Jewish Family Service will throw a housewarming party
What: Jewish Family Service Open House
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2
Where: 1960 Sidewinder Drive, Suite 103
Jewish Family Service moved into its new home at 1960 Sidewinder Drive, Suite 103, this summer, and is now ready to throw a housewarming party.
The interfaith social-service nonprofit will host a free open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3., said Executive Director Ellen Silver.
The event will feature a light brunch, facility tours and in-depth information about the different services it offers to the community. (See accompanying list).
Board President-elect Darcy Amiel emphasized all of these services are not only offered to local Jewish families.
“Our new tagline is ‘Serving all Utahns since 1872,’ and this is one thing that I don’t think people understand,” she said.
Current board president Joy Erickson said the services are based on what the community needs, and affordable mental health counseling is one of Jewish Family Serivce’s main focus.
“In the past year, we’ve had so many people who needed help with mental health issues, and that’s really what spirited us forward,” she said. “There are people who need counseling, but can’t afford the going rate of a licensed psychologist or social worker.. So we have a pretty expansive sliding-fee scale with a goal of not turning anyone way.”
JFS currently employs one counselor who is bilingual in Spanish and English, and is searching to find another, Silver said.
“We have a full-time opening that is being funded by a private donor,” she said.
Although mental wellness is a big topic for JFS, Erickson said the nonprofit will expand into senior services shortly.
“This is an upcoming issue, and people are concerned about what to do when they become less independent as they once were,” she said.
In addition to the tours and information sharing, Temple Har Shalom’s Rabbi David Levinsky arrive at noon to hang a mezuzah, which is a written prayer that is encased in a decorative ornament, Silver said.
“The blessing speaks to protecting homes and buildings,” Silver said. “It is hung on the right hand posts of doors, and most all Jewish homes have a mezuzah on their front doors. Some homes have them on every door.”
Jewish Family Service, which had been housed for the past 10 years at the People’s Health Clinic at Quinn’s Junction, originally planned to find a new office in 2020, according to Silver.
“Once this space became available, we didn’t want to lose it,” she said. “We were able to do move rather quickly because of a group of philanthropic folks in the community came forth and said they would help us. And it will help us serve more people and be the kind of partner we want to be with the community.”
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