Syracuse Jewish Family Service helps individuals and families in the Jewish and general communities maximize their self determination, realize their potential and live with dignity. Serving the Jewish and general communities since 1939. SJFS is guided by the Jewish values of community, family, respect, and autonomy, and promotes these values through programs that preserve and strengthen individual and family well-being.
Today, under the Menorah Park umbrella, our SJFS team of caring professionals provides human services that include counseling and mental health services, care management, advocacy, volunteering, outreach and educational programming.
Solutions Care Management assists individuals and families with common transitions and issues facing seniors or individuals with disabilities or chronic illness. Available services include assessment, care planning, information and referral both locally and nationally, service coordination, and communication between providers and between providers and family members; assistance with obtaining benefits forms; and help obtaining personal and home maintenance services. Ext. 231
Solutions also assists seniors and individuals with disabilities to manage household bills and paperwork, writing out checks, balancing financial statements, reading and writing personal correspondence, and completing applications,
insurance forms and other official paperwork. This program is subsidized by a grant from the United Way of CNY. A sliding fee scale keeps services affordable to most. Ext. 231
Our Seniors (SOS), coordinated by Solutions, provides grocery shopping, basic errand services and transportation (with or without a patient advocate) to local medical appointments.
EISEP (Expanded In-home Service for the Elderly Program) provides non-medical care management to help seniors retain their independence and live in their own homes. Care managers coordinate personal care, light housekeeping and ancillary services. This program is administered through a contract with Onondaga County Dept. of Aging & Youth.
Kosher Meals on Wheels provides affordable, nutritious meals and regular social contact. SJFS is the only local provider of home delivered kosher meals. SJFS provides over 11,000 kosher meals a year to individuals who are unable to shop and prepare their own meals. Respite meals are also available for both clients and their caregivers. The KMOW coordinator performs regular in-home assessments and provides information and linkage to the SJFS continuum of care management and the County social services safety net. This program is subsidized by Onondaga County Dept. of Aging & Youth. Ext. 223
Community Mental Health
Therapy and Counseling Services are available for children, families, couples, individuals and groups. Services are pro- vided on a sliding scale fee schedule and third-party insurances, including Medicare, are accepted. Groups and creative arts therapy meet by appointment. Ext. 225
Family Life Education and Professional Training programs present regular psycho- educational opportunities on and off campus. A variety of individualized programs, events, classes and workshops are available to fit the learning needs of seniors, families and informal caregivers, as well as aging services professionals and students. Ext. 225
BeWell Initiative (Behavioral and Emotional Wellness Empowers Later Life) integrates these programs with a particular emphasis on psychogeriatric wellness, education, and service needs.
The Tachlis of Inclusion Program reaches out to Jewish clients with special needs, bringing Jewish holiday and cultural experiences to them as well as training in cul- tural competency to residence staff and other service providers. We offer regular educational and service opportunities for older adults and clients with disabilities. Ext. 234
Volunteers, Education & Outreach
Volunteer opportunities abound. Call for information on how to match your talents with the needs on campus and in the community. Ext. 234
Project Chaver, matching caring, personable volunteers with home-bound seniors who benefit from home visits, reassuring phone calls and help with errands.
The Chore Corps, matching students with seniors who need help with yard work, shoveling, cleaning out closets, or similar household chores and light clean-up
Learn More at www.sjfs.org