Mission: To help people manage their lives, improve the quality of family life, and enhance the social organization of the community.
About the organization: Founded in 1978, Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County offers emergency food assistance, individual and family counseling, and programs for children and youth, young adults, and seniors at locations in Stamford and Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Current programs: The organization provides case management and emergency assistance, operates a Kosher food pantry and meal delivery service, and offers interest-free loans for needs such as home or car repairs, medical expenses, and funeral costs. Other services offered by the organization include counseling for adults, children and adolescents, seniors, couples, families, and separated and divorced parents, as well as a life education program featuring parenting classes aimed at helping children adjust to their parents' separation or divorce, group counseling and support groups, mediation groups, and workshops. Programs for children and youth include a Jewish summer camp scholarship fund and a safe space for LGBTQ teens, while the Jewish Twenties and Thirties program connects young adults through social, educational, cultural, and volunteer events. Services for seniors include a home companion program that provides support services for people suffering from dementia, hearing and/or visual impairment, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and heart attack or stroke; support groups, holiday gatherings, day trips, and emergency medical assistance for Holocaust survivors; and brain fitness classes.
Website: Visitors to the site can learn more about the organization's services and how to apply for help, read stories of impact, and sign up for the organization's newsletter. They can also learn more about supporting the organization by making a donation and/or signing up to volunteer.
Funding: Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County is supported by individuals, foundations, government agencies, and program fees.