Offering Support During Life’s Challenges
CASE MANAGEMENT We contract a part-time social worker to assist with intake for clients that have specific requests, ranging from housing, financial assistance or income support, access to benefits programs for low-income families, employment referrals and more.
HOLIDAY SUPPORT Five times a year we deliver holiday gift baskets to individuals and families who are isolated from the community due to illness, financial difficulties or personal crises. We hand-deliver these baskets full of gifts and holiday food items so that they can gain access to the specialty items needed to celebrate the Jewish holidays.
We also foster social connections through these visits during Rosh Hashana, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot.
FOOD SUPPORT JFSVI provides monthly Food subsidies for low-income individuals and families on Vancouver Island. Throughout the year we receive grocery gift cards as donations to our food subsidy program.
We also run a Country Grocer receipt program. When you shop at Country Grocer please save your receipts and drop them off at the Jewish Community Centre (JCC). We receive 2% of the total amount of receipts in the form of grocery gift cards that we distribute to people with urgent requests for assistance.
Simply place all your receipts in an envelope marked JFS and put it through the mail slot at the front door at any time the JCC is closed. You can also drop off your Country Grocer receipts during the JCC deli’s lunch hours on Tuesday-Friday from 11:30-1:30 pm. During deli lunch hours, please place the receipts in our large yellow envelope at the front desk.
DISCOUNTS Throughout the year, JFSVI provides courtesy tickets to its clients and others in need so that money is not a barrier to participating in Jewish cultural events. We are thankful to the Victoria Jewish Film Festival, Kolot Mayim Reform Congregation, Congregation Emmanuel and the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria for providing movie tickets, Passover Community Seder tickets, music events and theatre tickets for the enjoyment of everyone.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR FUNDING We work with several Holocaust survivors across Vancouver Island that are given compensation money from Germany. The “Cummings” program is administered by a Jewish Family Services volunteer. This program can be very challenging to administer as everything has to be documented and pre-approved. Often the survivors have residual effects from their traumas during the Holocaust that need the attention and assistance of the JFSVI social worker and the Cummings caseworker.
SENIORS OUTREACH Our volunteers make regular house calls to seniors in the community to reduce social isolation.
REFERRALS AND RESOURCES We provide referral services for a wide range of critical service agencies, including: counseling services, law services, employment coaching, government agencies, and more. On our website, you will also find a list of community resources for a range of life issues. Click here for resources.