Legal-name: Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Long Beach & West Orange County
Previous-name: JFCS Long Beach
Address: 3801 E. Willow Street
City: Long Beach
Officer: Norma Stein, President
ContactName: Kathryn Miles
Title: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: JFCS requests funding to provide low-cost or no-cost mental health services to low-income individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 crisis and the impact of job loss or, increased childcare needs, and other additional financial stressors.
Periodoftime: One year
Audienceserved: Low-income, under-or unemployed, elderly, food-insecure, disabled, working parents with new childcare expenses, and youth that are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Demoofaudience: Aged birth to 100 years, 85% fall below 200% of the federal poverty level and 75% are people of color.
Numberofserved: 225 – 275
District: JFCS is located in District 5 but serves Districts 1-9.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : The COVID-19 pandemic is a disaster on multiple fronts, several of which fall under the purview of the services provided by JFCS. Over the past month JFCS has worked with members of the Long Beach community to provide food, diapers, formula, toiletries and other basic needs to those who have experienced a decrease in their incomes as a result of the pandemic. Volunteers have been connected with seniors to shop for and deliver groceries, and members of the social work team have partnered with the Health Department and The Center to call seniors who may be in need of resources.
One basic need that is as important as physical health is mental health. The impact of mental health on physical wellbeing is well documented. During these stressful and uncertain times, mental health is more important than ever. The team at JFCS recognizes how important it is for people to access services, even if it means connecting remotely. All JFCS mental health and domestic violence service provision was transitioned to a telehealth model in one week, in order to continue providing services while keeping current with social distancing orders. Services are being provided via phone and HIPAA compliant video conferencing platforms. JFCS has already received requests from new and existing clients to receive counseling on the sliding fee scale at a further reduced or waived fee, depending on their personal situation. Some have asked to be on a payment plan when they start working again.
JFCS is also providing a free, online support group for people who are experiencing increased anxiety and grief during this unprecedented and trying time and to connect with others, discuss their experience, and learn about coping skill they can utilize.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : JFCS will assist members of the Long Beach community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis by supporting their mental health and emotional well-being through low-or-no cost counseling services. In times of isolation and trauma, mental health issues worsen. Many individuals and families live paycheck to paycheck. They may have been impacted by the loss of hours or a job all together and now find themselves alone at home all day long, home schooling young children in a language that is not native to them, or paying for childcare because schools are closed and their job is considered essential. The impact that these unprecedented stresses is having and will continue to have on people is immeasurable at this point.
Our mission is to empower people to make positive changes through professional, affordable counseling and support services. Our vision is to see a community healed, one person, one family, at a time. JFCS’s values and ethics have a primary focus on humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. JFCS is here to help in this time of crisis, and this is what we are trained to do.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : JFCS will assist low-income individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 virus. JFCS believes that mental health services are a basic human need that is often overlooked. Clients will come from a broad cross-section of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Services will be offered in English and Spanish and are open to all in the community, regardless of citizenship status. JCFS is a place where low-income individuals and families can come and feel safe.
Long Beach residents are grieving the loss of normalcy, the fear of economic toll, and the loss of connection. They are also feeling anticipatory grief, that feeling one gets about what the future holds when one is uncertain. They are being devastated by their own, friend’s, and family’s job losses, as well as the uncertainty of the severity of the Covid-19 crisis and when it might end. Financial stress is abundant, and basic necessities such as being able to pay rent and put food on the table are a daily struggle.
These potential clients may know someone who has passed away from contracting the coronavirus. Seniors are more isolated due to Covid-19 high risk factors such as being over 60 years old and having underlying health issues. Domestic violence survivors and their children may be trapped at home with their abusers and need assistance seeking safety. Parents are stressed by having to work at home with their children confined within the home due to school closures and social distancing. Retirement plans may have been put on hold by stock market losses to IRA or 401K accounts. Being able to have a counselor to talk to can relieve some of the emotional stress in these uncertain times. After all, good emotional health is essential in helping to maintain immunity against disease.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: None.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: SBA Paycheck Protection Loan, Jewish Long Beach