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Single Mom With Autistic Son Reaches Out For Help

Darlene is a single mother of four children. One of them, her teenage son John, is on the autism spectrum. Darlene struggles with managing John’s behavior, and fears for his safety. She reached out to Alpert Jewish Family Service for help. Darlene spoke with a CALL Line Specialist who helped identify what her specific needs were at the moment to best support her son. The specialist provided referrals to local programs her son could access to develop his daily living […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/single-mom-with-autistic-son-reaches-out-for-help/

Mentoring Success Story: Howard And Jacob Bond Over Cars And More

For Howard Mellman and his mentee, Jacob, it’s all about cars! When he was younger, Jacob collected and built model cars, and Howard raced them semi-professionally for 15 years. Since they were matched through the Judith & Jack Rosenberg Mentoring 4 Kids (M4K) Program of Alpert Jewish Family Service, the two have been inseparable for nearly four years. M4K provides a same-gender role-model for a child between the ages of 6-14 who has lost a significant caregiver through death or […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/mentoring-success-story-howard-and-jacob-bond-over-cars-and-more/

Client Grateful For Wraparound Services of Alpert JFS

Susan is a longtime client of Alpert JFS, who meets regularly with Psychiatrist Dr. James Thompson. With child support as her only income, she struggles to make ends meet. If that wasn’t enough, her ex-husband harasses her constantly, bringing her to court over frivolous things, and she she doesn’t have resources for an attorney. After a recent session, both Dr. Thompson and Behavioral Health Administrative Support Coordinator Jayne Lewis noted the mounting severity of Susan’s emotional state and financial struggles. […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/client-grateful-for-wraparound-services-of-alpert-jfs/

988 Suicide Prevention Dialing Code Starts July 16

Starting tomorrow, July 16, 2022, everyone in the United States can dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Calling, texting, or chatting 988 connects individuals with counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen to callers, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to other resources if necessary. The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) still remains available to people in emotional distress or suicidal […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/988-suicide-prevention-dialing-code-starts-july-16/

5 Essential Tips For A Successful Food Drive

Volunteer Margie Feldman recently mobilized a successful food drive at Coral Lakes, the large 55+ community where she lives with her husband Michael. Her efforts brought in much needed donations, replenishing the shelves of Alpert JFS kosher food pantries in both West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach. But with the steady increase in requests for food from young families to homebound seniors, Margie encourages more individuals to step up. “There’s a crucial demand for food in the community, and we […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/5-essential-tips-for-a-successful-food-drive/

Alpert JFS Partners With MAZON: A Jewish Response To Hunger

The following story appeared in both The Gateway Gazette and the South Florida Jewish Journal. A West Palm Beach-based Jewish social service agency has formed a partnership with a national organization which fights to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. Through the partnership, Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service’s Satell Ending Food Insecurity Emerging Leadership Initiative members have the opportunity to learn from the experts at MAZON: A Jewish Response […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/alpert-jfs-partners-with-mazon-a-jewish-response-to-hunger/

Food Insecurity Explained On Radio Show

Food Insecurity is an often misunderstood and underestimated problem that impacts many people that you may not expect. Belinda Lasky, Director of Volunteer Leadership for Alpert Jewish Family Service, recently joined Scott Greenberg on his radio show, “OMG I’m Getting Older And So Is My Mom” to discuss the problem and what Alpert JFS does to address this very real need. Click here to listen to Belinda Lasky’s interview. https://www.alpertjfs.org/volunteer-leadership-director-featured-on-radio-show/

Meet Tamika Raleigh, Alpert JFS Domestic Abuse Program Director

“A big part of who I am is giving back and building community,” says Tamika Rawleigh, who recently relocated to Florida from Brooklyn, New York to join Alpert Jewish Family Service as its new Domestic Abuse Program Director. “I’m excited to use my talents in a meaningful way that benefits the community.” A New York City native, Tamika was a 16-year veteran of the New York City Department of Education, most recently serving as a Parent Coordinator. “I bridged communications […] https://www.alpertjfs.org/meet-tamika-raleigh-alpert-jfs-domestic-abuse-program-director/

Mental Health First Aid: Lifesaving You Didn’t Learn In School

This recent Op-Ed authored by Cindy Wides, Alpert JFS Director of Mental Health First Aid & Community Outreach, continues to spread the word about the premiere mental health education, training, and support Alpert JFS provides to the Palm Beach County community and beyond. The pieces recently appeared in the Boca Times, Delray Sun, Gateway Gazette, and West Boca Times. https://www.alpertjfs.org/mental-health-first-aid-lifesaving-you-didnt-learn-in-school/
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