JFCS of Suncoast receives $25,000 grant from Sephardic Foundation in New York

Funds to support Aging Services program

Image from the website of the JFCS of the Suncoast

The Sephardic Foundation on Aging (SFOA), which is based in New York City, has awarded the Jewish Family and Children Services (JFCS) of the Suncoast a $25,000 grant for the JFCS Aging Services program, the Sarasota organization has announced.

“Our roots in caring for the older Jewish community began over 70 years ago, when we opened our doors as The Sephardic Home for the Aged in Brooklyn, N.Y,.” the SFOA pointed out in a news release.

“The Aging Services program at JFCS offers a wide array of senior-based programs, from caregiver support groups and counseling to Alzheimer’s support and education,” the release explains.

The SFOA “fosters innovation and collaboration in the field of aging so older people and their communities have the support and resources they need to flourish,” the release continues.

“According to the National Council on Aging,” the release adds, more than half of caregivers work full-time, and it is estimated that approximately 15 million days of work are lost each year due to caregiving. This grant will help offer a crucial service for Sarasota’s elderly by providing support and resources to overburdened caregivers, as well as provide other welcome support to the aging in our community,” the release says.

“Inspired by the Jewish tradition of helping all people,” the leaders of JFCS believe “all people are to be treated with dignity and respect and have equal opportunity for physical and mental well-being, self-expression, and joy,” the release points out. “The Sephardic Foundation on Aging emphasizes care and connection as hallmarks of the community [it serves],” the release adds.

“Together both JFCS and SFOA will bring dignity and therapeutic assistance to support individuals and families living with dementia. Topics such as personal loss, family, relationships, wellness and isolation will be discussed in caregiver groups,” the release continues.

“JFCS is one of the Florida Suncoast’s leading mental health and human services agencies,” the release adds. It delivers “programs and services on a non-denominational basis with the goal of empowering individuals toward well-being and self-reliance.”