Understandably, many older adults are dealing with loneliness and fear related to the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, many older adults are self-isolating in order to reduce risk of exposure and illness, causing intense feelings of anxiety and depression and further exacerbating prior experiences of loneliness and isolation. “Friendly calls” are being offered to older adults in Milwaukee County who are at increased risk for depression and anxiety due to increased social isolation and stress related to the COVID crisis. Master’s prepared staff, clinical interns and volunteers are available to provide 15-30 minute calls to older adults in Milwaukee County identified by MCDA and community partners as in need of this service.

To refer an Older Adult for Friendly Calls:
Call: 414-225-1374
Email: clinic@jfsmilw.org
Text: 414-376-0711
Hours available for calls:
Mon. – Thurs. 8:30am to 5:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am to 2:00pm

A Message from Jennifer Ciralsky, Board Chair and John A. Yopps, President & CEO – March 24, 2020

Caring for Our Community

Jewish Family Services, Inc. (JFS) has long been part of the fabric of our community, a distinguished and multi-faceted legacy committed to Chesed, Tzedekah and Tikkun Olam. JFS remains dedicated to these values and believes the health of our community, families and colleagues is paramount at this time. With the presence and threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are announcing the very difficult decision to close our main administrative site at 1300 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee, WI to all but essential staff for the indefinite future. This is effective Tuesday, March 24.

Our programs, services and essential functions will continue to operate through virtual platforms for meetings, services and supports. We have put policies and contingency plans in place to continue operations and will adapt as needs, priorities and circumstances demand. We have enhanced our communication capability so that we can keep our clients, staff and the community informed, and to ensure our services and supports remain available and accessible. There are many who rely on JFS and being able to say that we will be here for you means everything to us. When the current threat subsides and our community and city begin to recover, we will review reopening our building and resuming services as usual.

Although our building might not be open, we continue to provide Hope, Help and Healing for those we serve, the community and those in need. JFS is not defined by a place or building, our mission is rooted in people, caring and serving – and lives through our staff, board, donors, volunteers and advocates. We appreciate your ongoing support of JFS and our mission of caring for our community.

Jennifer Ciralsky, Chair                                     John A. Yopps, MS, ACHE
Board Of Directors                                              President and CEO
Jewish Family Services, Inc.                             Jewish Family Services, Inc.