodge ball); no groups/parties/activities larger than 10 people; and non-cohort spectators must sit six feet apart (no standing or congregating).

Other indoor entertainment venues offering, either for participation or observation, recreational opportunities or games of skill in an enclosed building (examples include but are not limited to billiard halls not licensed as bars, indoor soccer, laser tag, axe throwing, and paintball) – 50% equipment venue/capacity; restricted equipment will be clearly prohibited from operation; no shared equipment or high-contact equipment among patrons where cleaning between patrons is not feasible; no groups/parties/activities larger than 10 people; and non-cohort spectators must sit six (6) feet apart (no standing or congregating).

Restaurants and food establishments – Continue indoor service at up to 50% seating capacity; full capacity outdoor seating is permissible, with appropriate physical distancing; bar top meal service permissible with appropriate physical distancing; and restaurants and food establishments may operate up to 50% of their existing billiard tables (i.e., one table or half of all tables, whichever is greater). Restricted tables will be clearly prohibited from operation. Operating hours are restricted to 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 5:00 a.m.

In-store retail sales establishments, museums and libraries, personal services establishments not opened by prior orders, and gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity with appropriate physical distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols implemented.
Tanning, tattooing and body piercing establishments are permitted to open in accordance with the safety guidelines provided by the Florida Department of Health.

All public and private playgrounds and natural areas are open, as follows:
Skate parks and bicycle tracks (with supervision, as determined by park management); playgrounds, water playgrounds, play and exercise equipment; water fountains; volleyball courts; campgrounds may take reservations for stays on or after October 1, 2020; supervised sports facilities with lights may be open after sunset; adult sports activities and leagues are permitted.

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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