Community development block grant program for JFS and JVS
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ and Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest have received grants from the Community Development Block Grant program, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented the funds to Diane K. Squadron, PsyD, JFS’s chief executive officer, and Michael Andreas, CEO of JVS, on January 19.
The continued funding for JFS will provide case management services for frail, homebound, and isolated older adults throughout Essex County. This program is an integrated approach to the provision of case management, mental health, health education, and healthcare services, with the goal of enabling older adults to get the support they need to live meaningful lives. The plan is monitored and adapted to meet the evolving needs of the aging client. As clients get older, their health declines, and their needs increase.
The funds JVS received will be used to support its work with people with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. Its vocational rehabilitation department provides individualized assistance to people with disabilities to help them enter and be successful in the workplace. Services include all facets of career discovery, career readiness including life skills, job placement, and long-term follow-along.
For information on JFS MetroWest,
call (973) 765-9050 or go to www.jfsmetrowest.org. For information on JVS MetroWest, call (973) 674-6330 or go to jvsnj.org.