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Time to reflect on the many lives changed through Jewish Family Services


September 7, 2018

Michael McKee

For 40 years, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando has served the needs of our neighbors, regardless of race, religion, culture or national origin. We have cared for tens of thousands of those neighbors, keeping true to our mission of "providing services to stabilize individuals and families in crisis, and enhancing the quality of life across generations to all members of the Central Florida community." We strive to ensure that our mission is reflected in everything we do. Our mission gives us purpose and direction and we appreciate the opportunities that our mission provides. We continue to provide those services in four core service areas: Mental and Emotional Stability, Hunger, Homelessness Prevention and Aging Services.

Annually, the Jewish New Year gives us the opportunity to reflect on the lives we changed and the impact that we have in our community. The delivery and relevance of our programs have allowed us to grow our services, thereby allowing us to serve more people. However, the need is still great.

Eric Geboff

Whether a family needs counseling following a crisis, or a parent needs help putting food on the dinner table, Jewish Family Services provides the help necessary to meet these basic yet vital needs of our community. Our services are as diverse as those we serve. We are proud to offer counseling services that care for clients from age four and up; the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry that provides shelf stable foods, produce and meats; transportation for the elderly and disabled for medical appointments and essential shopping; emergency financial assistance; a structured family stabilization program that has tremendous success and outcomes; and more.

The efforts at Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando are a great example of a community coming together because they need to. Because we still need to today. Because Central Florida needs us, the resources we offer and the services we provide. We need these sorts of pure motives to nurture genuine communities. What we will continue to provide and create with your help will be something remarkable.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and clients that we serve, our best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 5779.

Michael McKee, president

Eric Geboff, executive director


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