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Community Update: Coronavirus

Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) of Pittsburgh is monitoring reports of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to manage the risk.

JFCS staff continues to meet the needs of clients and the community. Most of JFCS staff is working remotely at full capacity. The JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is open with adjusted distribution and critical functions that require face to face service are continuing on a case-by-case basis.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help. 412.422.7200

The staff at JFCS is working at full capacity – meeting the needs of clients and the community. Staff working remotely continue to meet with clients virtually on the phone and on video. The JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is open with adjusted distribution and critical functions that require face to face service are continuing on a case-by-case basis.

For after hours support, call 412.422.7200

JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry: jfcspgh.org/foodpantry
Monday: 9AM-12:15PM
Tuesday & Thursday: 9AM-12:15PM, 1:30-2:45PM
Wednesday & Friday: 9AM-12:15PM
Pantry or SOS critical needs: 412-421-2708

JFCS Career Development Center: jfcspgh.org/cdc
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Career services and support – 412-422-5627 or cdc@jfcspgh.org.
Employer outplacement for recruitment – 412-586-3764 or cdc@jfcspgh.org.

JFCS Immigrant & Refugee Services: jfcspgh.org/refugee
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Questions/referrals, contact ISAC – 412-742-4200 or isac@jfcspgh.org.
Emergency concerns – 412-422-7200 or refugee@jfcspgh.org.

JFCS Senior Services: jfcspgh.org/seniors
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
AgeWell Pittsburgh Information & Referral line – 412-422-0400 and leave a message
Email seniors@jfcspgh.org

JFCS Counseling Services: jfcspgh.org/counseling
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Email counseling@jfcsgh.org
Call 412-904-5960 and leave a message. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
If this is an emergency, dial 9-1-1

JFCS Immigration Legal Services: jfcspgh.org/immigration
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Clients with questions or concerns should call or email the staff member who is representing them.
Clients can also call 412-904-5966.
If there is an emergency, email to Jamie Englert at jenglert@jfcspgh.org.

JFCS Guardianship Services: jfcspgh.org/guardianship
24/7 Support
Guardianship after hours please call 412-422-7200 and ask to speak to the guardianship department.
Fax referral forms (download here) to 412-345-0380 and expect a call back within 24 hours of receiving it.

The JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is continuing to serve the community with food distribution. The health and safety of the people we serve is our top priority and our service model has been adjusted to align with best practices to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19. If clients have questions, please call (412) 421-2708.

Important announcements:

  • As of March 16th, clients will receive pre-bagged foods when they come to the pantry.
  • JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry’s annual client Pesach distribution this year is by appointment only. Please call 412-506-3051 to schedule your appointment today.
  • Friday Bread days are suspended until further notice. 
  • Individual food donations are suspended until further notice.

Updated 3/30/2020

Registration for upcoming virtual support groups, workshops and events can be found at jfcspgh.org/events.

Open Support for Problem Solving
Angelica Miskanin, Psychotherapist and Sonia Bajwa, PsyD Candidate
April 6 at 11:00 am.

Open Space Support
Sonia Bajwa, PsyD Candidate
April 7 at 7:30 pm

Support Group for Essential Workers
Kelli McElhinny, Psychotherapist
April 8 at 9:30 am

Mindfulness and Meditation for Stress Management
Angelica Miskanin, Psychotherapist and Sonia Bajwa, PsyD Candidate
April 8 at 11:00 am

Older Adult Open Spaces Support Group
Sandy Budd, Psychotherapist
April 13 at 1:00 pm

Support Group for Essential Workers
Kelli McElhinny, Psychotherapist
April 14 at 8:00 pm

Older Adult Open Spaces Support Group
Sandy Budd, Psychotherapist
April 20 at 1:00 pm

Older Adult Open Spaces Support Group
Sandy Budd, Psychotherapist
April 27 at 1:00 pm

Trauma Resiliency Group, organized by the 10.27 Healing Partnership 
Amy Lohr, MSW
Wednesdays at 5:00 pm

* Information is currently up to date, any changes will be directly updated to the links and articles listed *

Food Assistance: In addition to the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry (412-421-2708), there are several food assistance resources are available for you and your family during the coronavirus crisis > jfcspgh.org/food-assistance

Income and Employment Assistance: In addition to reaching out to the JFCS Career Development Center (412-422-5627 or cdc@jfcspgh.org), here are resources to help you throughout this time of uncertainty to ensure your family can maintain some level of financial stability through various types of income assistance and employment services. > jfcspgh.org/income-and-employment-assistance

Housing & Utilities: At this time, it is very important for residents to have secure housing and utilities available. Here is a list of housing and utility assistance > jfcspgh.org/housing-utility-assistance

Resources for parents with kids at home: If your children are at home with you during this time, you may be looking for ways to keep them busy, entertained, and learning. Use these kid-friendly resources at home to help your children to continue to learn, find new ways to have fun, and stay entertained > jfcspgh.org/resources-for-parents-with-kids-at-home

It is critical that we come together as a community to help families and individuals struggling financially or with food insecurity in the days, weeks and months ahead. Please make a tax-deductible donation and together we can help our community.

To make the difference and ensure that families have food to eat and are connected to resources – donate to our emergency campaign

To support refugees and immigrants with basic needs – donate here

At this time we are unable to accept in-kind donations.