Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh

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Emergency Assistance

You can turn to JF&CS for emergency assistance during a crisis. We will work with you to understand your situation, identify solutions and help you access them. Click here to view our SOS Pittsburgh video.

How We Help

  • All assistance is offered in the context of working with JF&CS's Critical Needs Resource Coordinator or our Social Service & Critical Needs Coordinator at JF&CS's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry allowing us to address not only your immediate crisis, but to work with you on a plan to improve long-term well-being.
  • In some cases, emergency needs are fully addressed by resources identified through the review process. Where it is determined that there is further need, we will look to community resources and SOS Pittsburgh. Screening is required by the Critical Needs Coordinator at JF&CS's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry and assistance must be approved by the review committee of SOS Pittsburgh. SOS Pittsburgh is a program of last resort in which support may be given only if the potential client can demonstrate self-sufficiency once the short-term crisis has been resolved.
  • Emergency food is available through JF&CS's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry.

Meet the People We Help

  • As a new client at the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, JF&CS learned that Jacob* was an older adult who not only needed food but might soon need a place to live since he was without a job and way to pay rent.
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  • Unexpected car repairs can lead to much bigger problems if Sara* can’t get to work to support her family.
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*Name changed to protect client confidentiality.

Contact Information

Claire Burbea, LCSW Social Service & Critical Needs Coordinator
work 828 Hazelwood Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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