While the majority of JFCS services are available to anyone, certain programs
such as Jewish Career Services and Helping Hands are integral components
of our JFCS Jewish Community Services.
These services that YOU make possible enable those experiencing severe
life challenges to work toward their goals while maintaining dignity and hope.
For 20 years, Asher* owned a thriving business and enjoyed the many material
things that went along with financial success. However, during the 2008
recession, Asher hit rock bottom.
“My business crashed and burned,” he says quietly. “I
lost my house, and had to declare bankruptcy. Over time, I was reduced
to using food stamps, and seeking out food banks. And at some point, I
had to sell my plasma to pay for food and gas.”
The 49-year-old former business owner wistfully concedes that being divorced
and having grown children, at least spared him the grief of subjecting
his family to embarrassment and difficult times. “If you have to
go through anything like this, best to do it alone,” he says wryly.
Eventually the pendulum began to swing back in Asher’s favor. “My
rabbi referred me to the JFCS program Helping Hands where I received gift
cards and money to help pay my bills.” Asher also received job-search
assistance through Jewish Career Services.
“I discovered that resume-writing has changed over the years. It’s
more like an art form now...who knew?” he laughs. “What did
I know about job banks or networking groups? My career coach gave me information
and referrals. So I went, met people, and kept pounding the pavement.”
Asher secured a full-time management position at an established firm! “While
the salary was lower than warranted by my qualifications, I no longer
had to rely on others.” Not only is he able to pay back debts, Asher
also chooses to donate regularly to JFCS. “I know they don’t
expect it, but for me, it’s away to express my gratitude,”
he shrugs his shoulders and smiles broadly. “Giving back, and helping
JFCS to help others, is the least I can do.”
*Alternative name and photo have been used to protect the client’s privacy.
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