Emergency Assistance

Modified Service Programs in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Alongside the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, JFCS has reinvigorated our Emergency Aid program with funding to provide limited gifts for emergency needs.
  • Our Intake Portal is accessible 24/7 to provide greater access to JFCS services and information
  • Our Emergency Aid program works in conjunction with Counseling, Disability Support and Holocaust Survivor services to best provide our clients with the resources they need.

    Emergency Aid

    JFCS Emergency Aid Program helps ensure that individuals and families experiencing difficulties in their lives receive services and have access to resources to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life. Our mission is to address the needs of those in our Jewish community and beyond, to help foster a sense of independence and stability and to provide person-centered trauma informed compassion and care to all those we serve.

    Abby, a single mother with two children in elementary school, was laid off from her retail job due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With both children home full time because their school was closed, Abby felt isolated and overwhelmed by the bills and rapid change happening in her world. Abby turned to her Rabbi for help who in turn referred her to Jewish Family & Child Service.

    When she reached out to JFCS, she received guidance with applying for Unemployment and SNAP as well as financial assistance towards her rent. She was referred to the JFCS Counseling program where she was connected to a counselor and to other community partners for further food resources. By creating a network of support for Abby, her community ties were strengthened and she and her family were able to address their needs in an empowered way.

    For more information, contact Tavia Berrigan, our Program Manager at 503-226-7079 ext. 134 or by email at tberrigan@jfcs-portland.org.

    Calls for Emergency Aid will be returned within 24 hours during regular hours of operation.