JFCS Response to Covid-19, Oregon’s Stay at Home order and current health concerns

The health and safety of our JFCS clients, staff, volunteers and community is our highest priority and we are committed to serving the needs of our clients and community to the very best of our abilities during these unprecedented times. As we face COVID-19 together, our dedication to provide critical programs and support to those in need remains unwavering. Experts predict that this ongoing threat to health and economy will most profoundly impact the most vulnerable, the populations we have committed to serving. As we are all able to see, our community is disrupted on an unimaginable scale. While this is deeply impactful for all of us, be assured that JFCS is here, to support, to care and to connect us all in this time of rapid and evolving change.

We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and are taking guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization and the Oregon Health Authority as we proceed. We urge our community to follow Oregon’s Stay At Home directive as best possible, understanding that this is a challenge for us all and that we have a collective responsibility to care for each other as best possible. We believe that these guidelines are in place for the safety and wellbeing of us all.

Our offices are currently closed to the public but the JFCS team is continuing to provide vital services through the modified programming below.

Program Updates:

As a Social Service Agency, centered around the delivery of Mental Health services, we are adapting our programs and creating new and innovative ways to safely engage with the populations that we serve. We are committed to providing vital care and connection, especially in times such as these.

Modified Service Programs

Counseling:

Our Counselors are able to continue services through telephonic or Zoom therapy sessions, allowing for ongoing care in each client’s home.

Community Resource Groups led by our Counseling team will be occurring on a regular basis through Zoom teleconferencing, providing a space for us to come together, to commiserate and to comfort.

Disabilities:

Clients are receiving ongoing support from program leadership, with consistent well-checks.

We are exploring ways to continue Tikvah events through remote socialization.

Holocaust Services:

Homecare Services continue for the Holocaust survivors that we serve, with deep care taken to respect social distancing protocols as best possible while continuing care for this valuable population.

Case Managers are connecting daily with their clients, providing continuity and care in this time of upheaval.

We are working to provide ongoing and stable food resources for our clients in order to keep vulnerable people safe in their homes.

Emergency Aid:

Alongside the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, JFCS has reinvigorated their Emergency Assistance program with funding to provide limited gifts for emergency needs.

JFCS has created a remote intake system in order to best serve our community as a whole.

With a full-time Emergency Aid Case Manager, JFCS is working with our community partners in and beyond the Jewish community to create stronger and more tangible relief efforts for our clients.

Volunteers:

Friendly Callers, a program designed to create connection and foster community has begun reaching out to community members who would like a friendly phone call once a week.

JFCS Community Connection around Covid-19

The one constant that everyone has in common is that everything is swiftly changing. We’re all learning a new lifestyle of social distancing, self-isolation and ever-constant hand washing. None of us ever realized how many times a day we touched our faces until recently and 2019’s stocked shelves of toilet paper and Lysol wipes feels like a distant memory. Some of us are figuring out how to home school our children, while others are learning how to digitally connect for the first time.

Join JFCS for weekly conversations about the challenges and anxieties of pandemic living, coping skills to help balance out our daily lives and ideas on how to connect with our community in this digital social world!

Weekly through Zoom with password 021000, or zoom.us with meeting ID: 606 166 438.

Group Communication tips:
Thumb/finger system: When someone has a question or comment they will put their thumb up. The next person with who wants to speak will raise their thumb and index finger to show they are second, and so on
People can use the chat feature of Zoom to write in their questions or discussion topics.

There is NO NEED to sign up for a Zoom account (but you can and it is free). 
However, YOU DO NEED TO DOWNLOAD THE APP (by smart phone from the play store or app store, or on computer at www.zoom.us — We recommend doing this a few minutes early.)

Community Resources:

What is COVID-19

The CDC COVID-19 Update page

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s Covid-19 Resource Page

A Portland Tenant’s Guide to Legally Withholding April Rent